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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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