Fair Play Harvest Wine Festival 2019

The wineries of Fair Play invite you to our first annual Harvest Wine Festival. Over 20 wineries will host harvest-themed events on November 2nd - 3rd. There will food, music, games and wine tasting for all ticket holders. Bring your family and friends to our beautiful wineries.

No longer the best the kept secret, Fair Play is now being recognized as the jewel of the Sierra Foothills. Fair Play is El Dorado County's premier wine growing AVA, producing extraordinary, high-quality grapes and producing award-winning, world-class wines. About an hour away from greater Sacramento, but a world apart. Get your tickets today and "Experience Fair Play" harvest fun!


Pairings with Chardonnay

This spring we couldn’t have been more pleased when our 2016/2017 Chardonnay blend was awarded a silver medal in the 2019 World Wide Championships. Tastings, an independent rating and review company for the beverage industry, gave our 2018 vintage an admirable rating of 86 points and noted it “highly impressive.”

Chardonnay happens to be one of the most diverse varietals of white wine for food pairings. With a wide variety of styles, this popular wine goes with all types of main dishes and appetizers. If you are interested in learning about food and wine pairings, this is a great wine to start with.

With a bit of guidance and some basic principles, discovering your favorite combinations can be enjoyable and a lot of fun. For instance, wine should have a comparable flavor intensity as the food. Red wines are often best paired with bold flavors such as beef, or even pork or chicken that is served with a strong flavored sauce. White wines pair best with meats that are lighter, such as fish or chicken. There are a many websites and good books on the subject, that will help you get started.

Start with your favorite wine, or choose your favorite recipe. Either way works fine.

Just for fun, here are some recipes that we like with Chardonnay. Enjoy!

Grilled Marinated Shrimp

Island Pork Tenderloin Salad

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Opening Soon

It won’t be long now! The gang at Bom Vinho is looking forward to welcoming everyone to our tasting room in the very near future.

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Bom Vinho Crew OUT!

Thanks to all our good friends for helping out with the “long pruning” this winter. We kicked it out in 4 hours with plenty of time left to enjoy good wine!

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The vineyard is a beautiful site at any time of the year!


Grape History: Tinta Cao

Tinta Cao is one of the top five grape varieties used in the production of quality Port in the Douro Valley. The low-yielding variety is prized for the spice and bite it delivers to Portuguese Port. The name Tinta Cao translates to "red dog" in Portugese. Tinta Cao makes small clusters of smaller sized grapes: the foliage on the vine is notably a lighter shade of green than many vinifera. Over the centuries, winegrowers in the Douro have discovered that Tinta Cao is better suited to the region's less-sunny sites, where the cooler mesoclimate helps showcase the variety's tasteful floral aromas. When grown in such sites, Tinto Cao, with its strong tannins and acidity, provides longevity to the port blend, helping the wines to age gracefully for many decades. Tinta Cao stands well on its own as it is a table wine. And we are glad to grow such a  reliable grape that produces long lasting wines.

Grape History: Malbec

Malbec was born in France where it was primarily used as a blending grape in the country’s famous Bordeaux region. While the grape had excellent potential to be made into the pure Malbec wine we know today, only the French region of Cahors did so, and until recently that wine rarely made its way outside of the country. It is a wine that seemingly came out of nowhere over the past ten years and quickly has become one of the most popular red wines on the American market. It is a red wine that is a crowd-pleaser and easy to drink, with a ton of juicy fruit flavors. The wine has become so popular it’s actually hard to think of a time when the wine wasn’t everywhere, but its growth in popularity is actually very recent. A group of Argentine winemakers consulted French agronomist by the last name of Pouget for his thoughts on a grape they should plant in order to improve the quality of Argentine wine, he recommended Malbec. These Argentines took vine cuttings from France and brought them back to Argentina. In the hot high-altitude of the region, the Malbec vines thrived, demonstrating none of the weaknesses they had in France. This caused many winemakers to believe Malbec was a grape that had truly belonged in Argentina all along. We are pleased to grow this popular grape here on our vineyard.

Grape History: Souzao

Another grape that we grow here at the vineyard is the Souzao. Souzao is considered as a very famous variety of red wine grape that is mostly recognized for the production of port wines. Interestingly, this grape grows both in white as well as red colors. However, the great content of red in them makes them to be known as the popular red wine grape variety of Portugal. This grape is also used as to the production of table wines and is often seen blended with other famous grape varieties of Portugal. These grapes are often known to be the teinturier grapes because of their intense hue, however the entire flesh of this grape variety is not pigmented.

Grape History: Charbono

Charbono is a widely traveled red grape variety with a complicated history. Originally from the alpine vineyards of Savoie in eastern France, it is now mostly planted in Napa Valley, where it is known as Charbono, and in Argentina, where it goes by the name Bonarda. Wines made from this varietal are generally medium bodied with high acidity, berryfruit aromas and some smoky characteristics. It is thought that Charbono was brought here by European settlers but the why and how of this is disputed. The most popular theory suggests that it was brought to the valley by Italians under the guise of Barbera. In the 1940s, researchers discovered that these vines were something different from Barbera altogether. Inglenook released the first Charbono in the 1940s, and now remains one of the variety's most important proponents. However, it is losing ground to more fashionable grape varieties and now covers less than 100 acres in US vineyards. And we are so pleased to be able to grow this grape at our vineyard.

Sip Sip Hooray!

Our 2017 Verdelho received a GOLD medal at the 10th Annual Sommelier Challenge in San Diego, California. Sommelier Gold honors were awarded to wines that delivered additional complexity and character and rose above a straightforward recommendation. This is an international challenge to which wines from all over the world are submitted, and we are proud to come home with a Gold.

Sommelier Challenge brings together a dynamic group of wine professionals to evaluate wines and single out those that merit honor.  Sommeliers have developed in the past decade or so to transform the way wine savvy restaurants throughout the world purchase and present wines to an ever more complex customer base.

 Head over to our wine sales and grab our award-winning wine for yourself and enjoy. Cheers!


Barrel Room

Our barrel room is nearly complete and a beautiful sight at night!


Winery and Tasting Room

Construction begins on the site of our new winery and tasting room. Exciting! 

Mother Nature

California fires were devastating for so many this year. The snow and rain were a welcome change to a long, dry summer. Some storms were wild, but we didn't let an occasional power outage get the best of us. 


What's a Quonset?

Until construction of the winery building is complete, we've decided to put up a Quonset hut to ferment this year's rapidly approaching harvest. Who was it that said it was "quick and easy"?!  

We want Malbec!

This month one block of our vineyard was grafted over to a Malbec varietal. They are doing quite nicely thank you!

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Our First Harvest

We decided to pick a few rows to get close and personal with our vines. It took us 10 times longer than our vineyard crew and our clippers gave us several nicks and cuts along the way. Rookies!

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Moving Day

Thanks to good friends for making our move from Sacramento to Fair Play a breeze!

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