RIP Bantam Cellars + Welcome J. Foster Mitchell

On a recent trip up to Gold Country I was shocked to see that one of my favorite small wineries was no more.  Bantam Cellars, a fun, small, family winery, associated with Karly Wines, was a welcome respite from the increasingly overly corporate and packaged wineries in Amador County.  These were real people making real wines.

But Charles Mitchell, whose namesake winery is located in the Fairplay region of El Dorado County, just up the road, has purchased Bantam Cellars and renamed it after his father, J. Foster Mitchell.  The new winery has the tag line, “An education in wine”.

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About dslocicero

David is an author and architect living in the San Francisco Bay Area. He writes about wine, food and travel. His first book is Pour Me Another: An Opinionated Guide to Gold Country Wines, now one of the highest rated books about California Wines.