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El Dorado

Come East for a Cool Wine Country Experience!

Looking for a cool wine country experience this summer - close to home and away from the crowds?

Come East to the Sierra Foothills! East, that is, to El Dorado's tasting rooms, where you'll escape the beaten path to discover extraordinary wines and an out of-the-ordinary wine trail less than an hour from Sacramento and Lake Tahoe and under two hours from the Bay Area.

This summer is a good time to enjoy the fun, food-friendly nature of a wide range of vibrantly flavored El Dorado wines. Some notable choices include a dry Gewurtztraminer or unoaked Chardonnay, a variety of full-bodied Zinfandels and Syrahs that reflect our vineyards' range of microclimates, a hearty Petite Syrah or a lush Grenache. And don't forget some of the more obscure varietals our winemakers are producing. All are a great fit with robust foods from the grill.

Many of the wineries host special events throughout the summer, including outdoor concerts, BBQs, pizza nights, summer release parties, golf tournaments - even an evening hunt for ZinMan through the vineyards of Fair Play! So be sure your vacation plans include a trip to El Dorado, where you'll be able to sample the region's hospitality and award-winning wines. Check out the calendar of events at www.ElDoradoWines.org.

Mark your calendar for Sept. 13-14, when the El Dorado Wine Country comes alive with a Harvest Celebration, featuring fun gatherings of wine lovers, vineyard viewers and grape stompers at several of our wineries throughout the county. Watch for details!

With their beautiful surroundings and approachable staff, El Dorado's tasting rooms offer a friendly place to try something new - "elevating your wine experience," as our family winemakers like to say.

For a map and more information about our wineries, go to www.ElDoradoWines.org.or call (800) 306-3956. JULY 2008