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Country of Origin: USA
Location: El Dorado, Sierra Foothills
People: Mike & Carey Skinner, Owners | Chris Pittenger, Winemaker
|Smithereens 2016 White Blend, El Dorado||Login||—||In Stock|
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Smithereens is the second label by Skinner Vineyards.
Carey and Mike Skinner started Skinner Vineyards in 2006 after discovering that Mike was the great-great-great-grandson of James Skinner, a Scottish miner who established one of Sierra Foothills’ first wineries in 1861. Not only was it one of the first, but J. Skinner Native Wine and Brandy was also one of the largest and most popular wineries in California in the late 19th Century. It remained in operation into the early 1900s.
Mike Skinner had no knowledge of his ancestry until his son Kevin with wife Kathy noticed the name Skinner on an old roadside map. They detoured to the location and discovered their lost family history in the Sierra Foothills. Only months after learning about the Skinner legacy, Carey and Mike purchased a 25-acre ranch a mile or so from the original Skinner Winery and embraced their newfound heritage. With granitic soils, high elevations, and steep slopes, the region's terroir is perfectly suited for the Rhône-style wines they produce.
The name Smithereens reflects the history of gold mining in the Sierra Foothills and the story of James Skinner who was lured to the area during the Gold Rush. Miners during the Gold Rush had to blast out the precious metal from the earth using a DuPont blasting machine. One misstep could spell disaster for all involved.