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El Dorado Wine Sierra Foothills, California

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As home to California’s highest altitude vineyards, El Dorado is also one of its oldest wine growing regions. When gold miners settled here in the late 1800s, many also planted vineyards and made wine to quench its local demand.

By 1870, El Dorado County, as part of the greater Sierra Foothills growing area, was among the largest wine producers in the state, behind only Los Angeles and Sonoma counties. The local wine industry enjoyed great success until just after the turn of the century when fortune-seekers moved elsewhere and its population diminished. With Prohibition, winemaking and grape growing was totally abandoned. But some of these vines still exist today and are the treasure chest of the Sierra Foothills as we know them.

El Dorado has a diverse terrain with elevations ranging from 1,200 to 3,500 feet, creating countless mesoclimates for its vineyards. This diversity allows success with a wide range of grapes including whites like Gewurztraminer and Sauvignon Blanc, as well as for reds, Grenache, Syrah, Tempranillo, Barbera and especially, Zinfandel.

Soils tend to be fine-grained volcanic rock, shale and decomposed granite. Summer days are hot but nights are cool and the area typically gets ample precipitation in the form or rain or snow in the winter.

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  • Rombauer El Dorado Twin Rivers Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
    Rombauer El Dorado Twin Rivers Zinfandel 2018
    Zinfandel from El Dorado, Sierra Foothills, California
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  • Jolie-Laide Barsotti Vineyard Gamay Noir  2019  Front Label
    Jolie-Laide Barsotti Vineyard Gamay Noir 2019
    Gamay from El Dorado, Sierra Foothills, California
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  • Skinner Grenache 2017  Front Label
    Skinner Grenache 2017
    Grenache from El Dorado, Sierra Foothills, California
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  • Lava Cap Petite Sirah 2017  Front Label
    Lava Cap Petite Sirah 2017
    Petite Sirah from El Dorado, Sierra Foothills, California
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  • Lava Cap Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Lava Cap Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from El Dorado, Sierra Foothills, California
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    • Lava Cap Reserve Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
      Lava Cap Reserve Chardonnay 2018
      Chardonnay from El Dorado, Sierra Foothills, California
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    • Arnot-Roberts Gamay 2019  Front Label
      Arnot-Roberts Gamay 2019
      Gamay from El Dorado, Sierra Foothills, California
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      • The Withers Mr. Burgess 2014 Front Label
        The Withers Mr. Burgess 2014
        Rhone Red Blends from El Dorado, Sierra Foothills, California
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      • Skinner El Dorado Syrah 2015  Front Label
        Skinner El Dorado Syrah 2015
        Syrah/Shiraz from El Dorado, Sierra Foothills, California
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      • Lava Cap Reserve Zinfandel 2018  Front Label
        Lava Cap Reserve Zinfandel 2018
        Zinfandel from El Dorado, Sierra Foothills, California
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        • Seam Barnum Vineyard Barbera 2013 Front Label
          Seam Barnum Vineyard Barbera 2013
          Barbera from El Dorado, Sierra Foothills, California
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        • Edmunds St. John Bone-Jolly Gamay Noir 2018  Front Label
          Edmunds St. John Bone-Jolly Gamay Noir 2018
          Gamay from El Dorado, Sierra Foothills, California
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          • Skinner Smithereens White 2016 Front Label
            Skinner Smithereens White 2016
            Rhone White Blends from El Dorado, Sierra Foothills, California
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            • Lava Cap Barbera 2018  Front Label
              Lava Cap Barbera 2018
              Barbera from El Dorado, Sierra Foothills, California
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            • Miller Wine Works Naked Vine Vineyard Grenache 2014 Front Label
              Miller Wine Works Naked Vine Vineyard Grenache 2014
              Grenache from El Dorado, Sierra Foothills, California
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            • The Withers Rose 2019  Front Label
              The Withers Rose 2019
              Rosé from El Dorado, Sierra Foothills, California
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            • Skinner Smithereens Red 2015 Front Label
              Skinner Smithereens Red 2015
              Rhone Red Blends from El Dorado, Sierra Foothills, California
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              • Harrington Sumu Kaw Mourvedre 2017  Front Label
                Harrington Sumu Kaw Mourvedre 2017
                Mourvedre from El Dorado, Sierra Foothills, California
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                • Krater Cellars Barsotti Vineyard Gamay Noir 2018  Front Label
                  Krater Cellars Barsotti Vineyard Gamay Noir 2018
                  Gamay from El Dorado, Sierra Foothills, California
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                • Edmunds St. John Heart of Gold 2019  Front Label
                  Edmunds St. John Heart of Gold 2019
                  Other White Blends from El Dorado, Sierra Foothills, California
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                  • The Withers Counoise 2019  Front Label
                    The Withers Counoise 2019
                    Other Red Wine from El Dorado, Sierra Foothills, California
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                    • Tessier Gold Bud Vineyard Mourvedre 2017  Front Label
                      Tessier Gold Bud Vineyard Mourvedre 2017
                      Mourvedre from El Dorado, Sierra Foothills, California
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                      • Vinum Cellars The Scrapper Cabernet Franc 2016  Front Label
                        Vinum Cellars The Scrapper Cabernet Franc 2016
                        Cabernet Franc from El Dorado, Sierra Foothills, California
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                        • Lava Cap Sauvignon Blanc 2018  Front Label
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                          Sauvignon Blanc from El Dorado, Sierra Foothills, California
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                          • Lava Cap Sangiovese 2018  Front Label
                            Lava Cap Sangiovese 2018
                            Sangiovese from El Dorado, Sierra Foothills, California
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