Sierra Foot Hills Wine

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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 Read more »

Varietals Produced in Sierra Foot Hills View all

  • 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...

  • Barbera

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

  • 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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  • Dîner Sierra Foothills Grenache Noir 2012

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    A Lot 18 Selection - really just a terrific bottle of Wine. A bit on the dry side, but very well balanced,earthy and spicy and very easy drinking. Went terrifically with a bit of white aged sharp cheddar. Interesting, had another glass far after the meal, wasn't quite as good. Amazing value at $14 per bottle. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Loken Viognier 2011

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    Honey, spice, floral aromas and toast. Flavors of peaches and cream, apricot and some vanilla. 86 pts. Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • Szabo Vineyards Petite Sirah 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by aszabo


  • Torii Mor Cote d'Mor Viognier 2009

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    Sourced form the Sierra Foothills, CA. Nose of honeysuckle, lavender and spice with a floral note that's sweet and enticing. Crisply acidic notes on the palate of florals, white peach, honeysuckle and white flowers. Some black pepper, a touch of nutmeg and cinnamon. - Tasted at winery 8/17/10 Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • Da Vinci Cabernet Sauvignon 2002

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    Earthy and full of maduro tobacco notes at first with growing background notes of black currant, and vanilla, gently accented by hints of mint and rusty earth with a lovely edge of sweetness. Not typical California Cabernet but very attractive in its own right. Lovely entry with bright acids and firm but balanced tannins supporting pure, bright ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Lava Cap Winery Barbera Reserve Sierra Foothills Rouge 2006

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    Big, stewed stonefruit on the nose; the note of rich apricot rides through to the finish, where an intruiging touch of powdered sugar appears. Read More

    Wine review by Carly Wray


  • Hatcher Zinfandel Sierra Foothills 2007

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    Decent legs. Nose soft cedar and blackberries. Balanced mouth with blackberry forward going to plum and black pepper at the finish. Very pleasant finish. Read More

    Wine review by mrmazar


  • Californias Sierra foothills appellation spans across some of the least heralded great wine producing regions of the state. Unlike Napa and Sonoma, Cabernet Sauvignon did not serve as a historic touchstone here, though the history of wine production is almost as long. In contrast to the hype and glitter of newer regions propelled to fame by fadd... Read More

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