El Dorado County Wine

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The spectacular Sierra Nevada range offers a fitting backdrop to the vineyards of El Dorado County; some of the loftiest in California (ranging from 1,200 to 3,600 feet). In this outdoor playground, a vibrant wine industry plays host to both cutting edge and traditional wineries alike.

The history of grape growing in the region dates to the 1850s when vineyards were planted in the area to quench the thirst of miners and speculators in search of gold. By 1870, El Dorado only trailed Los Angeles and Sonoma Counties in wine production. While the search for precious stone spurred the industry in its early years, the true ‘gold’ of the region is the county’s old vine Zinfandel vines which continue to produce some of California’s most expressive wines. However, despite its world wide reputation for great Zin, El Dorado County (and its three approved AVAs – El Dorado , Fairplay and the Sierra Foothills) are also home to a number of wineries experimenting with an eclectic mélange of varietals. The Read more »

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  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Viognier

    History of the grape: Viognier is thought to be an indigenous grape of Croatia that was brought to the Rhone in Franc...

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  • Paravi Vineyards

    ParaVi Vineyards is located high in the Sierra Foothills in an area known as "Apple Hill." Our ma...

  • Clavey Vineyards

    Clavey Vineyards is a small family owned vineyard and winery located in the Sierra Foothills near...

  • Grant & Eddie

    Grant and Eddie have combined their skills to produce intense, elegant, terroir wines that eloque...

  • Mount Aukum Winery

    Early in the winter of 2000/2001 three cousins from Texas, found a piece of land in El Dorado Co...

  • Long Creek Winery

    Long Creek Winery is a boutique winery encompassing thirty acres neatly tucked away in the Sierra...

  • Lavender Ridge Vineyard (California)

    Rich and Siri Gilpin are the owners and operators of Lavender Ridge Vineyard. Rich has a BS degre...

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  • Perry Creek Winery 'Altitude 2401 Legacy' Zinfandel NV

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    Great Zin. Read More

    Wine review by RFlannery


  • Lava Cap Zinfandel El Dorado Reserve 2010

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    Gently creamy oak frames dark balsam scented berry fruit on the nose. In the mouth this is rich and very focused with clear rusty red fruit and red cherry fruit supported by ripe tannins and good acids. The fruit pops on the finish, along with some gentle tannins and a finishing note of wood spice. 88pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Lava Cap Zinfandel El Dorado Reserve 2011

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    Tight and earthy on the nose, musky even with aromas of capers, smoke, bouquet garni, and rich red fruit all coming together beautifully. Bright, faceted, and vaguely mineral in the mouth this displays cherryish fruit and a bit of herb on the palate. Really gorgeously balanced, this is refined, if a bit old school with its dry edge of austerity... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Easton Zinfandel California Shenandoah Valley Estate Bottled 2010

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    Fairly oaky on the nose with lots of coffee accents to the black and plummy nose. Bright firm and well defined in the mouth, with bright acids supporting tart red berry fruit, framed by lovely peppery and almost gin like accents. Focused in the mouth with gorgeous fruit, fine edgy tannins and floral finish. 91pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Serafina Cellars Sauvignon Blanc Sierra Foothills 2013

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    Wine review by anchca


  • Found Snooth by accident.  My wife and I are from Northern California, ... Amador, Placer, Nevada, or El Dorado county wineries are really close for me, but I would drive to Napa if such a wine (good wine) were available.  Thanks for any help. Pau Read More

    Forum post in the topic Glad to be among friends


  • Renwood Grandpere Zinfandel Sierra Foothills. California 2004

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    Wine review by JuliaSchlitt


  • Diarie Break Away Zinfandel Sierra Foothills 2009

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    "Light" appearing red in the glass.maybe a tad darker than the 2009 DiArie Primitivo that I am also tasting, tonight. Fairly light nose with noticeable blackberry aromas. Much rounder and fuller than the Primitivo (still no more than a medium-bodied wine)--more blackberry flavor, maybe not quite as acidic. A fairly simple wine. Very easy to ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Terre Rouge l'Autre G.s.m. Ble Miscellaneous Sierra Foothills Usa 2008

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    Excellent rhone blend. Very well balanced with fresh red and black fruit, black cherry, supple and fine tannins, nice round mouth feel and a real nice finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Hello WV,Not sure if Rieslings are a good place to launch since they have quite ... fell in lust years ago with El Dorado County zins but they aren't quite as easy to find as Napa/Sonoma old vine versions.Good luck with the journey. Read More

    Forum post in the topic HELP!! WINE VIRGIN HERE...


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