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2019 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Results

Acknowledgment of El Dorado AVA's Capacity to Grow and Produce a Wealth of Wine Varietals

El Dorado County, CA. (January 16, 2019)—A strong showing at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition illustrates that El Dorado County AVA is a standout for the diversity of varietals grown and produced in the region at high levels of quality.

Approximately 70 grape varieties are grown in the El Dorado AVA, and the region's wines garnered five best-of-class designations, 10 double gold medals, and 23 gold medals. El Dorado's Zinfandels, Grenache Blancs, Tempranillos, Syrahs, Barberas, Viogniers, Malbecs, Petite Sirahs, Mouvedres, Cabernet Francs, and Souzaos all won top-tier awards in all price categories. El Dorado classics, including Dry Rosés, Chardonnays, and Cabernet Sauvignons, also made very respectable showings.

Vineyards began to multiply in the region as early as 1849, as pioneers from all reaches of the globe began to settle here during the gold rush. Multifaceted terrain with elevations from 900 to more than 3,000 feet, several distinct climate zones, and hundreds of micro-climates provide unlimited capacity to work with varieties that fit site-specific conditions. Additionally, El Dorado growers and producers agree that without being tied to the bottom line of one financially successful grape variety, they're free to trial varieties from classic to obscure.

This year's top-tier-winning El Dorado AVA wineries include Boeger, Crystal Basin Cellars, Element 79, Everhart, Gwillan Estate, Lava Cap, Lewis Grace, Oakstone Winery, Obscurity Cellars, Perry Creek Winery, Sentivo Vineyards, Shadow Ranch Vineyard, Skinner Vineyards and Winery, Starfield Vineyards, and Via Romano Vineyards.

For more information on El Dorado AVA wineries, go to: www.eldoradowines.org.
For more information on El Dorado AVA grape growers go to:  www.eldoradograpes.com

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Greg Boeger Receives A Congressional Commendation for Wine

Founder of Boeger Winery in El Dorado Wine Region is acknowledged by Congressman John Garamendi.

El Dorado County, CA. (October 24, 2018)—Greg Boeger, founder and owner of Boeger Winery in Placerville, El Dorado County, CA. has been awarded a Congressional Commendation for Wine by Congressman John Garamendi. A Congressional Commendation "officially recognizes outstanding public achievements" by the people who live in the Congressman's district. "Greg Boeger has played a significant role in the history of California wine and I commend him for his dedication and contributions to the Golden State." -John Garamendi, Member of Congress, 3rd District, CA.

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California's El Dorado Wine Region Named to USA Today's Readers' Choice,10 Best Wine Region's List

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."

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A Cool Trend is Proving Excellent for Sierra Foothill's El Dorado Wine Region's 2018 Harvest

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.

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