Create an Unforgettable Christmas Wine Gift from El Dorado County
If you're looking for a gift that spreads holiday cheer, El Dorado County has an excellent selection of wines. Christmas offers new opportunities to share and enjoy favorite wine finds. Whether you are scoping out specific wine varietals for Christmas Dinner or looking to share new wines with friends and family over holiday get togethers or are just hunting for the perfect wine themed gift for that special wine lover on your gift list, El Dorado County has a great selection and affordable prices.
"At the holidays, wine is a gift that is always appreciated," says local winemaker Dave Pratt of DK Cellars. "Invites to holiday parties or dinner parties it is extremely appropriate to bring along a bottle of wine to share or replace a slot in the wine rack for the host."
Take the hard work out of choosing Christmas presents by giving a personalized Christmas wine gift. Winemakers and owners tend to be around the tasting rooms more now that the harvest season is over which means greater opportunities for personalized messages on bottles signed by the winemaker.
What's a good Christmas gift for someone who loves wine? Wine is a common gift during the Christmas holiday season, however, nobody wants to give a random bottle, particularly if the recipient is a wine connoisseur. Just ask the winemaker for a recommendation. Nobody knows more about a winery's selection than the owner/vintner and nobody is more concerned that the gift of wine is well received - as their very livelihoods depends on it.
Winemaker Dave Pratt writes, "Library wines are a gift option for those wine people that seem to have everything." Most wineries keep a "library" of older wines and past releases. They can be used for several purposes including blending for consistency or for winemakers to judge how a wine has aged through time. Not only are "Library" wines sure to make a special gift, they are not on the general market and the wine connoisseur will appreciate that you went the extra mile for their enjoyment.
El Dorado County wineries are renowned for making vibrantly flavorful, distinctly delicious wines, grown in the dramatic elevations of the Sierra Nevada. Today, the county has more than 2,000 acres of vines, is home to approximately 50 wineries, and produces some of California's most sophisticated wines. In El Dorado County, the vintner's strength is the land's terrain: hundreds of microclimates ranging from 1,200 to 3,500 ft in elevation provide a broad range of temperatures, exposures, and soils. When well matched, this topography provides an ideal location for the world's finest wine grapes, hailing from Bordeaux, the Rhône, Germany, Italy, and Spain.
Dave and Kim at dkcellars add that the winery has a shipping promotion this month for mix and match cases with shipping at just $10 per case, but this is the last week to ship wine to the east coast.
El Dorado County Wines: http://eldoradowines.org/wineries.php
El Dorado was designated an American Viticultural Area (AVA) in 1983.
Fairplay AVA Wineries: http://www.fairplaywine.com/wineries.html
Situated on rolling hills between 2,000-3,000 feet, the Fair Play AVA has the highest average elevation of any appellation in California. It provides winemakers with the epitome of mountain-grown fruit. Fair Play is entirely contained within the El Dorado and Sierra Foothills AVAs.