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 »

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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...

  • Petite Sirah

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

  • 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...

  • Barbera

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

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  • Lucero Vineyards & Winery

    Lucero Vineyards & Winery is owned by Dan and Marian Lucero on family owned property dating back ...

  • Vino Noceto

    Vino Noceto is a small, family run vineyard located in the heart of Amador County. In a region k...

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  • Jim Olsen White Barbera Sierra Foothills 2016

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    A Naked Wines selection. Crystal clear silver pink in the glass. Opens with mango, kiwi, and bubblegum,; then lemon/lime and lilac; then a bit of tomato leaf and slate. Medium full in the mouth; slightly sweet kiwi and lime. Medium acidity. Gets a bit sweeter as the wine sits in the glass. Had this without food, but think this would work very we... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Pruett Csp Estate Syrah 2013

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    More blue-than-red purple coloractually, very pretty. Big fruity nose, but, also, notable earthiness. Quite upfront with red berry fruit on entry. Earthiness detected on the nose appears mid-palate. Not terribly tannic. I find that a bit surprising based on my experience with the 2012 version. A good wine, but, maybe, not a cellar trophy. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Pruett Csp Estate Syrah 2012

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    Big nose of black fruit, green wood, tobaccopretty much all over the place. A very big wine under the palate. Some black fruitblackberry, plumbut the most obvious thing is gigantic drying tannin. Alcohol hits at mid-palate. This one is, pretty much, a brute. Definitely, not a sipping wine. Drink with your most robust meals. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Andis Wines Petite Sirah Sierra Foothills 2010

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  • Andis Wines Petite Sirah Sierra Foothills 2010

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  • Andis Goedeck-Liu Vineyard Meritage 2011

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    Wine review by Tganucheau


  • Andis Wines Petite Sirah Sierra Foothills 2010

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    Wine review by JP6177


  • Andis Wines Petite Sirah Sierra Foothills 2010

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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


  • Andis Wines Petite Sirah Sierra Foothills 2010

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    Wine review by mark


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