The El Dorado wine region borders the birthplace of the Gold Rush at Sutter’s Mill in the Marshall Gold Discovery Park located in Coloma. Nearby are El Dorado’s 70 wineries that please both wine geeks and newcomers in a range of architecturally diverse tasting rooms. The warm hospitality of the region also covers dining and accommodation options.
Located in the Sierra Foothills, El Dorado County is an hour from Sacramento and about 1.5 hours from Lake Tahoe—a paradise for skiers, gamblers and boaters. The American River winds through the area with opportunities for rafting and boating.
Greater El Dorado and Apple Hill wine country
The plethora of river and water sport activities lured an up-and-coming winemaker to the area. Mari Wells Coyle studied enology at UC Davis and worked at wineries around
the globe before settling as an award winning winemaker of syrah and Rhone blends at David Girard Vineyards on the western side of Greater El Dorado. The golden colors of the winery buildings sets the Mediterranean tone for the wide range of David Girard wines.
Now a consulting winemaker, Coyle started a new business which takes advantage of the agricultural bounty of the area. With theWinemaker’s Table, she hosts a new culinary program which creates food and wine pairings by identifying the complementary flavors of wines and herbs.
Apple Hill, the north central area of the El Dorado appellation (AVA), is well known tourist draw for its autumn apple farm trail, along which ranch farm stands and bake shops sell apples and other fruits in many preparations from cider to pies.
But when it comes to wine, Illuminaire Winery owner Aaron Hill said, “People still don’t know ...
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