Gold and Wine: A History of Winemaking in El Dorado County
Gold and Wine: A History of Winemaking in El Dorado County, written by local historian Eric J. Costa. The 140-page, full-color book tells the story of El Dorado’s wine history — beginning with the 1840s Gold Rush, through the rebirth of the local wine region beginning in the 1970s.
Wine writer Mike Dunne lists it among his top wine resources, saying in his ‘blog: “As he did earlier with Old Vines: A History of Winegrowing in Amador County, foothill historian Eric Costa has picked a fine-wine region of the Mother Lode and dug deep into its viticultural and enological history to produce a scholarly yet easily readable survey. The handsome book is a rich vein of surprises, not the least of which is the introduction by Sacramento grocer Darrell Corti.”
"Work on the book began nearly 15 years ago when local winery owners recognized the need to trace the history of winemaking in El Dorado County and the region’s early settlers.
Several long-time winery owners including Greg Boeger, Brian Fitzpatrick, John Smith, John MacCready, Paul Bush and his father Dick Bush gathered historical photos, anecdotes and details of the region’s growing wine scene. The late David Jones, founder of Lava Cap Winery and a professional geologist, wrote a section on the terroir of El Dorado and how it defines the region’s wines.