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Crystal Basin Cellars

3550 Carson Road
Camino, CA 95709
(916) 380-8382

Tasting:   Open daily 11 to 5 pm
Complimentary Tasting
10% discount of 6-11 bottles, 15% on case purchase
Price Range:   $15 to $50 per bottle
Established:   1981
  2000 cases

Crystal Basin Cellars Description

Located in the berg of Camino, just off Highway 50 north of Placerville, you can find the funky but friendly home of CBC, producing Bordeaux, Burgundy and Rhone varietals. Starting as a small winemaking cooperative, the operation has grown and changed over the years and now includes five partners producing their wines in a former apple storage warehouse.

The small tasting room is simple, comfortable, friendly and convenient. The tasting room manager, better known as the “Wine Diva,” will entertain and enthrall you with stories, knowledge and wit.

The goal at CBC is to source high-quality Sierra foothill fruit, then use a minimalist handmade winemaking style to produce flavorful, fruit-forward wines. The whites include Chardonnay, Viognier, Chenin Blanc and a sweet Muscat. The reds, though, get all the attention, with their Mourvedre, Syrah, Grenache, Barbera, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and their late-harvest Syrah. A port is also available, made from the classic Portuguese varieties of Touriga, Tinta Madeira and Sauzao.

Crystal Basin Cellars Features

Ambiance Types of Wine Amenities
Off the Beaten Path
Historic Features
Country Charm
Casual & Relaxed
Cabernet Sauvignon
Pinot Noir
Event Space
Wine Education Seminars
Barrel Sampling
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Poker Run
preciouswines, sac
A friend shared this place with us. I'm so Glad its a great find. The staff is great, had a lot of great laughs. The wines are great too.. Champagne is tasty too.

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Funky but interesting stop
Wino, Berkeley
Kind of off the beaten track for sure! This place is a bit funky and we almost didn't stop when we found the place, but we were glad we did. The small tasting room had some local folks there and we had some great conversations as we sampled the wines. The reds are always what I go for but I started, and was pleased with the whites. Then the reds came on well with their lusty Barbera and the Port. We got a good case discount and will look for their wines in the Bay Area.

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