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Monday, October 19, 2015
The Art of Wine at C.G. DiArie in Amador County
Gregarious Chaim Gur-Arieh enjoys telling about his food
science career that includes Cap’n
Crunch cereal.Power Bars.Pudding Cups.Space meals for astronauts.And
more.But as a winemaker at C.G. DiArie
since 2000, he is happiest talking about wine.Co-owner Elisheva Gur-Arieh often joins him as they introduce wine
lovers to their wines.
Welcome to the winery!
Chaim’s winemaking style features a fusion between New World
and Old World wines.New World wines he
believes are quite fruit-forward and have distinct varietal
characteristic.Old World wines express
their terroir strongly. New World wines,
he says, are very drinkable when they are young.Old World wines are more elegant, not highly
alcoholic, and oak plays an important role but is very much in the background.
Winemaking represents everything Chaim loves best, and his
wines show that love.“I find winemaking
very challenging.I can use my intuition
and creativity, and I can showcase my knowledge and my hands-on food science
Chaim expresses his wine creativity in a state-of-the-art
12,000 square foot winemaking facility.It was built to use the natural slope of the terrain to facilitate
gravity feed as part of the winemaking process.The facility also has sufficient room for two art galleries that display
the Gur-Arieh’s collection of California art.Elisheva herself is a nationally exhibiting artist. The tasting room at the winery is filled with
wonderful art, and sculptures ornament the patio where wine lovers can sit to
look out over the vineyards.
C. G. di Arie Winery and Tasting Room
5200 Di Arie Road
Mount Aukum, CA 95656 530-620-6500
Tasting Room in Amador County
19919 Shenandoah School Road
Plymouth, CA 95669 209-245-4700
The winery makes between 10,000-15,000 cases of wine yearly.Varieties featured include Zinfandel,
Barbera, Primitivo, Petite Sirah, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Tempranillo, Cabernet
Sauvignon, Touriga Nacional, Grenache, Petit Verdot.
(You can read more about this winery and
meet the family at a special meal that photographer Johan Martin
photographed for my forthcoming book...sign up to get updates/alert on
publication date ... www.wineriesofthesierrafoothills.com)