Highway 49--Gold Rush Country
C.G. Di Arie Vineyard and Winery 19919 Shenandoah School Rd., 209. 245. 4700. Tasting Thur-M 10-4:30.
Owned by a native Israeli and his wife, a former dancer with the Oakland Ballet, this tiny 209-acre winery makes big wine. “Wine is the thing around which we dance today,” comments the charming Elisheva Gur-Arieh. She says they came to attend a bat mitzvah in the valley here and heard it calling to them. Her husband Chaim is described by others as a character and also the maker of incredible wines. Do sample their smooth and delicious flagship Southern Exposure™ Zinfandel, which has won more than 30 gold medals and is made from grapes from the original Grandpere vineyard. (It is claimed this vineyard holds the oldest living Zinfandel vines in the U.S. The first recorded harvest came from this vineyard in 1868, 1 year before the Civil War.)
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