Toward the valley, the temperature heats up; as the altitude increases, it cools down.
Although vineyard acreage is expanding and new varieties are planted, Sierra Foothills is best known for growing heat-loving Zinfandel.
Old Zinfandel vines, some dating back to the days of the California gold rush, yield ripe, concentrated grapes that make heavy, Port-like wines in Amador County. Zin can be slightly lighter in Calaveras County and more rustic in El Dorado County.
When you are ready to proceed to the tasting, click Module 6 on the navigation bar at the top of this page.
WineSpectator.com seeks an assistant editor in its New York City office to help develop content for its website, e-mail newsletters, social media platforms and apps. Candidates should have one to three years of journalism experience in a digital environment and be able to handle daily deadlines. Get more details.
Sips & Tips | Wine & Healthy Living
Video Theater | Collecting & Auctions
New! Ratings Flash | New! Unfiltered