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The Sierra Foothills is a vast region of California, one of the largest in the country. The climate is conducive to quality grape-growing, with warm days and cool nights. 

The Sierra Foothills is the heart of the Gold Rush territory and it was during this era in the mid 1850s that vineyards were first planted by Swiss immigrant Adam Uhlinger in Shenandoah Valley. Others expanded plantings into El Dorado and in 1860, the region’s first commercial winery, Fossati-Lombardo was established. Gold miners had a penchant for growing Zinfandel since it was easy to train and didn’t require costly equipment and maintenance. 
 
The Gold Rushers used hydraulicking (blasting with pressurized water) to dig into the mountainsides. This resulted in dozens of man-made canyons in the foothills. The miners didn’t much appreciate the side effect of flooding, but it proved great for subsequent wine production since it left a layer of fertile silt in the canyons. Eventually hydraulicking Read more »

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  • 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...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Barbera

    History of the grape: Barbera is a native to the Piedmont, where it has been growing for centuries, and is now the fo...

  • 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...

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  • Renwood Winery

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

  • Lone Buffalo Vineyards

    Lone Buffalo Vineyards, launched in 2007 in Auburn, CA is the culmination of owner and winemaker ...

  • Domaine de la Terre Rouge

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

  • Grant & Eddie

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

  • Fog Mountain

    Boisset Family Estates is an innovative, eco-minded, family-owned producer and importer of fine w...

  • Long Creek Winery

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

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Sierra Foothills on Snooth

  • Renwood Old Vine Zinfandel 2004

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    imported from danceforme. Read More

    Wine review by salomogt


  • Pruett Taylor's Reserve Estate Syrah 2012

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    Very dark in the glassnot quite Petite Sirah dark, but still. It even has a dark nosedark fruits, prunes, some mustiness. On the tongue Im getting some blackberry, but its not really much of a hit. There is more earthiness or dustiness than fruit. However, this wine is a mouthful. Very full bodied. I like it, but it loses points because of... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Obsession Symphony White Grape California Ironstone Mo 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by marymarchell


  • Sobon Estate Zinfandel Amador County Old Vine 2014

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    Spicy strawberry and raspberry aromas with a dusty earthiness underneath. Bright and cheerful cherry and strawberry notes on the palate with soft mixed berry fruit and zesty baking spice filling the mid palate. On the finish there's a drying tannic skid and a bit of smoke that plays against more tart fruit and a touch of herb. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • D, not everything winds up on the internet, at least not via the usual ... ... ... empty roads through the Sierra Foothills (but way north of my last trip to the foothills) and then over the passes to the eastern side of the Sierra.  There's still snow on the ground above 5000 feet in places, and I got hit by some squally rainstorms both ways... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Vinum Cellars the Scrapper Cabernet Franc 2011

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    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


  • DV, my father cut himself pretty well with a utility knife when I was a ... Overnights to Sierra Foothills, Monterey County, are options for anyone wanting to extend a stay.  As Emark said elsewhere, life is good.  Very good Read More

    Forum post in the topic Time for an offline?


  • Sounds like fun, v v.  I have to say that the Sierra Foothills example that I had may by an "acquired taste." Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Stop drinking those Fenoccchios so young!  An early drinking Barolo ... ... it would be like calling a Sierra Foothills wine a Napa wine, for starters.  Why IGT and not DOC or DOCG?  If it fell in one of the recognized DOC or DOCG areas, it would also have to be from an approved grape.  So it only falls into the IGT category because of where i... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Careful, OT--you've been Snark-free for months, but sarcasm is a gateway ... a CG Di Arie Syrah from the Sierra Foothills consumed with a farro salad and burger.  Why ironic?  Because I was at Drake's Dealership, the new flagship restaurant of the Drake's Brewery, which makes really good beer.  So good, in fact, that DVogler enjoyed beer there... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


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