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Monday, January 9, 2012

El Dorado County Wines

Photo: Maggie Bush/Madrona
Gold that began California’s famed Gold Rush was first found where El Dorado County exists today.

This high altitude region still produces gold of a liquid variety in over 40 wineries.

From Apple Hill to Camino and Fair Play and Pleasant Valley the vineyards benefit from the summer’s hot dry days that are cooled by the nighttime breezes sweeping off the Sierra Nevada. Grown in multiple microclimates the appellation is renowned for making wines, particularly of the Rhône varietals.

Three major annual events are January’s “Bring out the Barrel”, “Passport Weekends” in the spring and in June the “Fair Play Festival”.

If you cannot make those – no worries – events occur at almost every winery on a frequent basis.

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