A Gold Rush Era Wine at Gold Rush Prices & We’ll throw in the shipping as well!


James Skinner grew up in Scotland and became an engineer. In 1842 he brought his wife, Jessie, and oldest son, James Jr., to Massachusetts. Like many American immigrants, he made his way west during the Gold Rush, starting near Coloma where gold was discovered, then moving up the streams and rivers of the low Sierra foothills. Eventually, James did well enough to buy land and create Skinner Ranch.

The ranch ran along a well-traveled road that later became the Pony Express Trail (now Green Valley Road). In 1861, he began making good use of the transportation thoroughfare, planting vineyards and founding the J. Skinner Native Wine and Brandy Co., one of the first commercial vineyards in California, and by 1883, one of the largest. James also built a multi-story, cutting-edge distillery with a boiler room powered by a six-horsepower engine. J. Skinner Winery operated into the early 20th century. James was also a benefactor of his community, supporting his neighbors and donating land for public use, including the plots where the current Rescue fire station and post office now stand.

The original Skinner Ranch was located in what is now known as the town of Rescue. In the 1860s, it was named Skinners, California and remains an unincorporated township that still appears on most maps.

Skinner 2020 Grenache Blanc El Dorado County
GGWC 24.99
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An outstanding Grenache Blanc, the  Skinner Vineyards is 100% Grenache Blanc sourced from two vineyards  64% Stoney Creek Ranch (Estate) and 36% Swansborough  Sporting a burnished gold color, it exhibits a rich, round array of orange blossom, toasted spice, hazelnut, and wild herbs that flows to a medium+ bodied white that is beautifully balanced, has integrated, and a rich texture that carries through the finish. Very food friendly, yet with more than enough interest to stand on its own, this solid white should be enjoyed over the coming 2-3 years.

Winemaker Notes: “The aromatics on the 2020 Grenache Blanc are punchy and brilliant, as the nose suggests a wine of tremendous posture. The first impression is crushed limestone and white flowers, giving way to underpinnings of blood orange, honeysuckle and sandalwood. This wine’s clean, platinum hue and lithe aromatics only begin to tell the story of its deep, complex palate presence of weight and electric tension; a tight balance of flowers, fruit and dirt.”
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