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El Dorado County: A place to return time and again

Sep 04, 2015 05:30AM, Published by Kevin, Categories: Food+Drink, Today in this issue, Destinations


Miraflores Rose Wine


Gallery: El Dorado County - Summer 2015 [5 Images] Click any image to expand.



The sunlight filtered through the trees and onto the curvy road in abstract patterns as we drove through El Dorado County. Despite the drought, fields of green grass and meadows of brilliantly colored flowers filled the space between the apple orchards and vineyards that lined the highway. 

On the outskirts of Placerville, we arrived at Smith Place House, a restaurant housed in a historic building that doubled as a health center. Utilitarian, but rustically elegant.

We avoided the main entrance into the restaurant and were escorted down the basement stairs and into a mine where a dark wood table was lined with bar stools and candlelight. Almost two days had passed since our ragtag group of writers and radio personalities had come together to tour wineries scattered throughout El Dorado County. We’d seen the original, historic cellar of Boeger Winery, which sits on a homestead that dates back to 1850s, walked he grassy flowered hills of Wofford Acres Vineyard, and enjoyed wine with a lunch, catered by Allez!, sitting on the weathered picnic tables that overlook Holly’s Hill Vineyards. We’d eaten hand-fired pizza on the deck of Gold Mountain Winery and Lodge at the very moment the sun sank behind the perfectly manicured vineyard it overlooks. 

Tasting room at
Wofford Acres Vineyards
There’s a spirit of familiarity in El Dorado, a genuineness and authenticity that goes largely unmatched.

Still, this dinner was the exclamation point to a realization that the wine, food and people of El Dorado are all reasons to return time and again. As we passed the wines — carefully paired with prosciutto-wrapped asparagus and sophisticated melon dishes — around the table, it was impossible to ignore the spirit of collaboration among the wineries. Each winery harbors a simple and authentic approach to making wine, but on this night, whether it was the Rose from Miraflores, the Barbera from Mastroserio or the Toscanello from Nello Olivo Wines, individual winemakers poured a second glass of their competitors’ wines, sipped them slowly and complimented them genuinely. 

There’s a spirit of familiarity in El Dorado, a genuineness and authenticity that goes largely unmatched. In October, a quiet flush of families mostly from the Sacramento area will come to this quiet place affectionately referred to as “Apple Hill” to enjoy the trails of apple barns that dot the county to tour apple farms and eat homemade apple pies from roadside stands. Some will get the opportunity to stop at a few of the many wineries in the area, sample the hard apple cider (a local specialty) and tour the small shops that line downtown Placerville, once known as “Hangtown” because of the numerous hangings that occurred in the county square during the Gold Rush era. 

It’s a county well worth the visit.

For more information about El Dorado County Wineries, visit eldoradowines.org. To learn more about El Dorado County Farm Tours, visit eldorado.com/farm-trails.php. 

Written by Amy Guerra, a criminal defense attorney practicing in Fresno. She has written for several publications throughout California and enjoys writing about the law, food, travel and all things Fresno.  

Vineyards & Wineries

BOEGER WINERY

1709 Carson Rd, Placerville 95667

(530) 622-8094

http://www.boegerwinery.com/

BUMGARNER WINERY

3550 Carson Rd, Camino 95709

(530) 303-3418

http://www.bumgarnerwinery.com/

CEDARVILLE VINEYARD

6320 Marestail Rd, Somerset 95684

(530) 620-9463

http://www.cedarvillevineyard.com/

CHARLES B. MITCHELL VINEYARDS

8221 Stoney Creek Rd, Somerset 95684

(530) 620-3467

http://charlesbmitchell.com/

CHATEAU DAVELL

3550 Carson Rd, Camino 95709

(530) 644-2016

http://www.chateaudavell.com/

DAVID GIRARD VINEYARDS

741 Cold Springs Rd, Placerville 95667

(530) 295-1833

http://www.davidgirardvineyards.com/

FINDLETON ESTATE AND VINEYARD

3500 Carson Rd, Camino 95709

(530) 644-4018

http://www.finzinwines.com/

GOLD MOUNTAIN WINERY AND LODGE

7750 Fairplay Rd, Fairplay 95684

(530) 620-6888

http://www.goldmountainwineryandlodge.com/

GWINLLAN ESTATE VINEYARD AND WINERY

Fairplay Rd, Somerset 95684

(530) 723-2879

http://www.gwinllanestate.com/

HOLLY’S HILL VINEYARD

3680 Leisure Ln, Placerville 95667

(530) 344-0227

http://www.hollyshill.com/

LAVA CAP WINERY

2221 Fruitridge Rd, Placerville 95667

(530) 621-0175

http://www.lavacap.com/

MANDROÑA VINEYARDS

2560 High Hill Rd, Camino 95709

(530) 644-5948

http://madronavineyards.com/

MASTROSERIO WINERY

7351 Fairplay Rd, Somerset 95684

(530) 417-4321

http://www.mastroseriowinery.com/

MIRAFLORES WINERY

2120 Four Springs Trail, Placerville 95667

(530) 647-8505

https://www.mirafloreswinery.com/

MOUNT AUKUM WINERY

6781 Tower Rd, Mt Aukum 95656

(530) 620-1675

http://www.mountaukum.com/

NELLO OLIVO WINES

643 Bee St, Placerville 95667

(530) 409-5603

http://www.nelloolivo.com/

SIERRA VISTA VINEYARDS AND WINERY

4560 Cabernet Way, Placerville 95667

(530) 622-7221

http://www.sierravistawinery.com/

SKINNER VINEYARDS AND WINERY

8054 Fairplay Rd, Somerset 95684

(530) 620-2220

http://skinnervineyards.com/

WOFFORD ACRES VINEYARDS

1900 Hidden Valley Ln, Camino 95709

(530) 626-6858

http://www.wavwines.com/

Restaurants

ALLEZ!

4242 Fowler Ln, Diamond Springs 95619

(530) 621-1160

http://www.allezeldorado.com/

CASCADA

2222 Francisco Dr, El Dorado Hills 95762

(916) 934-0800

http://eatcascada.com/

OUR FARM TABLE

311 Main Street, Placerville 95667

(530) 295-8140

http://ourfarmtable.com/

SMITH FLATHOUSE

2021 Smith Flat Rd, Placerville 95667

(530) 621-1003

http://smithflathouse.com/



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