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April 2014 News

Taste at a Higher Level


Our mantra here in El Dorado Wine Country is Taste at a Higher Level. That's because our high altitude mountain grown fruit has qualities, complexities and character that our winemakers accentuate to produce high quality, sought after wines from El Dorado.

Elevation does wonders for wine grapes and its impact changes dramatically as you climb. Our El Dorado Wine Country vineyards range from 1,200 to 3,500 feet in elevation, which is why you can find such a vast variety of single varietals, blends and styles among our wines.

One clear benefit of the high altitude is that our vineyards experience longer warmer growing days than wine growing regions in lower altitudes and then cool off quickly at night. Any hiker in the Sierra can tell you these mountains are known for their quick temperature swings, which are something of a concern for a hiker, but are a welcome growing condition for our El Dorado Wine Country fruit. These warm daytime temperatures help the fruit to fully ripen, however, this rapid change from warm to cool stresses the grapes which, according to the book Grow Better Grapes, "…creates the acidity needed to produce such intense colors, flavors and tannin."

El Dorado Wine Country vineyards also benefit from the well-drained soils of the hillsides on which they are planted. With soils ranging from fine grained decomposed granite, rich volcanic rock or fine grained shale the vines can enjoy a myriad of microclimates as they follow the contours of the land. Grapes that originally hail from Rhône Valley wine region in Southern France such as Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Viognier and Roussanne, thrive here as well as Italian varietals such as Barbera and Sangiovese. Of course Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon love these high-altitude growing conditions and produce wine grapes with classic mountain fruit character offering both balance and complexity.

There is something else you get from altitude – spectacular views. That's why on any trip to our wine country you'll find all the grandeur of the Sierra Foothills in El Dorado Wine Country combined with so many unique and delicious wines available for tasting at over 40 charming and hospitable wineries. Come taste our wines, and discover for yourself what it means to Taste at a Higher Level.


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El Dorado Wine Country In the News

California Travel Expert | April 10

Tucked at the base of the Sierra Nevada mountains, along the historic American River, El Dorado Wine Country dates back to mining days, when James Marshall first planted a vineyard on a hill behind his cabin. Today, the cities of Placerville, Mount Aukum, Fair Play and Camino are home to more than 30 vineyards and wineries. Though all types of wines are produced here, standouts include Barbera, Syrah and Cabernet Franc varietals. Read the full article

Digital Journal – Earth Friendly Practices Help Define El Dorado Wine Region | April 11

Tales from the Cellar, El Dorado's Passport Weekend Event, appropriately occurs during Earth Month! The region's commitment to sustainability and alternative viticultural methodologies makes it a must-taste location for wine and environmental enthusiasts alike. This year visitors will taste wines, savor food pairings and enjoy live music at over 30 wineries. Read the full article

Jet Set Extra, Diving into the Wine Rush of El Dorado Wine Country by Leslie Miranda | April 11

El Dorado County is an American Viticulture Area (AVA), and its wineries are immersed in a passion for creating impeccable, adventurous, and sustainable wines. They're on a continual prolific path toward their dedication to educating the wine admirer. Read the full article

Just Say Go. El Dorado: Golden Wine country in the Sierra Foothills. Added by Deborah Grossman | April 15

El Dorado wine country is a gem. Set in Calif.'s historic Gold Rush country, the area is poised to become the next jackpot for those seeking fun wine tasting experiences and affordable, well-crafted wines. Read the full article

El Dorado County: an historic region for wine tasting | A Piece of Earth | April 16

On a gorgeous first day of spring 2014, I drove with a friend up to El Dorado County, California, for a visit to Boeger Winery, situated on a ridge rising above the historic village of Placerville. Read the full article

Funk House Art Garden, Passing Shot: El Dorado County Wine in the Making | April 20

El Dorado County has more than 2,000 acres of grape vines growing at the highest elevations across California. I managed to capture a few rows of one vineyard's crop growing in yesterday's late afternoon sunlight. With more than seventy wineries in operation throughout the county, there is no shortage of visual inspiration for my art. Read the full article

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