July Wine of the Month, Petite Sirah

July Wine of the Month, Petite Sirah

Petite Sirah is a Big and Unique element of California grape history.  Besides the layered blueberry and cocoa-esque tannin structure, the aspect of smooth and velvet oozes from the glass.  Dark and bold but understated because of the unique fruit grown in vineyards in El Dorado’s higher elevations, this Petite Sirah is a tasty accompaniment for your summer BBQ efforts on your patio.  Awarded 93 Points by the Wine Enthusiast in early 2023.
Petite Sirah
June Wine of the Month, Mourvedre

June Wine of the Month, Mourvedre

Mourvedre’s origins in the sunny regions of eastern Spain and southern France make it perhaps the perfect grape for the rolling hills and dramatic backdrops of California’s Sierra Foothills.   Crystal Basin’s version has a velvety spiciness along with a mysterious combination of white pepper and cherry. It is a fun wine to enjoy for the first time.  People find they really enjoy a new wine flavor they have not previously encountered. Crystal Basin sources grapes from three vineyards within the El Dorado appellation.  These vineyards are as divergent as the local terrain.  The premiere vineyard was planted by a grower pioneering Rhone Varieties in the early 1990’s.  Another represents a not-so-distant past where plant materials could be brought unvetted to California and planted.  These are referred to as “suitcase clones” and, while contributing unique flavors and characteristics to the finished wine,  are increasing rare in the state. The final contributor is based in the edge of viable vineyard land in El Dorado County, the very southeast corner behind Mt. Aukum.
May Wine of the Month Grenache

May Wine of the Month Grenache

Ah Grenache. We picked it as the wine for the month of May, largely because it is a transitional wine, much like May itself. Like May, Grenache comes in a host of styles and flavors. It is the second-most planted red wine grape in the world, only surpassed by Cabernet Sauvignon. It grows in virtually every wine-producing region and is made in possible the widest range of styles. We suggest that you serve Grenache a little colder than you would other white wines – let it slowly come up to room temperature on your table to see what we’re talking about. From the light rose wines of Tavel in France, to a fruit-bomb GSM wine from Australia to the venerated Hearty Burgundy from California in the 70’s, Grenache is a workhorse. It likes heat and it likes to bear a heavy crop. It likes to be blended – check out a Chateauneuf-du-Pape from the Rhone or a Rioja or Priorat from Spain. It is the lead singer in the GSM blend – Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre! Grenache boasts of Spanish origins but its main stage may be found in the Rhone Valley of France. It can stand on it’s own as a high alcohol wine like Banyuls or Gigondas or add a lighter edge to a blend. We suggest that, as you fire up the barbie for the first couple of times this year – you consider pulling a cork on a Grenache to see how it fits your transition to the patio for the summer!
Syrah Wine of the Month

Syrah Wine of the Month

Announcing Crystal Basin’s Wine of the Month Syrah!

Syrah was one of the two grape varieties that Crystal Basin was founded to showcase.

Grown at higher altitudes, Syrah gains a rugged, meaty fruitiness and loses the higher tannins that its often known for.

Our Syrah is a fruit-forward expression of sun and soil.

El Dorado fruit brings on a rich blackberry and peppery aspect that is intriguing like wearing shiny leather pants.

We hope you’ll enjoy some of our Syrah soon!


Syrah Crystal Basin Cellars

January Wine of the Month Cabernet Sauvignon

January Wine of the Month Cabernet Sauvignon

Visit us at any of our Crystal Basin Cellar locations during the month of December for a special tasting featuring our January Wine of the Month Cabernet Sauvignon.

No discussion about wines made from red grapes is complete without homage to Cabernet Sauvignon. The most-planted grape in the world, Cabernet Sauvignon has proponents of its rich and tannic flavor profile in most, if not all, of the grape growing regions of the world.

Hailing from the Bordeaux region of western France, the best versions of wines made from this grape can reach a graceful age and awe you with their cost. Best found on your dinner table or on the menu of your favorite restaurant, Cabernet Sauvignon compliments fine foods and a healthy diet.

With small berries and low vineyard yield, Cabernet Sauvignon creates multi-layered wines that can be enjoyed during winter months and warming dinners in cozy living rooms. Crystal Basin has used the same vineyard sources for our Cabernet Sauvignon for over 20 years. Enjoy with those you love!

Sangiovese October Wine of the Month

Sangiovese October Wine of the Month

Crystal Basin Cellars is highlighting our double gold medal award winning Sangiovese as our October Wine of the Month.

Sangiovese is Mother Nature’s statement about the flavor exchange that happens during the transition from Summer to Fall.

Just like the ripening cycles in October’s gardens, vineyards and pumpkin patches, Sangio somehow combines the acidity of the summer heat and transitions it to the mellowness of shorter days and narrower temperature swings of fall evenings.

Sangiovese speaks to the fall ripeness of your garden’s bounty and can create some of those memorable and sublime Indian Summer experiences that mark the change of seasons.

That’s why we are featuring it as our October Wine of the Month.

Watch Mike Owen & Rex and the Road discuss the the Crystal Basin Cellars Sangiovese below to learn more about our award winning wine!

This wine pairs well with roasted pork, gnocchi with sage butter, or even a spaghetti and meatballs meal. In other words, the perfect addition to your fall dinner table!

Enjoy a bottle of the Crystal Basin Cellars October Wine of the Month, Sangiovese, in your home by ordering a bottle to be delivered to your home or you can pick it up at one of our locations!

Visit Us

Want to try it before you buy it? Visit of our locations for a wine flight tasting that includes our Double Gold award winning Crystal Basin Cellars Sangiovese wine!

Crystal Basin Cellars

Located at: 3550 Carson Rd, Camino, CA 95709

Open 7 Days a week: 11am – 5pm

Phone: (530) 647-1767

Crystal Basin Station

Located at: 813-G Sutter St, Folsom, CA 95630

Open Thursday – Monday: Varying hours. Click the button below to see our current schedule.

Phone: (916) 673-9440