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  1. Sip and Nosh While We Wait...

    While we wait for harvest...

    Please contact us for your spot at one of our Saturday Afternoon Sip and Nosh Events.  We are taking the first 8 reservations for informal sipping and noshing from 4-6 Saturdays through fall.  Call or text (530) 400-7654, email bookshelfwines2@gmail.com, or use the contact form tab on this website.  Don't miss out to enjoy a lovely late afternoon with us.  Bring friends...we love meeting new people, visiting with friends, and introducing all to Bookshelf Wines.

    In the meantime...we wait for harvest.  Always a fun and exciting time and always different.  The suspense builds; when will the grapes hit the peak of perfection with perfectly balanced sugar and acid?  It's always hard to predict and this year has presented some unique challenges. The smoke and ash that lingered in the air through most of September blocked needed sunlight for ripening. We've seen uneven ripening and usually early varietals are

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  2. Tasting Dichotomy At A Bookshelf Wine Tasting Event

    Video!: Tasting Dichotomy At A Bookshelf Wine Tasting Event

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  3. Good to the last sip....

    We knew this would happen. We are sold out of 2017 Dichotomy White Pinot Noir.

    How did this happen? Easily when Dichotomy became a Bookshelf Wines fan favorite!

    But, don't despair. We have plenty of 2019 Dichotomy available to taste and purchase. Very similar to 2017 Dichotomy, the 2019 has hints of apple and honey. Its been described by early tasters as perhaps a bit brighter and fresher.

    You might ask why there are differences from one vintage to the next. As we have discovered, grape growers are farmers and at the mercy of Mother Nature. Here are some examples of what might go wrong in any given year.

    In 2016 the Trail Head Fire burned for about a week on a ridge between the Middle Fork and the South Fork of the American River. The ridge where the conflagration burned was in view of our vineyard. The grapes were tinier than peas so we didn't think much about smoke taint

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  4. Join Us/Taste Our Wines!

    Join us as we move closer to harvest.

    Appointment Only Tasting Event:  August 8, 11-1  Charcuterie plates available for order.  12 persons max either time.

    Call us to arrange for your private tasting outside of dates listed.

    Don't want to mingle?

    Order a tasting package to enjoy in the privacy of your home.  One bottle of Dichotomy 2017 (Gold Medal), Chardonnay 2018 (no contests in 2020, you be the judge!), Zinfandel 2016 (Silver Medal) and Sangiovese 2017, (again, you be the judge!).  This is a great way to sample some of our wines at a reasonable price.  Available for pick up or shipping is available.  Give us a call if you have questions about the tasting package.

    Join our wine club.

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  5. Summer 2020 Events Bookshelf Wines and Storytime Cellars Wines and Pizza

    Vineyard Tour and Taste July 18 (Full): August 8 11-1 Space Available

    Bookshelf Wine Pinot Noir with Pizza

    Location: New Bookshelf Wines Winery Pilot Hill Area. Take a nice drive out to the country to enjoy our vineyard and privately taste both Bookshelf Wines and Storytime Cellars Wines. The location is oak tree studded with gorgeous views.

    Contact us for your private group appointment if you can't make the dates listed above for a vineyard tour and taste our wines. Call (530) 400-7654. 

    Times available: 11-1; Maximum 12 at each appointment

    Bookshelf Wines:

    White Wines: Chardonnay, 2018; Dichotomy, 2017; Rose of Pinot Noir, Sweetness, 2019 Red Wines: Pinot Noir, 2017; Sangiovese, 2017;

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  6. Spring Time at Bookshelf Wines

    Bookshelf Wines' VineyardHello all.

    We hope you are healthy and beginning to enjoy our nice, sunny weather. We are well and getting out to the vineyard!

    May Update:  The vines are growing like crazy and looking healthy.  They are thriving in the sunshine and loved the recent rains.  In addition to working on the vines, we have been bottling wines and making summer plans.  We are tucking shoots under the wires...its a never-ending process!

    Out of respect for no large party requirements due to COVID 19, we cancelled our scheduled June 13 Spring Party. All is not lost however. We have made plans for smaller gatherings in the vineyard where we can be distant but together. We have worked out a process for product sampling with minimal human contact required. We are featuring some picnic

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  7. Check in and Special Stay at Home Pricing

    Hello All. We wanted to reach out during this current crisis to find out how you all are doing. We'd also like to update you on some website changes we've made over the past few weeks. New website, same address, slightly different look and feel, more robust. The catalog shows retail price for our wines. During our current crisis, we've lowered our prices to club prices, $21.00/bottle (limit of 3 bottles for 2015 Zinfandel). Call, text or email us to get this price as you won't see it on the website. Phone (530) 400-7654 or email bookshelfwines2@gmail.com. Stay safe and healthy! Niles and Sheila

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  8. Mardi Gras 2020

    Hi Y'all! Mardi Gras 2020 is Tuesday (of course, its Fat Tuesday!) February 25! Let's make gumbo and fais do do!

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  9. Truffle Hunt

    Truffle Hunt EventDecember 8th Truffle Hunt with Tesoro Mio Truffle Ranch and Bookshelf Wines is full! Another great experience for our club members. Truffle Hunt plus truffle appetizers paired with Bookshelf Wines. All right here in El Dorado County!  
    Cheers!!
    Niles and Sheila

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  10. Storytime Cellars

    Story Time Cellats LogoSo much is new at Bookshelf Wines, including the addition of our second label, Storytime Cellars! We wanted to make the announcement quickly and will catch you up on the latest soon.

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  11. Its “stock your cellar” time of year

    Holidays are a coming up soon. Get case discounts at our Stock Your Cellar with Bookshelf Wines event on Saturday, Nov. 23. Email us for details and an invitation. Time to add a few notable bottles to your Cellar. Bookshelf Wines is ready to help. Email us at bookshelfwines2@gmail.com to recommend and discuss volume discounts!
    Best wishes,
    Niles and Sheila

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  12. They’re Here…

    Bookshelf Wines Sierra Foothills Yes, we bottled 3 new varietals in May of 2019; Pinot Noir 2017, Sangiovese 2017 and Zinfandel 2017. They are available for purchase on our website store, and if you are interested in tasting before buying, contact us and we will get you connected. Please remember to watch our calendar for invitation only events.

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