Today we’ll travel two and a half hours east of Sonoma/Napa to the El Dorado County wine region in the Sierra Foothills. This lengthy podcast recorded in February will feature three vintners who are distinctly different. They are Chaim and Elisheva of C.G. Di Arie Vineyard and Winery, Kevin Jones of Lava Cap Winery, and Adam Smith of Skinner Vineyards and Winery. They are a good representation of the region’s wineries who are producing world class wines, and run by the nicest people you’ll ever want to hang with. To learn more about the region click here. Now, let’s head to the foothills!


A Trip to El Dorado County

On the deck, in the rain, with Kevin Jones of Lava Cap

A Trip to El Dorado County

Chaim and Elisheva of C. G. Di Arie Vineyard and Winery. Chaim is serving during their club party. Elisheva is in behind one of their wines that benefit great causes.

A Trip to El Dorado County

Winemaker Adam Smith of Skinner Vineyards stompin’ the grapes.

A Trip to El Dorado County

Making my way through the back roads of a vineyard on Friday. Dry and green.

A Trip to El Dorado County

Waking up Saturday to 7 inches of snow. Thankfully, it was expected…and beautiful.







A Trip to El Dorado County

The wine club party at Lava Cap Winery in one side of their large barrel rooms.

A Trip to El Dorado County

A sample of Elisheva’s mixed media artwork. Her art hangs throughout C.G. Di Arie winery.

Trip to El Dorado County

I saw this photo of the snowfall that occurred at Lava Cap Winery a week before my trip. I’m glad it inspired me to rent an SUV and leave my coup at home.

Join me on this tour of El Dorado County, California, South Lake Tahoe and Carson Valley Nevada. The trip included visits to Miraflores Winery, Gold Bug Park & Mine, and Nello Olivo Wine in Placerville, Camp Richardson Historic Resort & Marina and the 15th Annual Food and Wine Festival at Harrah’s in South Lake Tahoe. We also visited Nevada’s oldest Thirst Parlor, the Genoa Bar & Saloon, Tahoe Ridge Winery, Bistro and Marketplace, and other sites in Carson Valley. We did it all in four days but you can hear about it in 40 minutes. It may inspire a future road trip for you!


Miraflores winery Winemaker Marco Cappelli of Miraflores Winery, outside Placerville

Getting ready to enter Gold Bug Mine, Placerville   Gold Bug Mine

South Lake Tahoe  A bird’s view of South Lake Tahoe

Harrah’s South Lake Tahoe’s Annual Food and Wine Event  South Lake Food and Wine Event

Executive Chef Klaus Feyersinger  Harrah’s Executive Chef Klaus Feyesigner


At the Genoa Bar and Saloon, Carson Valley, NV    Genoa Bar and Saloon