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Cedarville Vineyard: A Level Above

Cedarville Vineyard: A Level Above


Posted on May 23, 2018

El Dorado County

Jonathan Lachs

We recently had the opportunity to meet and taste with Jonathan Lachs, winemaker and co-owner of Cedarville Vineyard and Winery in Fairplay on our recent visit to El Dorado County. For Jonathan and his wife Susan Marks, creating Cedarville has been the fulfillment of a lifelong dream the two have shared. We met with Jonathan to hear firsthand how they were able to achieve that dream.

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El Dorado County Wine

Jon Chewning & Leanne Davis

The first thing you notice about Leanne Davis and Jon Chewning is their warmth. From the moment you meet them, they instantly make you feel welcome and give you the sense that you’ve known them for years. They bring that same generosity of spirit to both their wines and their tasting room at Via Romano Vineyards in the heart of El Dorado County’s Apple Hill. One of the newest wineries in the region, they are quickly making a name for themselves by being rooted in Italian tradition while simultaneously pushing the boundaries of their winemaking heritage.

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Of all the interviews we’ve done with winemakers and/or winery proprietors, the story of Skinner Vineyards and Winery in El Dorado County has to be one of the most unique we’ve come across. While wineries that have been in a family for generations are common, the Skinner story is a tale reminiscent of its Gold Rush heritage—one of curiosity, discovery, risk, and ultimately reward.

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El Dorado County: A Primer

El Dorado County: A Primer


Posted on May 2, 2018

El Dorado County

The beautiful vineyards at Boeger winery.

El Dorado County is one of America’s hidden gems that is increasingly being talked about in wine circles. Located in California’s Sierra Foothills on the road between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe it is a high elevation region that, despite its lengthy history, is only just being discovered.

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Bodegas Alion

Bodegas Alion


Posted on Apr 18, 2018

Wine CorksSteadily, since its first vintage in 1991, Alion has been increasingly noticed by wine drinkers around the world, recognized for its unsurpassed pedigree and for its consistent quality. This quality has not been lost in the wine reviews of top publications: The Wine Advocate, Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast have all awarded scores to these wines that are well into the 90s.

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One Day in 1911

One Day in 1911


Posted on Apr 12, 2018

Though other revolutions in France are better known, the Revolution en Champagne is certainly an important event, for all of Champagne and in particular for its growers.

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Rueda Spain

The view from the tasting room.

In northwest Spain lies the region of Rueda, the Denominación de Origen (D. O.) that covers wines in the Castilla-y-León region. Here the dominant variety is Verdejo, a grape that is indigenous to the area which produces a dry and aromatic white wine that is rapidly growing in popularity worldwide. We had the opportunity to taste at Bodegas José Pariente, one of the top white wine producers in Rueda. A true family winery, it is run by Victoria Pariente and her daughter Martina Prieto Pariente. Named after Victoria’s father, the winery pays homage, both in name and quality, to his passion for well-made white wine.

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Rosé: The Wine of Summer

Rosé: The Wine of Summer


Posted on Mar 28, 2018

2013 Clos du Soleil Rose

Nothing says summer like a bottle of Rosé…

Summer is almost here and that means it is time to break out the Rosé! Rosé is that lovely pink-coloured wine that is served cold and seems to be the perfect aperitif to enjoy on a sunny deck. Ever wonder what sort of grapes are used to make Rosé? Or how it gets its colour? This article will shine some light on what goes in the world of Rosé.

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