Sipping in the Sierra Foothills

Rugged, high in elevation and extreme, the Sierra Foothills runs north to south roughly from Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park. A long, spread-out expanse near the city of Sacramento, the area encompasses several sub-regions known in their own right that include Amador County, the Shenandoah Valley, El Dorado, Placer and, further south, Calaveras, a spot made famous by Mark Twain and a jumping frog.

Grapes were first planted here in the early 1800s; many century-old vines still flourish in the Foothills today. While the region’s wines are gaining both in reputation and sophistication, a pioneering spirit remains among growers and winemakers. Not for the faint of heart or the easily lonely, it is a place where vintners have been given time and space to experiment, soulfully searching for magic like the Gold Rushers before them.

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Published on November 24, 2015
Topics: California Travel Guide, California Wine Regions
About the Author
Virginie Boone
Contributing Editor

Reviews wines from California.

Contributing Editor Virginie Boone has been with Wine Enthusiast since 2010, and reviews the wines of Napa and Sonoma. Boone began her writing career with Lonely Planet travel guides, which eventually led to California-focused wine coverage. She contributes to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat and Sonoma Magazine, and is a regular panelist and speaker on wine topics in California and beyond. Email: vboone@wineenthusiast.net




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