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“A Great Gateway Winery for those New to Tasting”

Crystal Basin Cellars
Ranked #5 of 16 things to do in Camino
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Crystal Basin Cellars is a circle of friends who are sharply focused on creating small batches of wines of outstanding quality. Our long-standing, world-class El Dorado grape sources complement our minimalist, handmade winemaking style to create delicious fruit-forward wines.
Camino, California, United States
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“A Great Gateway Winery for those New to Tasting”
Reviewed October 14, 2013

If you or friends have wanted to try wine tasting but were afraid of appearing like yokels, you should try Crystal Basin, where being unsophisticated is not only not frowned upon, it's celebrated! Friendly bar staff will take you through your paces on the wine list, which includes some very serviceable reds. They even sell a Redneck wine in its own bag. A thoroughly enjoyable stop if you are looking for some low-brow highfalutin fun, often including live music.

Visited March 2013
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Placerville, ca
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“One of the best!”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

if you choose only one winery in El Dorado County to become a wine club member, this is the place. The wide variety of reds is outstanding. Be sure to go tasting in the barrel room.

Visited July 2013
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Helena, Montana
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“26 wines that dont suck!!”
Reviewed September 4, 2012

A good place to start you day at Apple Hill. You go to some winery’s that you find a few good wines. Well this winery has all good wines and I never have to use the dump bucket. The Cab franc is a must have I pick up a bottle every trip and get home I wish I got 2.

Visited September 2012
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Sacramento, California
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
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“Good Wine - Good Friends”
Reviewed April 12, 2012

Crystal Basin is a gem of a find and a great place to bring your wine drinking or newbie friends. They make a wide variety of red and white wines and with the new sparkling wine our party of 6 was able to find several wines each that were worthy of purchase. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable and they offer barrel tasting and discounted future sales. We have attended a couple of events there and they are a blast.

Visited March 2012
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Shingle Springs, California
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“Good variety of local wines”
Reviewed February 25, 2012

As I understand, this is a cooperative of wine makers in El Dorado county. We've bought excellent wines here and especially like the friendliness of the staff and winemakers. And, it's in a very convenient location - right next to Hwy 50.

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