News & Events

Events:

Harvest Club Release with Winery Walks, September 13th, 11 – 3pm

 All year long, we look towards harvest, when our year’s work culminates into one critical point. It’s a time of wonder, energy, nerves, and anticipation. At the September Club Event, we want to share the excitement of harvest. Reserve a spot at one of the Winery Walks, and we’ll guide you on a walk through […]

 

News & Press:

March 31, 2014

Wine Spectator Recommended Rhone-Style Wines from California

SKINNER Mourvèdre El Dorado Estate 2010 Score: 94 Offers a powerful thrust of road tar-laced dark berry, black licorice, anise and cigar box notes. For all its torque, this retains a measure of grace and refinement. Dense and chewy, with beautiful flavors. Drink now through 2024. 73 cases made. –JL SKINNER Eighteen Sixty-One El Dorado 2010 Score: 93 […]

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March 31, 2014

Wine Spectator’s Four to Watch

Mike Skinner, 67, didn’t plan on starting a winery, but a revelation about his ancestry sparked his interest. Before Skinner’s father died, in 1992, he revealed the scant details he knew about the family’s history: a town in the Sierra Foothills called Coloma and a vague reference to the year 1849, since he knew an ancestor was involved in the Gold Rush. Skinner’s son, Kevin, drove to the town and found the remnants of a family cemetery. Skinner then contacted local historians and learned that his family had been pioneers in the California wine industry.

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March 15, 2014

NorCal’s Wine of the Day

Skinner’s got the right grapes in the right sites and combines that with careful viticulture and talented winemaking. The results are excellent and, because the region is still under-the-radar, even limited-release wines can be had at reasonable prices. Read More

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December 3, 2013

Top 100 Wines, 2013

This year’s list marks key moment for American wine If the past is prelude, then my conclusion from last year’s Top 100 Wines — that we’re entering a glorious age for American wine — is even truer in 2013. The top wines coming from the West Coast right now are the best in a generation 2011 […]

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November 2013

“The New California Wine” includes Skinner as a Top Producer

Revising the Rhône Top Producer: Skinner Vineyards “A key to improving Sierra Foothills winemaking has been to have a new local producer serious and ambitious enough to redirect the region’s more rustic ways. The foothills found that in Skinner, located at 2,750 feet high up in remote Fair Play. The Skinner wines have a delicate […]

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September 16, 2013

Tempting the Hangman of El Dorado County

“I’ll FINALLY end with the Skinner Vineyards 2010 Eighteen Sixty-One, a blend of Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah and Counoise. What I like about Skinner’s wines is their purity, how the flavors pop on your palate, and how elegant and polished they are. Grenache seems to love El Dorado County, and may ultimately be the variety that distinguishes it. […]

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July 2013

26 Hours in El Dorado: Visiting La Clarine Farm, Skinner + Gros Ventre

“Tasting through the Skinner Rhone reds collection there is a beautiful consistency of quality, with vintage variation. The winemaking utilizes natural yeast with no additives, with a focus on picking to retain acidity. Pittenger is especially excited about the Grenache they are producing from the region. I fell in love with the Mourvedre, especially the […]

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April 14, 2013

White wine from the Sierra foothills

White wine from Sierra foothills April 14, 2013 By Jon Bonné, Chronicle Wine Editor “2011 Skinner El Dorado Viognier ($24, 13.9%): This ascendant winery in Fair Play shows a particular strength with a grape that can too often be steered wrong. It’s both vibrant and florid in that Viognier way – with hyacinth and dark […]

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February 3, 2013

2013 Winemaker to Watch: Chris Pittenger

Winemaker Chris Pittenger walks the rows at Skinner Vineyards in Fair Play (El Dorado County). Photo: Brian Baer, Special To The Chronicle 2013 Winemaker to Watch: Chris Pittenger February 3, 2013 By Jon Bonné, Chronicle Wine Editor The distinctive growing conditions and unusual soils drew winemaker Chris Pittenger to the Sierra Foothills. The fact that it’s so close […]

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April 1, 2013

A bright moment for the Rhone-minded

A bright moment for the Rhone-minded April 1, 2013 By Jon Bonné, Chronicle Wine Editor “2010 Skinner Dry Diggings El Dorado Red ($32, 14.8%): Recently profiled Winemaker to Watch Chris Pittenger leads with Syrah here, in this case about one-half, with Grenache, Mourvedre and Petite Sirah, from a mix of estate and notable foothills (Sumu Kaw, […]

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March 31, 2013

Grenache Displays its Stunning Side

Grenache Displays its Stunning Side March 31, 2013 By Jon Bonné, Chronicle Wine Editor “2011 Skinner El Dorado Grenache ($26, 14.8%): The Skinner family and winemaker Chris Pittenger found a hearty, musky expression from El Dorado: wild sage and mace, matched to tannic black currant and tangy raspberry. Dense and big, but still remarkably finessed.” read […]

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January 30, 2013

2010 Skinner Grenache WINE OF THE WEEK

2010 Skinner Grenache WINE OF THE WEEK January 30, 2013 By Jon Bonné, Chronicle Wine Editor “Heading into the weekend of the big game, it’s time for a red robust enough to party with. But Chris Pittenger’s work both accomplishes that and shows off so much more — specifically the beauty of this grape on […]

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December 2, 2012

Top 100 Wines, 2012

Top 100 Wines, 2012 December 2, 2012 By Jon Bonné, Chronicle Wine Editor “2010 Skinner El Dorado Grenache ($26, 14.8%): Winemaker Chris Pittenger continues to show the beauty of the foothills at this upstart label. The Grenache hails from two notable sites, Sumu Kaw and Fenaughty, at 2,500 and 2,850 feet, and the 2010 shows a […]

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March 23, 2012

Rhône Rosé: Quivira, Mounts, and Skinner Vineyards – Drink Pink!

Rhône Rosé: Quivira, Mounts, and Skinner Vineyards – Drink Pink! March 23, 2012 By William Allen, Healdsburg Patch Skinner Vineyards 2010 Grenache Rosé” A winery in the Sierra Foothills I have my eyeballs on.  This Rosé is  mostly Grenache with a touch of Mourvedre. Color – clear, salmon-strawberry color. On the nose -cherry, red fruit, hint […]

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February 26, 2012

Grenache finds a star turn in California: The Chronicle Recommends

Grenache finds a star turn in California: The Chronicle Recommends February 26, 2012 By Jon Bonné, Chronicle Wine Editor “2009 Skinner El Dorado Grenache ($26, 15%): Winemaker Chris Pittenger’s early vintages have quickly brought attention to this new foothills label. The Grenache hails from two notable sites, Sumu Kaw and Fenaughty, at 2,500 and 2,850 […]

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Review: Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

2009 Skinner Vineyards Syrah Stoney Creek Vineyard Fair Play Bright purple.  Black and blue fruits on the perfumed nose, with notes of star anise, violet and black pepper adding complexity.  Coats the palate with intense blackberry and bitter cherry flavors, picking up spicecake and floral pastille nuances with air.  Velvety tannins give shape and grip […]

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December 4, 2011

Top 100 Wines, 2011

Top 100 Wines, 2011 December 4, 2011 By Jon Bonné, Chronicle Wine Editor “2010 Skinner Stoney Creek Vineyard Fair Play Grenache Blanc ($22, 13.3%): Winemaker Chris Pittenger is bringing impressive finesse to this new label from the Sierra foothills. This varietal Grenache Blanc, from the Skinner family’s estate parcel and the Swansboro vineyard farmed by Ron […]

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November 20, 2011

Pinot and Rhone-style whites for Thanksgiving: The Chronicle recommends

Pinot and Rhone-style whites for Thanksgiving: The Chronicle recommends November 20, 2011 By Jon Bonné, Chronicle Wine Editor “2009 Skinner Stoney Creek Vineyard Fair Play Grenache Blanc ($20, 13.3% percent): Newly established Skinner is helping revive the Sierra foothills as a top growing region, and Chris Pittenger is setting a California benchmark with this pitch-perfect Grenache […]

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Reviews: The Rhone Report

Reviews: The Rhone Report Jeb Dennuck, Formerly of The Rhone Report, Currently reviewing for The Wine Advocate 2010 Skinner Viognier Stoney Creek Vineyards The 2010 Skinner Viognier Stoney Creek Vineyards is 100% Viognier that was aged for 11 months in neutral French oak. It displays a classical, ripe Viognier profile with loads of peach, white […]

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June 19, 2011

A new Mother Lode: vintners rediscover Sierra foothills

A new Mother Lode: vintners rediscover Sierra foothills June 19, 2011 By Jon Bonné, Chronicle Wine Editor “There might be no better sign of the new ambition than Skinner Vineyards in Fair Play. Its ties to the past are evident: Founder Mike Skinner is the great-great-great-grandson of James Skinner, a Scottish miner who in 1860 […]

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May 27, 2011

High Tech & History at New Foothills Winery

High Tech & History at New Foothills Winery May 27, 2011 By Jon Tourney, Wines & Vines Fair Play, Calif.—Skinner Vineyards officially opened its new tasting room and “green” technology winery in the Fair Play AVA of California’s Sierra Foothills last weekend. Mike and Carey Skinner purchased the 67-acre property in 2007. Ranging in elevation […]

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March 3, 2011

Skinner Vineyards

Skinner Vineyards March 3, 2011 The Wine Travelers We had the opportunity to take a sneak preview of the Skinner Vineyards tasting room that will open in just a few weeks. With its panoramic views it will easily qualify as one of the “Best Views” of any tasting room in California. And that is just […]

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