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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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Viognier

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

  • Petite Sirah

    History of the grape: Petite Syrah is often confused with its parent grape, Syrah, but it has been identified as a se...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Zinfandel

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

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  • Domaine de la Terre Rouge

    TERRE ROUGE and EASTON Wines is located in California on the West Slope of the Sierra Nevada i...

  • Paravi Vineyards

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

  • Busby Cellars

    The Grahams’ dream of owning and operating a vineyard and winery was born in the early nineties, ...

  • Renwood Winery

    Surrounded by some of America’s oldest Zinfandel vineyards, Renwood Winery is located in the pict...

  • Clos Du Lac Cellars/greenstone Winery

    This French-style country winery is set dramatically against the oaks of rural Jackson Valley. I...

  • Long Creek Winery

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

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  • Vinum Cellars the Scrapper Cabernet Franc 2011


    Darkly rich red currant and raspberry fruit aromas with good baking spice and black pepper and a slight note of varietally correct green herb. Nicely rich and full in the mouth, this is fruity and full bodied, showing a lot of spicy acidity, good earthiness from the chew of the tannins, and bright raspberry and black cherry fruit. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Being a fan of Jolie-Laide and being that we have been drinking a lot of whites and rosés of late I bit on this and got a Pinot Gris, 4 Rosé and 4 of the Keep as well as restocked on Belharra Rosé. Nice to get the 5% locals discount which drops the price below winery release. I like the girls at ACME. They always have new, interesting things to ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?

  • The Pilot Hill Gang Cabernet/Merlot El Dorado County 2014


    My 1st El Dorado Cnty cabbie. Not the big, rustic wine you'd expect though - finesse to go with a medium body requires layers of fruit, accenting spice and terrior. Earthy with blackberries, dark cherries, mint and pepper put forward a back palate pop at the end - food wine for sure. Drink now - Paul 89 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951

  • David Girard Vineyards Coda Rouge El Dorado 2012


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    Wine review by Tlparadise

  • David Girard Vineyards Coda Rouge El Dorado 2012


    Beautiful and spicy red fruit aromas leap out of the glass with baking spice, raspberry and licorice framed by touches of soft clay and powdered sugar. Gorgeous in the mouth and quite delicate on entry, this starts out soft, round and full of cherry and raspberry notes, then takes on a bit of an edge, showing tart strawberry, spice, cinnamon and... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • I'm at least one person who said the merlot is best used to soften up ... ... ... from David Girard, an El Dorado County winery (Sierra Foothills, not far off I-80, the road to N. Tahoe).  It's a Mourvedre heavy (46%) S. Rhone blend.  Grenache is just 15%, and there's a little Counoise, but Syrah and Mourvedre are by far the bulk of the blend... Read More

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  • Pruett Lucky Lauren Red 2012


    From the back label78% Syrah/22% Cabernet Sauvignon. Subdued nose. Some barnyard hints, some prune. On the tongue, again it takes a second to detect the sensations. Again, the fruit that emerges is prunewithout the sweetness. Mushroom earthiness. Some leatherthat might be the Cabernet Sauvignon talking. Serious tannin and serious acid sug... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Donkey and Goat El Dorado Grenache Noir 2012


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    Wine review by mark

  • Donkey and Goat Syrah Fenaughty 2010


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    Wine review by mark

  • Perry Creek Winery 'Altitude 2401 Legacy' Zinfandel NV


    Great Zin. Read More

    Wine review by RFlannery

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