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The unique Zinfandel grapes of California's Shenandoah Valley rescued this area from obscurity in the wine world. First settled during the Gold Rush by a group from Virginia, the valley produced wine in the late 1800s, but it did not experience a wine boom until well into the 20th century. During the 1960s and 1970s, most of the grapes were sold to jug wine producers. The first steps towards creating an individual identity began in the late 1970’s, when Sutter Home Winery began using the Shenandoah’s distinctive, heavy and jammy Zinfandel grapes to make a regionally-labeled wine. This put the Valley back on the wine map and in January, 1983, it gained appellation status. The AVA, which spreads into portions of Amador and El Dorado counties, encompasses 10,000 acres, with over 2,000 acres under vine. There are now 16 local wineries, while many of the large California producers continue to access Shenandoah Valley grapes on contract. Of course, the dominant and most highly-regarded grape here is Zinfandel 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...

  • Sangiovese

    Prounounced “San-joh-vay-say,” this Italian wine varietal is Tuscany’s #1 red wine grape. It’s the pistol of Central ...

  • Syrah

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

  • Barbera

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

  • Viognier

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

  • 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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  • Kendric Vineyards

    Kendric Vineyards is a small vigneron's operation. We make Pinot Noir from our vineyard in Marin...

  • TKC Winery

    TKC Vineyards is nestled in the heart of the quiet Amador County wine country, renowned for some ...

  • Traverso Wines

    Our wine reflects a carefully balanced blend of modern wine-making techniques with the artistry, ...

  • Villa Toscano Winery & Bistro

    The wines produced from the vineyards in the Shenandoah Valley are renowned for their deep fruit ...

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  • Château Morrisette Chardonnay Blend Sweet Mountain Laurel NV


    I just uncorked my first bottle by this winery and had a glass of this Sweet Mountain Laurel variety with my late lunch of crackers, brie, and fig preserves. This winery is not many miles from my home here in the hills of the Blue Ridge and what a delightful neighbor to have! I just love it (and that's saying a LOT). This reminds me of my favo... Read More

    Wine review by Sarah Kate

  • Andis Wines Semillon 2011


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    Wine review by smuratore

  • "When the moon hits your eye/like a big pizza pie/that's amore."As we ate our breakfast on Sunday morning at the Imperial Hotel in Amador City, the soundtrack subtly changed.  Last night at dinner and halfway through breakfast, the soundtrack was from the same era, but Sam Cooke sent us, and Ray Charles warned us about women.  This morning, with... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Amador County 101

  • Rockbridge Pinot Noir 2010


    Not really diggin' this Virginia Pinot. Notes of cherry cough syrup, somewhat metallic on the back end with light to moderate acidity and (unfortunately) a medium to long finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Easton Zinfandel California Shenandoah Valley Estate Bottled 2010


    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

  • Easton Zinfandel California Shenandoah Valley Estate Bottled 2010


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    Wine review by mark

  • Diarie Primitivo Estate Block #4 Shenandoah Valley 2009


    "Light" appearing ,more red-than-purple color in the glass. Light blackberry and maybe a hint of mint aromas on the nose. Initial mouth impression is that this is a very light red wine. There are some, not a lot, berry flavors. If I stretch, I almost get some lemon. Maybe tea leaves. Not a complex wine at all. Would be good with grilled c... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Jon, it was the Comme Ca Brasserie at the Cosmopolitan Hotel.It was a pretty ... 2009 Estate Grown Block #4 Shenandoah Valley and the same maker's 2009 Break Away Sierra Foothills Zinfandel.  I have been pleased with previous wines that I have had from Di Arie--they are very reasonably priced, are good food wines and, generally, represent the ... Read More

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  • Barbera Cooper Ranch 2010


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    Wine review by mark

  • Château Morrisette Red Blend Red Mountain Laurel NV


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    Wine review by lynnjp

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