P.S. I Love You

Petite Sirah (aka. Durif, Petite Syrah) I Love You! Developed in the 1870s in France’s Rhône region where it is known as Durif or Petite Syrah, this grape variety is more commonly known by its slightly anglicized synonym, Petite Sirah—particularly in California. The “petite” refers to the size of its berries and leaves that look like its namesake. Dr. Francois […]

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The Other Shenandoah Valley

The beautiful Shenandoah Valley stretches 200 miles across the Blue Ridge and Allegheny mountains of Virginia. A lesser known Shenandoah Valley in the Sierra Nevada foothills also offers country roads with breathtaking views and charming postcard-perfect farms. This undiscovered California gem features rolling, golden hills studded with majestic oaks and rolling vineyards producing exceptional full-bodied […]

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Coopers Vineyards, Dollar Bill & Barbera

Dick Cooper, whose family originally arrived in the Sierra Foothills in 1919, is generally considered Amador County’s “Godfather of Barbera.” The whole Barbera thing came almost as an accident—the name of a grape jotted down on a dollar bill. Zinfandel might be Amador’s heritage grape, but it is a grape that does well in other parts of California. Barbera, on the […]

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Grace Patriot: From Patriot To Award-Winning Wine

Cashing in on some gold rush history, we recently traveled California Highway 49 sampling the distinct flavors of the region. This is where a local wine industry is emerging as the new Mother Lode. El Dorado County’s Grace Patriot Wines, a family-run business, provides not only award-winning wine, but history to the area. Their scenic property lies […]

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