Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Wine Tasting in El Dorado County

TL and I decided to take a mini trip to 2 El Dorado County wineries on Sunday.  We both have been really busy with work and life... and sometimes a little getaway is the perfect way for us to reconnect.

We visited TooGood Winery and Miller.  Both were cute!

TooGood has some really yummy port.  Their wines were good - but their port is what we surprisingly really enjoyed.  We actually joined their port club :)

Miller Vineyards is a really tiny winery owned by John Miller and his wife.  We stayed for almost 2 hours and chatted with another couple and the owner.  He is very nice and so proud of his wines (in a cute way).  He only makes about 800 cases of wine a year.. but his wine is really yummy - some of the best I have had in a long time.  One of his wines is actually up for the top 20 wines in the world award. He puts so much effort and love into his wine.  He's actually a retired therapist and started late in his life - he said that this is how he always dreamed of retiring.  I definitely recommend stopping in.  His tasting room isn't anything spectacular - but you feel like you're in the living room of his home while you're there.

{these pictures aren't anything special... just snapped a few on my phone at TooGood}
The doors opening up to the wine cave at TooGood.  It was really cool in there - stays at 60 degrees all year round.
 Horrible quality picture - but this is the inside of the wine cave.
El Dorado County is beautiful - driving there, it felt like we were in a forest.
You can see Miller Vineyards just in the distance.

We're so lucky to live close to Amador and El Dorado County wineries... they are a hidden treasure in California!

Hope you're having a beautiful week.

22 comments:

Jodi said...

I love visiting wineries and it sounds like you had a nice time. I like the small places!

Liesl said...

Oh how I adore wine tasting and what a charming little area you were at...love the twinkle lights on the wine barrels! How fun! :)

Anna said...

Wow! That looks so great! I've never visited a winery but I have wanted to! We have a huge one where I'm from so I probably should get to that! :)

tiff@thecoffeehouse said...

did you know my last name used to be Wine? It's true. I tried to talk Dan into Wine-Jones, but he wasn't having it.
I absolutely love wine and wineries and everything about this post.

Carolyn said...

I love this!! :) I wish we lived that close to wine country!

Caroline said...

Gorgeous place!

Lauren said...

oh how fun! sounds like the perfect weekend getaway to reconnect!

Jax said...

Love this!! I am admittedly quite jealous that you live so close to such gorgeous wineries! Sitting and chatting with the owners sounds so perfect! That's exactly what Eric and I did at one place in Healdsburg. It's nice to just slow down and talk to people once in awhile. You can learn and heighten your experience so much more that way! :) My friend is about to have a bachelorette wine tasting in a few weeks where we're planning visits to the Oklahoma wineries. I'm sure you'll see how they look exactly like the CA wineries (sarcasm.. obviously). ;) And love that you joined the port club!

Shannon Elise said...

Miller is one of our favorites. We too have chatted with the owners several times and his pride in his wines is so heartfelt. His wines are some of the best in the area!

Bobbi said...

Sounds like you had a great time!

I've never been winetasting at a vineyard but I definitely want to do that sometime!

Kari said...

Beautiful Place!

Kari said...

Beautiful Place!

Angie said...

What a nice little getaway! Looks like beautiful country there.

Denise Lopatka said...

My husband and I looove visiting wineries. There is something romantic and magical about them I think. Beautiful pictures! Love your blog.

xox

MJ @ Teaching in Heels said...

How fun. Love wine tasting :)

The Magical Christmas Wreath Company said...

Looks wonderful, the cellar pic in particular is lovely and reminds me of our trip to El Dorado vineyards and the Sierra Nevada.

Hope you can pop along to eneter our London Undercover GIveaway.

Ashley said...

ahh, love this. I just posted today on my 27 in 27 list that I want to visit a vineyard! I have never been.

Katie said...

Looks so fun! I need to go to some of the El Dorado wineries, especially since they are so close!

Lori said...

What a great little get away Tracy ~ so nice to have something so close and so fun to do!

Taylor said...

one of my life goals is to go wine tasting! this looks amazing. and so so much fun. a good date idea!

Jane said...

This looks so beautiful! What a great day!

Ocean Dreams said...

I've never been but it looks lovely. Glad you had a nice time!