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October 2013
The California Appellation Series 1983-2013: El Dorado
by Christopher Sawyer
There’s Zinfandel in them there hills! Following the discovery of gold in Coloma in 1848, El Dorado County became one of the top wine-growing regions in California. The secret to this success: the planting of Zinfandel, Mission and other grape varieties used to make still wines, dessert wines and brandy in the combination of high elevation, granitic soils and sloping hillsides. But after a decline in plantings and the advent of Prohibition, the history of winemaking in the region was forgo...
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