David Girard Vineyards

(530) 295-1833 741 Cold Springs Rd
Placerville, CA 95667
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David Girard remembers looking out at the picturesque landscape rising from the South Fork American River Valley twenty years ago, and seeing beyond its beauty into its great potential. Here in the heart of California’s famed historic Gold Country in the El Dorado Appellation located at 1300 feet elevation, David envisioned a vineyard producing premiere,  estate-grown grapes.

From good earth may come gold, but also great wine. David Girard Vineyards (DGV) was founded by good earth, great vision, and, like the most intrepid of the earliest gold seekers, a high tolerance for risk. Beginning in 1998, David’s first endeavor was growing Merlot grapes, and selling them to Robert Mondavi. While this partnership was successful, his love for French wines drew him down a new path.

David joined Vineyard Manager Ron Mansfield in researching and journeying to southern France’s Rhône River Valley. This was the valuable inspiration and information needed to lead David to Read more »

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  • Grenache

    You’re a member of the ‘Rhône Ranger’ band. Your groupies think you’re ‘hot’, even when you're boozy and "strung out"...

  • Mourvèdre

    History of the grape: Monastrell is a native of Spain, first grown in Murviedro near Valencia, and was eventually bro...

  • Palomino

    History of the grape: Palomino is split into three types: Palomino Fino, Palomino de Jerez and Palomino Basto. All of...

  • 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...

  • Viognier

    This special and exciting variety has taken California by storm and young plantings already demonstrate that this out...

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  • 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

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  • Petite Sirah has the stuffing to hold up to extended oak aging. It can also be made in a lighter, fruit-forward, early drinking style. As a result, a survey of current release Petite Sirah from several producers might easily span four or more vintages. The wines selected for you below, all current releases from Northern California, run from 2009... Read More

    From the article In Praise of Petite Sirah

  • David Girard El Dorado Estate Mourvèdre 2009


    I think this one is super. Pale Ruby somewhat translucent color, with first notes of green chile and thyme. A bit of new leather and tomato leaf scent and then in a bit of time, a grape cherry raspberry jam. Great round and supple mouth feel. Seemed to have settled into its own. Purchased this through Lot 18 Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Outside of the pricey boutique wineries, who do you think consistently produces good wine year-after-year and represents good value? I'm thinking of the "larger" more established wine makers, who try and bring their A-game across the spectrum of their varietals.To me the sign of a good wine maker and overall brand is someone who you can trust ev... Read More

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  • My Cali Wine Education is starting to take shape and I read with great interest the Cali Natives musings on what is good bad and indifferent about Cali Wines.I want to create an bit of a database of Cali Wines - but not all and sundry so I am asking for your top 3 as set out below, in choosing your top 3, I would value your assessment based on t... Read More

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  • Just got into my first bottle of Petite Sirah. Bogle 07. I am very much enjoying this varietal. This looks very appealing in the glass and has nice blueberry fruit, but not jammy, earthy notes working around in the background. Nice complexity.Any suggestions on another representative? Read More

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