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Episode 9 BONUS | There’s gold in the El Dorado Hills

“Gold Country” El Dorado AVA, California

There’s gold in the El Dorado Hills! Dave describes his wine tasting journey beyond Washington to California’s “Gold Country”, the El Dorado AVA sub-appellation where he explored the robust winemaking community in his old childhood stomping grounds. This AVA is high in the Sierra Nevada Foothills of Northern California, where many wineries are utilizing mountain-grown grapes in volcanic soil.

Check out these four notable wineries!

Nello Olivo Winery, Placerville, CA

California style Italian varietals since 2001—crafted by “The Grapefather.”


Boeger Winery, Placerville, CA

In 1972, Boeger was the first post-Prohibition winery in the El Dorado AVA and they describe themselves as making wine with”underdog” varietals.


Lava Cap WineryPlacerville, CA

Estate mountain grown grapes that are sourced from some of the highest vineyards in California from unique volcanic soils.


Madroña Vineyards, Camino, CA

High elevation, naturally farmed vineyards that produce Rhône and Bordeaux varietals.



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