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

Click on the link below to view newsletter:

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.