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March 2014 News

Grenache is the Pinot Noir
of the Sierra Foothills


Winemakers and sommeliers say it with respect, and even a little awe: Grenache is the Pinot Noir of the Sierra Foothills. Maybe more than anywhere, they say that about Grenache from El Dorado wine country.

What they mean is, Grenache is a grape that still has a bit of a low profile, but here in our Foothills, it makes a wine that can mesmerize critics and fans and wine drinkers. Already, Grenache is one of California's great wines, and it just might be the next hot thing. When people visit and taste our Grenache, they discover a wine with a silky texture and the innate, lush sexiness of many great Pinot Noirs. However, our Grenache is Pinot with heft – it's not overbearing with power, but there's a little gumption, a little guts, and there are graceful layers of dark fruit and flavors that come at you from every angle.

Grenache grows well in our foothills because of our soils and our sunshine. Grenache loves the sun. It comes from the Rhone region of Southern France, and here, it has become thoroughly Californian, more outgoing and friendly, but still with loads of intriguing character. Our vineyards are above the fog, so the vines get good, healthy doses of mountain sun, then our open canyons and steep hillsides let the heat drain out at the end of the day, which means the grapes can cool and recover and keep all those shades and personality.

Come visit and join the wine fans who love El Dorado Grenache. And we think you'll find it's a wine that's a little like all of us up here – a little wild, endlessly friendly, filled with surprises, and, of course, completely unforgettable.

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Tickets are still available for El Dorado Winery Association's Passport 2014 – Tales from the Cellar and for the Passport Winemaker's Dinners on Friday, April 4 and Friday, April 11.

This five-course farm to table dinner features a different menu each Friday, paired with at least 7 El Dorado Wines and takes place at the beautiful Manzanita Kitchen in Diamond Springs.

We just added vocalist Bob Rawleigh to entertain you with his renditions of classic American Standards. Also, if you need lodging, be sure to check out the newly added Fair Play Vacation Rental and all the rest of our lodging available here.

Don't miss "The Best Wine Tasting Event of the Year!"


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