Welcome to our latest installment of #WinephabetStreet brought to you by Dracaena Wines and Trio North Wildwood. In this series, Debbie Gioquindo and I work our way through the wine world one letter each month. We discuss the characteristics and history of the grape, as well as suggested wine pairings. So uncork, unscrew or saber that bottle and connect with us as we chat, laugh and drink wine all in a laid back atmosphere.

E is for El Dorado

California’s Gold Rush began in El Dorado County 1848 with James Marshall’s discovery of gold at Sutter’s Mill, on the South Fork of the American River in Coloma. As legions of people flocked to California to claim their fortunes, the region’s winemaking industry was born.

By 1870, El Dorado County was among the largest wine producers in the state, trailing only Los Angeles and Sonoma counties. The local wine industry flourished until just after the turn of the century when there were approximately 2,000 acres of vines in the county. Shortly thereafter, El Dorado began a gradual decline, brought about by poor economic conditions and a diminishing local population. Prohibition was but the last straw. (from El Dorado Wines website)

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TooGood Zinfandel – The Toogood Estate Winery was established on a beautiful 40 acre parcel of rolling foothills purchased in May of 2001. It is one quarter mile square and offers microclimates perfect for the different varieties that were hand selected. The project of excavating the wine cave started on September 11, 2001. Nine months later, the excavation and floor were completed. In all, 5000 square feet of winery production and aging space has been created, all underground in a delicately controlled atmosphere. (from TooGood Winery website)

Skinner Vineyards Native Red – We wanted to make something unique to Skinner, and we wanted it to be a wine we could share with the world. An approachable blend that incorporated all of our “strange” legacy fruit married with varieties that are more common, but nevertheless El Dorado through and through – radiant and wild.  We wanted to make a wine that, perhaps, cannot be made anywhere else.  And so was born our Native red, a tribute to our original brand name, J. Skinner Native Wines dating back to 1861. (from Skinner Vineyards website)

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