Sacramento and the Gold Country

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  • 1. Delfino Farms—Edio Vineyards

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    Apple growers since 1964, the Delfino family occupies one of El Dorado County's most idyllic sites. The clan gained early notice for Joan Delfino...Read More

  • 2. Holly's Hill Vineyards

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    The founders of this woodsy hilltop winery 7 miles south of Apple Hill tasted Châteauneuf-du-Pape on their honeymoon, sparking a lifetime passion...Read More

  • 3. Lava Cap Winery

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    Nineteenth-century miners knew if they found the type of volcanic rocks visible everywhere on this winery's property that gold was nearby. These...Read More

  • 4. Starfield Vineyards

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    Its many microclimates inspired owner-winemaker Tom Sinton to purchase a 67-acre hillside property he transformed into a magnificent showcase...Read More

  • 5. Terre Rouge and Easton Wines

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    The winery of Bill Easton and Jane O'Riordan achieves success with two separate labels. Terre Rouge, which focuses on Rhône-style wines, makes...Read More

  • 6. Vina Moda

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    The downtown tasting room of owner-winemaker Nathan Vader's boutique winery occupies a restored 1891 structure made of volcanic rock. Top Sierra...Read More

  • 7. Berryessa Gap Vineyards Tasting Room

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    Nicole Salengo, the longtime winemaker of this operation whose origins date to the late 1960s, displays a light but knowing touch with even...Read More

  • 8. Boeger Winery

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    In 1972, Greg Boeger revived a gold rush–era farm that once supported fruit and nut orchards, a winery, and a distillery. These days Boeger...Read More

  • 9. Element 79 Vineyards

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    This winery's owner envisioned his sleek hospitality space as "a country club" for experiencing wines by the glass or flight, with or without...Read More

  • 10. Helwig Winery

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    Splashier than many of its neighbors and a draw as much for its restaurant and seasonal live music as its wines, family-operated Helwig occupies...Read More

  • 11. Ironstone Vineyards

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    The spectacular, impeccably maintained gardens at 1,150-acre Ironstone—not to mention the 44-pound specimen of crystalline gold on display—make...Read More

  • 12. Lavender Ridge

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    A stone building dating to 1859 houses this boutique winery's tasting room, which also sells artisanal cheeses and lavender products. Lavender...Read More

  • 13. Lewis Grace Winery

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    A bright red 1890 barn greets visitors to this winery on land whose vineyards were replaced with apples during Prohibition. Wine critics praise...Read More

  • 14. Nevada City Winery

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    The area's oldest operating winery, established in 1980, pours its wines, many from Sierra Foothills grapes, in a tasting room whose back patio...Read More

  • 15. Newsome Harlow Wines

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    Single-vineyard Sierra Foothills Zinfandels are the passion of Newsome Harlow's owner-winemaker Scott Klann. The ebullient Klann also makes...Read More

  • 16. Rombauer Sierra Foothills

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    For years Rombauer, famous for its Napa Valley Chardonnays, farmed foothills Zinfandel vineyards, so it wasn't a total surprise when the winery...Read More

  • 17. Shenandoah Vineyards

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    A plummy Barbera and an almost chocolaty Zinfandel top this winery's repertoire, but for a contrast you can also try a startlingly crisp Sauvignon...Read More

  • 18. Sobon Estate

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    You can sip fruity, robust Zinfandels—old vine and new—and learn about wine making and Shenandoah Valley pioneer life at the museum here. This...Read More

  • 19. Szabo Vineyards

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    Taste for yourself what makes Sierra Foothills wines unique at the brick-walled sipping salon of owner-winemaker Sándor "Alex" Szabo. In addition...Read More

  • 20. Turkovich Family Wines Tasting Room

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    Third-generation farmer Chris Turkovich and his wife, Luciana, whose parents back in her native Argentina are both involved in the wine business...Read More

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