Lava Cap Winery



The Blind Barrel

The Blind Barrel is an El Dorado Winery Association event celebrating of the repeal of Prohibition with the passage of the Twenty-first amendment in 1933.

Join us in period garb as we serve great local wine at our authentic speak easy venue-a 1920's grange hall in the center of historic Gold Discovery State Park.

Enjoy gourmet soup, and the best white, rose, and red wines El Dorado County has to offer.

Prizes will awarded for the best period outfit. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to MORE, Mother Lode Rehabilitation Enterprises.

Tickets are $50 and can be purchased here


Harvest  News

First day of fall update: All of our estate whites, with the exception of the marsanne and roussanne have been harvested and are undergoing fermentation. We are roughly a third through our red grapes, with the first lot of Cab Sauv. arriving from our estate vineyards today. The syrah, zinfandel, and merlot will follow shortly. The remaining reds will be picked late this month, or early October.

The quality of fruit this year is excellent, with small, concentrated berries. As across much of California, harvest is a couple of weeks ahead of what is typical in the region, and yields are slightly less than in years past. Fires, which have plagued Amador and Calaveras counties to the south have left us largely free of smoke, minus a couple days last week. The leaves are starting to change color on the vines as the weather cools off. Exciting time to come visit us in our tasting room!

New Releases! 

Sangiovese 2013
Aromas of strawberry and a touch of thyme,
bright natural acidity with notes of vanilla and
leather in the finish. $22 | Members $17.60

Grenache 2014
An elegant wine that opens with strawberry
and a touch of cinnamon. Expressive flavors of
pomegranate and a creamy smooth finish.
Limit 6 bottles per customer.
$28 | Members $ $22.40

Zinfandel Reserve 2013
Subtle notes of briar and spice which quickly give way to aromas of raspberry liqueur. A warm
luscious finish lingers on with sweet vanilla
oak flavors. $25 | Members $20