Monday, December 31, 2012

2nd Annual Crab Feed & White Wines Release Party at Andis - Sat Jan 26

Join Andis Wines in the barrel room on January 26th for our 2nd Annual Crab Feed and White Wines Release Party. Be the first to taste brand new releases of our best-selling white wines, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon.  While taking in the mellow sounds of Spanish Guitarist Nicholas Lefler, you’ll enjoy an all-you-can-eat dinner complete with fresh bread, Caesar salad, pasta chuta and fresh Dungeness crab courtesy of Rudy’s Hideaway.  Discover how perfectly our white wines pair with fresh seafood, there’s nothing quite like it!

Tickets: $55/person, $40/wine club members (must login to receive discount online)
RSVP required by Tuesday, January 22nd 2013
Seating is limited.  (209) 245-6177

More Info:
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Contact:  Jenae Plasse

Free Pressure Canning Class - Sat Jan 12

Free Pressure Canning Class: January 12, 2013

Tis the season for soups to keep us warm as the weather cools. A key ingredient in my soups is broth, preferably homemade. I recently spent several days pressure canning broth made from the remains of a holiday turkey. I prefer canned broth over frozen broth to save freezer space and defrosting time.

Why do I use a pressure canner for broth instead of a water bath canner? Because broth is a low- acid food. It’s really all about the chemistry. Safe home food preservation boils down to the correct technique for the acidity level of the food. For instance, foods with a high acidity level present an unfriendly environment to most pathogens, and these foods may be safely canned at the temperatures reached by a water bath canner. However, low-acid foods provide a welcome mat to most pathogens. Because of the friendly conditions for bacterial growth, foods with a low acid level must be canned at a higher temperature to ensure that all the danger of food borne illness has been avoided. Water boils at 212°F. No higher. The temperature must reach 240-250°F for 20 to 100 minutes to eliminate all the pathogens which can grow in low-acid foods.

To reach this temperature, you must use a pressure canner. This handy device allows the home food preserver a great deal more flexibility when canning food. Although many foods qualify for pressure canning, the Master Food Preservers of Amador County recommend that you follow directions exactly. Never can vegetables or meats for which you do not have a research-tested processing time. Canning time is dependent upon many factors; the amount of starch, tightness of the packed food, microorganisms which contaminate and grow in that type of food, type and size of pieces packed in the container, and the temperature at which the food is processed.

Learn how to use a pressure canner properly at the free public education class offered by the Master Food Preservers on Saturday, January 12 at the Amador County UCCE office in Jackson from 10:00 a.m. to noon. MFP volunteers will demonstrate how to use a pressure canner and will be happy to answer any questions about pressure canning or home food preservation. Detailed written instructions on the use of pressure canners will be available.

Gauges on older pressure canners and some newer models as well may not be calibrated correctly. The Master Food Preservers offer a free pressure canner testing service. Call the office at (209) 223-6857 for more information about the service.

For questions about safe home food preservation, or to schedule a speaker for organizations or clubs on the topics of food safety or food preservation, call the Master Food Preservers at (209) 223-6857. For more information, be sure to go to the Master Food Preserver website at Sign up to receive our Master Food Preservers E-Newsletter at

Sue Mosbacher
Amador/Calaveras County Master Food Preservers

Friday, December 7, 2012

Christmas Delights at Deaver - Dec 8 & 9

Christmas Delights at Deaver
December 8th & 9th, Saturday and Sunday, 10:30am - 5pm
Look no further for unique wine gift ideas.  Join Deaver as we sample gourmet delicacies and scrumptious wines to help you plan for your holiday parties and gifts.  Get your shopping done early!  Consider a two pack of Deaver wine as a delightful family or corporate gift.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

CLASS: Holiday Desserts - Mon Dec 17

When: Monday, December 17th Time: 5:30-7:30pm
Where: Amador High School Culinary Room Cost: $35
Each student will make their own fudge and peppermint bark to take home for the holidays!
12 Spaces Available. Pre-registration required.

The perfect Christmas gift that keeps on giving! If you would like to purchase this class as a gift for someone, we will give you a festive printed out voucher to present to them

For more information call the ACRA Office at (209) 223-6349 and ask for Jessie or email

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Gold Country Wine Tours - Gift Certificates for wine lovers!

Christmas is just around the corner! We are selling Gold Country Wine Tours Gift Certificates at just
$85.00/person to those folks looking for a totally unique and fun gift idea for that special someone, family, friends, co-workers, etc...especially those wine lovers!

A great gift idea for birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions!

*Must be at least 21 years of age to redeem gift certificates!

Cathy Patrenos
Gold Country Wine Tours
P.O. Box 1570
Sutter Creek, Ca. 95685
(877)534-4949 or (209)267-8030

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Andis "Big Reds" Release Party & Redneck BBQ Bash 0- Sat Nov 3

Saturday, November 3rd, 2012
5:30pm – 8:00pm

Git yerselves on over to Andis Wines in Amador County for a redneck BBQ bash like no other, with new big red wine releases, toe-tappin' live music, and a feast of finger-lickin' good food. You’ll taste the new 2010 Andis Wines Meritage and the 2010 Andis Wines Reserve Petite Sirah, along with our other great Amador County wines. Make sure you wash your hands before dinner because no utensils will be allowed! Feast on sweet potato fries, Caesar salad cups, corn bread, baby back ribs, BBQ chicken, and rat toes (never heard of rat toes? Look ‘em up, they’re dee-licious!).  Wine club members can pick up their club shipments and everyone will get the opportunity for special wine discounts. It'll be a hootin' and hollerin' great time y'all won't wanna miss!
Tickets: $49/person, $29/wine club members. (members must log in to our website to receive their discount) Includes dinner, music, wine tasting and commemorative wine glass.
RSVP required by Wednesday, October 31st. (209) 245-6177
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Friday, October 19, 2012

Deaver Ports on Parade - Sat Nov 10

Deaver Ports on Parade
Saturday, November 10th at 2pm – 5pm

Relax and enjoy the sounds of live Latin jazz soloist Xavier Altimiras from Good Day Sacramento or grab a hand rolled cigar from Casillas Cigars and escape to the special smoking area, designed just for you.

This year the beautiful, Deaver Riedel port glass is yours to take home and add to your collection.

Deaver's port events sell out every year so buy your tickets today! Space is limited to 200 people.

Tickets on sale now!
$18 per person general admission*
$12 per person wine club (limit 2 per membership at discounted price)*
FREE to Deaver port club/port option members (limit 2 free tickets per membership but you MUST reserve your tickets)

Purchase tickets here or call us at 209-245-4099 to reserve your spot before we sell out.

Deaver wine club and port club members: To receive your discounted tickets online, you MUST log-in to your online account. For club members, use coupon code WineParade. Port club and port option members, use coupon code PortLover.

*Ticket prices increase $5/person after November 7th so don't wait!

Come try our new Tawny port!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Events at Deaver: Thanksgiving Dinner & Ports on Parade!

October 16th

Thanksgiving Dinner-This Saturday!              

Dine with the Deavers and Support the Interfaith Food Bank
October 20th 5pm-8pm
Join the Deaver family and staff for a complete Thanksgiving meal  under the stars.
Taste, enjoy and purchase NEW wine releases to accompany your own holiday 
celebration. Fun activities with great door prizes make this an event you don't want to miss. 
Dinner prepared by Off the Vine Catering to include: turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, 
gravy, greens beans, salad, bread, cranberry and pumpkin pie.
Support the Interfaith Food Bank by bringing a can or two or twelve of food. 
The Deavers will give 5% of the evenings proceeds and $10 per new club membership
to the food bank.

Tickets available here.

Ports on Parade  

November 10th: 2pm - 5pm

Delight in EIGHT of our one-of-a kind ports, each paired with a sweet or savory item.
 Live Latin Jazz Soloist will be playing for your enjoyment as you taste and enjoy your 
Deaver experience.  

Casillas Cigars will be onsite hand rolling cigars. Grab a cigar and experience your 
ports in a special smoking area, designed just for you. 

Pre-sale tickets:
$18/person general admission*
$12/person wine club (2 per membership)*
FREE port club/port option (2 per membership)

Tickets on sale now.
Purchase tickets here, call us at 209-245-4099 or email us.

 Wine Club and Port Club Members: To receive your discounted tickets online,
you MUST log-in to your online account. For club members, use coupon code WineParade.
Port club and port option members, use coupon code PortLover.

*Ticket prices increase $5/person after November 7th.

Wine Vine Line

Low Wines ALERT!

2008 Signature Zinfandel has entered the library. With 3 cases left this delectable
wine is no longer eligible for discounts. Stock up before this wine is gone; snatch up a
bottle or two for a gift or just for your own personal stash.

2008 Amador County Zinfandel will soon be joining the Signature Zinfandel in the library.
At just 8 cases left, this wine is sure to be gone before the holiday season arrives.
Start your shopping early with a purchase of this Double Gold medal heaven.

Harvest Update
Following the action packed Big Crush weekend, grapes were just right for the picking bringing us
into full blown harvest. From the first rays of light to well into the afternoon, crews are out picking
more than 40 tons of grapes daily. The first round of picking took place in our well known
 Henry's House and Primitivovineyards, but there are many more thick with this year's crop.

Art Council's Annual Winefest held in Sutter Creek on Saturday November 10

Annual Winefest November 10 in Sutter Creek’s Shops and Auditorium

The 15th annual Winefest in Sutter Creek, sponsored by AmadorArts, offers new features for guests to enjoy while they partake in the popular walk-about wine-tasting event. On Saturday, November 10, from 4:30 to 8:00 pm, plan to visit first the Sutter Creek Auditorium and then, the town’s historic Main Street shops to taste 25 Amador wines and nibble appetizers. Return to the Auditorium for the Winefest Grand Finale, which will present live music, desserts and dessert wines, a fabulous Silent Auction of wine, art, event packages, and the Mystery Wine Grab.

Can’t find the Sutter Creek Auditorium at 18 Main at 4:30 pm to check in? Look for the decorated entrance which will make guests feel like celebrities at the Oscars.  Once inside, many stations will be open to pick up your Winefest 2012 Map wristband, and commemorative wine glass. Take a look at the many enticing silent auction items and start bidding. Then begin your journey walking up and down the three blocks of historic Main Street visiting 25 shops which each will be offering tastings of a different fine Amador County winery.

Your ticket includes your return to the auditorium about 6:45 pm where live music by the Tri-Tone Subs - Barry Duncan and Joe Bellamy - will beckon you inside to indulge in desserts by Taste Restaurant, Andrae’s Bakery, The Chocolate Lady, and by Ingrid Fraser Elegant Cakes and Fine Desserts. Tastings of dessert wines will be available from Karmere, Spinetta, and Sonora Port Works.  Finalize your bids in the silent auction, which will include wine from over 30 wineries and art by many of Amador County’s most talented artists, Howard Reese, Kam Merzlak, Julie Trail, Sharon Galligan, to name just a few. Other auction items will be special packages such as visits in Sacramento, Volcano, Tahoe, a private band performance, an elegant cocktail party for 20 in a unique home setting, theatre tickets, and much more.

New this year in the auditorium will be the Mystery Wine Grab. All wines will have a retail value of at least $20, with many valued at more. The bottles will be hidden in plain white bags; you pick one, pay $20, and take it home.

To help keep the event a pleasurable experience, only 350 tickets will be sold to this always-popular Winefest that draws from all over northern California. Advance tickets are $25 each, or $30 the day of the event at the auditorium starting at 4:30 pm. By using a credit card through your tickets can be printed at home to save time at the auditorium’s check-in. Or, there also will be Will Call or ticket purchasing in the auditorium.  These locations are selling tickets now: in Sutter Creek at the Sutter Creek Wine Tasting Shop; in Ione at Clark’s Corner; in Pine Grove at Up Country Hardware; in Jackson at the Amador Chamber of Commerce, 115 Main St.; and in Plymouth, at Dr. Curry’s dental office.

Your support of the 15th annual Winefest provides much-needed funds for arts in education in local schools. AmadorArts is a non-profit organization that has been serving the county for 30 years.

Visit or phone 209-223-9038.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Thanksgiving Dinner this Saturday at Deaver

Thanksgiving Dinner-This Saturday!              
Dine with the Deavers and Support the Interfaith Food Bank
October 20th 5pm-8pm

Join the Deaver family and staff for a complete Thanksgiving meal under the stars. Taste, enjoy and purchase NEW wine releases to accompany your own holiday celebration. Fun activities with great door prizes make this an event you don't want to miss.

Dinner prepared by Off the Vine Catering to include: turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, greens beans, salad, bread, cranberry and pumpkin pie.

Support the Interfaith Food Bank by bringing a can or two or twelve of food. The Deavers will give 5% of the evenings proceeds and $10 per new club membership to the food bank.

Holiday Pie Making - Tues Nov 13

Holiday Pie Making!
Go to: for more infomation!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Gold Country Wine Tours Gift Certificat​es Available

We are now selling Gold Country Wine Tours Gift Certificates at just $ 85.00/person to those folks looking for a totally unique and fun gift idea for that special someone, family, friends, co-workers, etc.

This is an especially great gift for wine lovers. The Gift Certificates make great gifts for birthdays, anniversaries and yes, even Christmas. Pretend I didn't just say Christmas.

Just saying. . . yes, it is just around the corner. . . Call for details!

Must be at least 21 years of age to redeem gift certificates.

Cathy Patrenos
Gold Country Wine Tours
(877) 534-4949 or (209) 267-8030

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Bray Vineyards Newsletter - October 2012

October 2012
In the Vineyard: As farmers, grape growers are by nature optimists and that optimism was rewarded this year with a normal crop. Now normal might not be a word to get you excited, but after two very abnormal growing seasons, normal is a great place to be in the Shenandoah Valley. Last winter provided adequate amounts of rainfall and this spring there were no unusual weather events during bud break and pollination. The summer was typical of a Mediterranean climate. As a result, the grapes ripened evenly and harvest times are coming in just about where one would expect them to occur. The grapes look and taste good at this point, but until picked, crushed, fermented, and aged in the barrel, it would be premature to call this a great year. However, an optimist might say that you can’t make great wines without great grapes, and this year we’re off to a good start. 
Around the Winery: The fall crush is slowly gathering momentum. The Verdehlo and Viognier have already been picked, fermented and are safely ensconced in stainless steel for aging. Both of those grapes came in at slightly higher than normal volumes, but compared to last year, that amounted to a significant difference. In 2011, Bray Vineyards harvested a scant 2 tons of Verdehlo but picked almost 9 tons in 2012. This increase in volume makes those of us who love the wines of that luscious Portuguese grape very happy. The white varietals are typically the first to come in but there were two reds that joined the early ripening parade. One of those is our Sangioveto clone of Sangiovese. Intended for blending with the Zinfandel in our Brayzin Hussy Red, it needs to be picked with just the right amount of mouth watering acidity to match up with the rich fruit of the Zinfandel. The other grape that we picked early is Syrah. Unlike other reds that can be partially manipulated at harvest, once Syrah reaches it’s peak ripeness and the clusters begin to raisin, the process is irreversible and they must be picked.
Upcoming Events: Don’t forget the Amador Vintners’ Association Big Crush celebration on October 6th & 7th. You can visit the Amador Vintners Website for all the specific event details. At Bray Vineyards we’re planning a special barrel tasting with a side-by-side comparison of the just-fermented 2012 Syrah with the not-yet-bottled 2010 Syrah. Don’t miss this opportunity to see how the sensory profile of this big red changes with oak aging. Also on the menu is live music with Steve Waranietz on accordion and keyboard, and Eric Burns will be preparing his famous “three-way chili”. We are looking forward to your visit!

Trivia: In the last couple of trivia sections we’ve discussed how the different structural components of wine are changed by the aging process. This month we’ll finish our series on aging by discussing aroma, which for most tasters is the dominant characteristic of wine. However, before we tackle aging let’s consider a few general concepts associated with the sense of smell.
Wine tasting is, at its most fundamental, wine smelling. After all, there are only 4 sensations of tastes detectable by the tongue: sweet, sour, bitter and salty (5 if you include the unami which is sometimes defined as savory-like). Of course no one brags about a salty wine, so that leaves only three. On the aromatic side however, the experts tell us there are over 10,000 distinct smells detectable by the human olfactory senses. Our epithelial tissues located at the top of our nasal passage have receptor cells that convert chemical signals to electrical messages which are sent to the olfactory bulb in the frontal brain lobe that acts as a filter for the pyriform cortex which in conjunction with our memory determines what it is that we are smelling. Simple enough! The most interesting factoid related to the biology of olfactory perception is that the interaction between the olfactory bulb and pyriform cortex limits our detection of smells to a maximum of 5. In a nutshell, a single individual describing more than 5 distinct aromas in a single wine is most likely engaged in a gross terminological inexactitude.
We all perceive odors differently (Click here to continue reading the Trivia Section)
Our next newsletter will delve into the topic of bottle closures and how they affect the aging process. Remember, if you have a question that is looking for an answer, then E-mail it
Website: is the place to go for additional information on the winery, upcoming events, and past issues of this newsletter. It is also the online store for our current inventory of direct shipment wines, the available library wines, Bray logo clothing, and other winery paraphernalia. If you can’t visit us in beautiful Amador County, then perusing the website is the next best thing.
Tasting Room: Our tasting room is open every day except Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. In October and November, we will be pouring the ’11 Brayzin Hussy Blonde, ’09 Brayzin Hussy Red, ’08 Tres Vinas, ’09 Barbera, ’09 Zinfandel, ’08 Cabernet Sauvignon, and the ’07 Petite Sirah/Zinfandel Port. We also have a new addition, a red table wine, available in a refillable one-liter bottle emblazoned with Bray’s tractor logo. The fall with the grape leaves changing color is a great time for a visit, and we look forward to seeing you soon!

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The Big Crush - This Weekend, October 6-7

Be sure to visit the following wineries this weekend during The Big Crush!
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Closing Soon: Amador County Farmers' Markets

The Farmers’ Market is quickly coming to a close for this year.  Two markets closed just in the past couple of weeks, Sutter Creek Farmers’ Market closed on the 22nd of September and Plymouth Farmers’ Market closed on the 27th of September.

Still open is Jackson Farmers’ Market on Sunday in the Busi Parking Lot – 10:00am – 1:00 pm and Pine Grove Farmers’ Market on Wednesday in the Pine Grove Community Park – 3:00 pm – 6:00pm.  A date has been picked for closing both of these markets, so mark your calendars and take advantage of the remaining goodies being brought to market.


Jackson Farmers’ Market will close Sunday, October 7th
Pine Grove Farmers’ Market will close Wednesday, October 10th

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Save the Date! Winefest 2012 - Sat Nov 10

Avio & The Big Crush - Oct 6-7

Oct. 6th & 7th from 11-5

Wine lovers enamored of the rich, robust wines of Amador County in California’s picturesque Sierra Foothills can soon savor them to their heart’s content.  37 member wineries of the Amador Vintners will host “The Big Crush,” the vintners’ annual Harvest Wine Festival. For two days during the heart of the grape harvest season, Amador aficionados can partake of great wine, food, music and watch harvest in action amidst the scenic beauty of Amador Wine Country. Your ticket entitles you to participate at all of our member winery locations.

Presale tickets are $35 pp Saturday (includes Sunday); Sunday only $25 pp . Designated driver Tickets are $10. Presale tickets will be available until October 2nd. Tickets are $5 more the day of the event. Each ticket includes a commemorative wine glass. Must be 21 to attend.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Mother Lode Harvest Newsletter: Good Food News, Volume 4 Number 39 - September 26, 2012

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Last Plymouth Farmers' Market this Thursday, Sept 27

4 TO 7 PM.


Monday, September 24, 2012

Over the Edge at Bella Grace - Fri Oct 5

Kicking off The Big Crush weekend on Friday October 5, 2012!

Over The Edge

Enjoy BellaGrace wines by the glass or bottle and the music of Over the Edge
Music starts at 6 PM.
Cover: $10.00 ~ Includes all you can eat pizza!
Bring your folding chairs and grab a prime spot early at
73 Main St. in Sutter Creek
More information:  209 267.8053

Thursday, September 20, 2012

It’s Harvest Time at Deaver Vineyards

 The Big Crush – October 6th and 7th, 2012
Pick up your glass at Deaver Vineyards and get a fun, free gift!
Delight in a bear claw and Almond Sparkling in the morning.
Shop before 12:30 and receive 15% off 6 bottles or more. (Excludes ports & library)
Savor unique wine tastings and the legendary baked potato bar!
Unwind on the lakeside lawn and enjoy in the fun n’ funk of 
The Groove Union band on Saturday and Unkl Bean
and Hot Rod Red featuring Barry Duncan on Sunday.
Be sure to mark on the order form that you will be picking up your glass at Deaver.
How does a vineyard get to this step in the wine making process? 
The following illustrates the growth cycle here at Deaver Vineyards. 


Thursday, September 13, 2012

Master Gardeners: "Fall in the Garden" - Sat Oct 13

FREE Class:  Fall in the Garden, October 13th

Join Amador County Master Gardeners on Saturday, October 13 from 9am until noon for a class about Fall in the Garden.

Fall in a wonderful time in the yard and allows a more relaxed pace than the hectic summer season that just ended.  Gotta get those veggies in before the bad heat and after the last cold weather slides through.  Weeding, fertilizing, harvesting, and preserving means lots of intense work in a short period.  But during fall you can operate at a more leisurely pace, and there are some really fun things to do.  Drive around your community and discover where the color is and what’s causing it.  You’ll also need to check the local nursery for colorful fall plants.  Peruse the colorful fall foliage section in your Sunset Western Garden Book located in the front “Plant Finder” or “Guide to Plant Selection.”  If you don’t have these sections, maybe it’s time to buy the latest edition.

The actual fall work schedule does include cleaning up the vegetable garden and preparing it for spring or planting some winter plants.  Digging and dividing spring bulbs and hardy perennials also needs to be done.  But it’s so much fun to give away the extra plants to family and friends.  Or, call the local garden club or Master Gardeners to see if they can use them for their plant sales.  You can also get started on cleaning and storing your yard equipment and tools, too.

We’ll discuss all of these topics and more at this free class being held at the GSA Building, 12200-B Airport Road in Jackson.  For more information contact the Master Gardeners at 223-6838 from 10am to noon, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays or email

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Improving the Regional Food System - Niche Meat Marketing Workshop and Dinner- Mon Sept 17

I hope you are all enjoying these final days of summer as the light fades and the melons, apples and pears ripen.  I am writing to inform you about the Niche Meat Marketing Workshop coming up on the afternoon
of Monday, September 17th.  This is a free workshop open to all.  So if you are a livestock producer, quality meat consumer, chef, restaurant owner or farmer's market goer, this workshop will provide you with
useful insight and information.  What kind of information, the kind we need to make our local and regional food systems more vibrant and robust.
Not only is this workshop free, but it will be followed by a excellent free dinner.  All you need to do is RSVP by this Friday, September 14th. Thanks for your interest in making the Central Sierra Foothills a
healthy and fun place to live!

Sean Krielitich

The Amador Resource Conservation District (ARCD), in collaboration with the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), is hosting a Niche Meat Marketing Workshop on September 17, 2012, from 2:15 to 5:30 p.m.  The workshop will feature Sierra Nevada foothills farmers Dan
Macon (Flying Mule Farm), Dan Port (Winterport Farms), and Sean Kriletich (Paloma Pollinators), and is designed for those interested in becoming local meat producers, or perhaps just learning more about the
behind-the-scenes work of a local farmer.  A free grass-fed beef dinner will be provided to all workshop recipients who RSVP by September 14,
2012 (dinner available for $10.00 per person without RSVP). Workshop attendees are also welcome to stay after dinner and attend the Central Sierra Livestock Processing Committee meeting, where members will discuss the possibility of starting a regional meat processing facility in the area.
The workshop is being held at the Amador County Health and Human Services Building, 10877 Conductor Boulevard, in Sutter Creek, CA.  To RSVP, please send an email to or call 209-223-6543.
1.              2:15 – 2: 25 p.m.       Welcome and introductions - Dan Port, Director, Amador RCD
2.              2:25 – 3:25 p.m.        Raising and Direct Marketing Goats, Sheep, and Mutton - Dan Macon, Flying Mule Ranch
3.              3:25 – 3:35 p.m.        Break
4.              3:35 – 4:05 p.m.        Co-operative Local Marketing - Sean Kriletich, Paloma Pollinators
5.              4:05 – 4:15 p.m.        Break
6.              4:15 – 5:15 p.m.        Raising and Direct Marketing
       Dan Port, Winterport Farm
7.              5:15 – 5:30 p.m.        Questions and Comments From The Audience

Monday, September 10, 2012

Historic National Hotel Package with Gold Country Wine Tours

Following a complete renovation, the historic National Hotel in Jackson is open for business!

The National Hotel is offering  weekend packages to include an exciting and unique Amador County wine tour experience on October 13 & 20, 2012,  through Gold Country Wine Tours!

Check out the National Hotel at .

For more information regarding this package contact Patricia at the National Hotel at (209) 223-0500 or .  Seats are limited!

National Hotel & Gold Country Wine Tours - Open for Business, Oct 13-20

Following a complete renovation, the historic National Hotel in Jackson is open for business! The National Hotel is offering  weekend packages to include an exciting and unique Amador County wine tour experience on October 13 & 20, 2012,  through Gold Country Wine Tours!  Check out the National Hotel at . For more information regarding this package contact Patricia at the National Hotel at (209) 223-0500 or .  Seats are limited!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Deaver Vineyards: Who said no white after Labor Day?

September 14th - 20th: Port Week
Visit the fun Deaver family during this week and get a special sneek peak of our fabulous array of Ports. From the cigar port to the chocolate port stop in and add some to your wine collection. While visiting, make sure to ask about our infamous Ports on Parade to be held November 10th. Keep watching your email as ticket sales begin soon.

The Eclectics: September 21st - 30th
Carig-what? This ever been you? Walk into a tasting room and on the menu you find one or two varietals you haven't heard of? Well, we have some and we are bringing them out this week so you get the opportunity to taste and purchase some of these fabulous wines. From our Carignange to Souzao, stop in and taste these obscure yet delicious varitals. Take home a few bottles and save 10%, just mention this special! To shop online, use coupon code Eclectics.
Wine Club Members: Purchase your eclectic varietals during this week and receive an additional 5% off. To receive your discount, use coupon code EclecticsClub.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Mother Lode Harvest Open House - Sun Sept 30

Come celebrate the autumn harvest and learn how to support local, sustainable agriculture at the Mother Lode Harvest Fall Quarter Open House on Sunday, September 30, from 12 Noon to 4 pm at 1235 Jackson Gate Road in Jackson, behind Teresa's Restaurant. Mother Lode Harvest (MLH) is a local food and farm products association made up of producer members who use sustainable growing practices, and customer members who enjoy access to healthy, local food year-round.

The open house is an opportunity for the public to meet MLH's producer members, talk to them about their growing practices, and sample some of their tasty products. There will also be demonstrations of how to shop on MLH's website, a raffle of produce boxes and logo tote bags, an array of delicious, local-food appetizers, and scarecrow-building for the kids.

This event is free and open to all MLH members, as well as anyone who would like to learn about local foods, the association, and local sustainable farming. Bring a cooler or shopping bags, as produce and other products will be available for purchase. For more information, email, or call 209-419-2503.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Celebrate Labor Day at Deaver Vineyards

Saturday, September 1st 11:30am - 4pm

Bring some blankets, chairs, great friends, grab a spot on the Deaver Green and join us for our annual Labor Day celebration. Groove Union will be jamming outside with great tunes from 11:30-4.

WRP Catering will be heating it up with some mouthwatering food from the grill; from pulled pork sandwiches to blue cheese burgers there is something for everyone, all for under $10. Full menu available here.

Don't forget about the wine! Deaver staff and family will be on hand pouring delicious wines with amazing wine deals.

Can't make it on Saturday? The delicious wine, food and wine specials will still be here on Sunday, September 2nd so stop in and say hello!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Preston Castle Wine Tour - Sat Sept 8

Wine Tasting & Tour
Saturday, September 8, 3 - 6 p.m.
Preston Castle, Palm Drive, Ione
Taste the fine wines of Amador County and tour the historic Preston Castle. Experience the history and feel the sensation of the past. Attendees will sample fine wines, poured by 15 different wineries, from commemorative Preston Castle wine glasses.
Sip a glass of wine, enjoy a variety of gourmet hors d'oeuvres, and listen to live music on the patio and in the Castle. Local favorite Manny Sosa will be playing in the Wine Cellar.
Val Starr & The Blues Rocket, a premier blues and blues rock band, will be playing on stage in the courtyard. They bring a unique style of traditional blues infused with blues songs from rock artists to create an entertaining show for dancing on the floor, dancing in your chair, drinking and listening or just listening and enjoying yourself! Val Starr is a top class vocalist and shares the stage with top notch musicians to create the best in today's California Blues.
You can also wander the public areas of the Castle. Docents will be available to answer your questions.
This has become one of Amador County's premier wine events, and is always a sellout, so get your tickets now!
Participating Wineries:
Amador Cellars, Bella Grace, Bray, Clos du Lac, Drytown, Helwig, Karmere, Nine Gables, Scott Harvey, Sera Fina, Sobon, Tanis, TKC, Vino Noceto, Wine Tree Farm.
Tickets, $35, available at Ione Curves, Clark’s Corner, Celtic Knot in Jackson, or online at

Saturday, August 25, 2012

The Every Day Guide To Wine - Tuesdays Sept 4 - Nov 20

Avio Harvest Party - Sat Sept 1

Great Lunch, Harvest Seminar, and Live Music
Saturday, September 1 from 12 Noon to 4

Avio's piazza again takes center stage as we kickoff the 2012 harvest season. Come for the afternoon, and enjoy the fall vineyard colors as you sip wine from the tasting room.

Lunch Menu:
Grilled tri-tip &  roasted red onion sliders with blue cheese aioli
Fresh Spring Salad
Yummy Chocolate Chip and Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

At 2 p.m Only
Join Stefano for an Instructional seminar: "Harvest 101: From Vine to Wine and Beyond"

Wine club members and 1 guest are free
General admission is $7.50/person.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Motherlode Harvest: "Good Food News" - Aug 7

Click on the link below to view newsletter:

Master Food Preservers - Tuesdays & Saturdays, Aug 11-28

University of California Cooperative Extension Office
Master Food Preservers
311 Fair Lane, Placerville, CA 95667

11 Sat.  10am - noon        Pressure Canning                 Location: UCCE office
14 Tue. 10am – noon        Pressure Canning                 Location: Marshall Grange
18 Sat.  10am – noon        Low Sugar                         
  Location: UCCE office
21 Tue.  10am – noon        Dehydrating & Freezing       Location: Marshall Grange
25. Sat.  10am – noon        Cheese Making                    Location UCCE office
28. Tue.  10am – noon        Low Sugar                         
  Location; Marshall Grange
El Dorado County UCCE office, 311 Fair Lane, Placerville,
Marshall Grange 4940 Marshall Road, Garden Valley.

Should you need assistance or require accommodations for any  physical challenge, please let us know
Thank you for your help in reaching the public.
Claudia Littlejohn MFP 2006.
Questions? Call the Master Food Preservers at (530) 621-5506 (Voice Mail)
MFP e-mail:  
MFP website:htt://

Steiner Road Wineries: Summer Feast! - Sat Aug 11

Monday, July 30, 2012

August Events at Avio

- 2nd Annual Golf Tournament - Aug 19
- Wine Club Family Dinner - Aug 11
- Harvest Party - Sept 1

For more information, visit:

August Events at Bella Grace

- Lilian Borunda & Robert Monteleone in Concert - Aug 3
- SF Chefs Grand Tasting - Aug 5
- CelebraZIN for Wine Club Members - Sept 22 & 23
For more information, visit:

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Upcoming Events at Avio...

Ribbon Cutting - Bistro Bella Cucina, Mon July 30

Chamber Ribbon Cutting at Bistro Bella Cucina
Monday, July 30 at 9AM
250 French Bar Road, Jackson
Come on by to wish Christine French Dalio
a welcome opening morning at her new Bistro Bella Cucina
and stay for breakfast!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Save the Date: 15th Anniversary Party at Dobra Zemjla

August 18 & 19: 15 year Anniversary Party!
Hours: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM both days
Milan & Victoria opened Dobra's gate in August, 1997. Come help us celebrate! Bring your friends & family out for one of the best parties in Amador! Knucklehead will be here rocking it the only way they know how, all the way!