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El Dorado County, CA. (September 18, 2018)—Wine lovers all over the U.S. have recognized El Dorado County wine region's place among the nation's most revered wine regions. In USA Today's 10Best Readers' Choice award for best wine region, the national newspaper puts El Dorado Wine Region at no. 8 — above Oregon's Willamette Valley and North Carolina's Yadkin Valley.
The 10Best editors partnered with a panel of wine experts to pick the initial 20 wine region nominees. Then the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote from readers all over the U.S. According to the paper, "Experts Jill Barth, a Provence Wine Master; Shana Clarke, Wine Editor for inside.com and contributor to Eat Sip Trip; Karen MacNeil, one of the foremost wine experts in the U.S.; and June Rodil, a Master Sommelier, were chosen for their knowledge of wine and the American wine scene."
El Dorado County, CA. (September 17, 2018)—El Dorado Winemakers and growers weigh in on the first wave of the 2018 El Dorado county harvest. Their assessments are from vineyard elevations ranging from 1200 to nearly 3,000 ft. that are planted to nearly 70 grape varieties all toll. The region's harvest story this year is a cooling trend starting in late August and extending through the time of this report. Across the board, winemakers and growers are reporting that the cooler temps have had positive impact on elements ranging from sugar levels, the pace at which varietals are coming in, and impact on labor.
Following are comments from vintners and growers from late August to Monday, September 17th, 2018.