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“Good Wines, Casual Feel, Nice Staff”

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.
Lodi, California
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“Good Wines, Casual Feel, Nice Staff”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2013

Our group of 8 came to Crystal Basin Cellars from the suggestion of 1 of our friends who lives in the area. We purchased a Sweet Jack deal for 6 wine tastings, tour, 1 bottle of wine, and 4 plates at the Bistro next door. Our friend was able to piggy back on our deal since he is a wine club member and there often.

The tasting room & wine facility are in an old building with a barn feel with old wood walls. The tasting room is a bit small with space for maybe 15 guests. There is a second tasting bar in the barn but it is only 6' long. You can easily walk around between rooms & outside. There are a few tables & chairs outside, Down the stairs towards the bistro is a large grass area with about 6-8 picnic tables. On this October day is was perfect weather in the upper 70's & full of sunshine.

The wines are very good. Everyone's palate is different and we all have our favorite varietals, so I wont judge the wines. I'm not a big fan of oaked Chard, but their unoaked Chard was pretty good, and I'm a Red guy.

The tour is average as all we did was go into the barrel room. My only negative was the man who we had in the tasting room & guide. He tried too hard to impress us with his average knowledge, and several times was incorrect.

When we were done with the tour & tasting we got some wine, went to the picnic area, got our food from the bistro (see separate review) and enjoyed the food & wine for lunch.

I would highly recommend this winery if you are in the area.

Visited October 2013
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Camino, California, United States
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“A Great Gateway Winery for those New to Tasting”
4 of 5 bubbles 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
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“One of the best!”
5 of 5 bubbles 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!!”
5 of 5 bubbles 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
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“Good Wine - Good Friends”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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