Review: Greg Boeger saw liquid gold in the hills of Northern California
In 1972, Greg Boeger and his wife purchased the old Lombardo/Fasotti Winery, and together, they shared a dream and a vision.
But the area that the Boegers chose for their wine making is not in the fertile Napa Valley, known as one of the greatest wine producing regions in the world.
The Boeger winery sits on the side of a hill amid 80 acres of vineyards planted on rolling hills, many of them steep, in Gold Rush country.
Boeger, a UC Davis graduate who studied viticulture, has celebrated more than 40 years of wine making in Placerville in the foothills of Northern California just 15 miles from Coloma where gold was discovered.
Greg Boeger is the grandson of Anton Nichelini, a Swiss immigrant who settled in the Napa region and established the one of the finest wineries in the Chiles Valley.
I visited the Boeger Winery, the largest winery in El Dorado County with production reaching 20,000 cases per year.
As soon as you reach the walk onto the property, you realize that the Boegers have a great sense of humor. Outside the tasting room, a sign reads, "UNATTENDED CHILDREN will be given candy and a free puppy."
Jocelyn, my server, told me that the winery was perhaps the best kept secret in the state, but word was getting out. And it was evident the word was out, because the tasting bar was packed elbow to elbow..
When I managed to squeeze in, I began with...