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This Quaint California County Is Full of Family-owned Wineries and Historic Gold Rush Towns

Unfamiliar even to some avid consumers, the wines of Fair Play and El Dorado are impressive and gaining the recognition they deserve.


The story goes that the town of Fair Play in the Sierra foothills got its name during the California Gold Rush when two miners settled a dispute and agreed to “fair play” in the future. Nearly 200 years later, the foothills provide a different kind of treasure — the climate, soil, and altitude for growing high-quality wine grapes. Northeast of the famed Napa Valley and east of Sonoma, the Fair Play American Viticultural Area (AVA) vineyards have the average highest elevation in California at between 2,000 and 3,500 feet above sea level. Unfamiliar even to some avid wine consumers, the wines of the Fair Play and El Dorado AVAs are impressive and gaining the recognition they deserve. Read the full story...