Michael and Carey Skinner, Skinner Vineyards

Skinner Vineyards and Winery: A family’s legacy becomes a passion for wine

As one explores the world of wines, interesting connections are made between winemakers and owners. These experiences show how small our universe can be. On a tour to El Dorado County I discovered that someone I had known through real estate is now an integral part of the El Dorado wine scene. Carey Skinner with

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Illuminare Wines

Illuminare Wines: Shedding the light on red wine

Ever since discovering the wines of El Dorado County, I have been drawn to the region. One winery that came up on my radar after a media tour in 2013 is Illuminare Winery. What struck me about Illuminare’s wines were their rich balance, elegance and consistency. There is an opulent quality to every varietal and

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Narrow Gate Tasting Room

Narrow Gate Vineyards: Defining wines through a biodynamic footprint

In this day and age many wineries choose to utilize green practices in both the winery and vineyard. Biodynamic is an old principle but is a newer philosophy of farming for many wineries. As Down To Earth Month slowly comes to a close there is another Wine Institute member that is Demeter Certified Biodynamic that

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Narrow Gate Dunamis GSM

Narrow Gate Vineyards Testimonial

Wow Cori – thank you!  That is probably not only the best article ever written about us but the most “well-written”.  You were able to relay so much understanding of the biodynamic process as well as a personal look inside us and Narrow Gate.  It means so much to us, especially as we approach our

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El Dorado Wine Country: Discovering the liquid gold of the Sierra Foothills

El Dorado Wine Country is situated in the Sierra Foothills.  For many this may seem like a newer region but in actuality the area has been around for a very long time, perhaps before California officially became a state.  Its history is very colorful, like that of the changing of seasons that so impressively displays

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Mount Aukum Zinfandel

Mount Aukum Winery: Taking Zinfandel to a higher level

The El Dorado Wine Country is different from most areas.  Its elevation in the Sierra Foothills creates unique microclimates and granite soils, which make this AVA different from other wine growing regions.  The area is known for Zinfandel but is slowly gaining recognition for its Rhone and Italian varietals.  Read More…

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