Saturday, April 23, 2011

150 Years Later... in the path of James & Jessie Skinner

I've been following the progress of Mike and Carey Skinner and their sons as they re-establish the Skinner legacy in the wine business in the Sierra Foothills, specifically in El Dorado county.  From son Kevin doing the initial research on the Skinner winery in what is now Cameron Park, to mom Carey putting her real estate skills to work to find a great vineyard location in Fair Play and now working on marketing and branding, to dad Mike deploying his business skills and opening his checkbook to create yet another enterprise, to son Brendan doing research on tasting room and accounting software, to son Ryan giving his all as the on-site manager ... the green-tech winery and heritage-imbued tasting room emerged.  Chris Pittenger, winemaker, spec'd out the winery, and it is a beauty.  His wines crafted for Skinner are already receiving good acclaim, and the Estate Wines to come will be great too.  You can read more at their website.

 Chris Pittenger, left, and Ryan Skinner
The Grand Opening is not until May 22 up at 2700 feet at the Stoney Creek Vineyard at 8054 Fair Play Road in Fair Play, but the tasting room is open now to the public, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday-Saturday-Sunday.

Mike Dunne, columnist for the SacBee, and blogger at "A Year in Wine", just did a great blogpost following his visit to the ridgetop.  Read it here.

It is worth a visit to Fair Play!

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