Skinner “1861” Red Blend


Skinner “1861” Red Blend

$30 (retail) Wine Club pricing reflected in receipt

We’ve encountered a number of intriguing stories about how people get into the wine business, but this one is tough to top:  Kevin and Kathy Skinner were traveling home from Tahoe to home in Santa Cruz using and old map when they encountered their family name at a site near Placerville.  After researching, they discovered their lineage to the namesake of the town, Scottish gold miner James Skinner, who founded J. Skinner Native Wine and Brandy Co. near what is now Cameron Park.

The lure was so compelling, the family—headed by insurance executive Mike Skinner and his wife, Carey—founded its own winery in Eldorado County’s Fair Play AVA.  Though Chris Pittenger is winemaker, many family members are actively involved in the business.

Elements of the original Skinner site have been restored, thanks to help from the modern-day Skinners, and last June, the Native Sons of the Golden West erected a historical marker in Cameron Park.

We’re pleased to offer the Skinner 1861 Red Blend (an homage to the year of the founding of the original winery); if you like it, getcha some fast because only 172 cases were produced!

Winery Tasting Notes:  “This complex wine combines aromas of cassis, black cherry, and ripe strawberry with elements of Asian spices and dried herbs. Modest tannins and ample acidity create a supple, balanced finish for this unfined and unfiltered blend.”

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