Friday, March 29, 2013

RECIPE: Chicken, "Cooper Style"

Amador Community News thanks Cooper Vineyards for being a loyal supporting advertiser!
Check out this recipe (and their Port Style Brownies!) online at:

Chicken Recipe: Cooper Style 

Brown Chicken in ½ c. olive oil.
Clean pan after two times of cooking.
Add chicken to Dutch oven when brown. Add:

1 cup chicken stock
½ cup white wine
1 teaspoon green peppercorns
1 tablespoon peppers
1 tablespoon capers
1/3 cup dried tomatoes
1/3 cup Italian seasoning

Top with 10-12 baguette size celery about 3’’ long.

Put lid on Dutch oven and set on edge of hot BBQ, to maintain a soft boil, and finish cooking.
Chicken is done at thermometer 170 to 175 degrees.

Set Dutch oven on BBQ to finish cooking. Check with thermometer 35 to 45min.

To serve we remove chicken from Dutch oven and cut into ½ strips length wise. Arrange in the serving pan and ladle sauce and celery over chicken.

Gold Country Wine Tours offers Barbera Festival Transportation

Held at Cooper Ranch in beautiful Shenandoah Valley, this wine festival is in its third year, and celebrates the Italian grape varietal Barbera.  This is a perfect day for any wine lover.  Unfortunately, this event is sold out! However, if you were lucky enough to score some tickets to this fantastic event then have Gold Country Wine Tours safely pick you up at any of our pick-up locations (Volcano excluded) in our comfortable 14 passenger shuttle bus.  We will deliver you safely to the festival and then return you to your lodging in Amador County. Sutter Hill Transit Center in Sutter Creek also available for pick-up/drop-off. The price is  only $25.00/seat roundtrip.

Only one departure from Jackson Rancheria at 10:10 a.m.; Jackson at 10:20 a.m.; Sutter Hill Transit in Sutter Creek at 10:30 a.m; Sutter Creek at 10:35 a.m.; Amador City at 10:45 a.m; and from Plymouth at 10:55 a.m. Times are an approximation and may vary depending on where pick-ups are made. Only one departure after the Barbera Festival at 4:10 p.m. Call to reserve your seat now!  For more information on this event check out the official Barbera featival website at . Also read our Blog about this great event last year at

Cathy Patrenos
Gold Country Wine Tours
P.O. Box 1570
Sutter Creek, Ca. 95685

Monday, March 25, 2013

Deaver Vineyard’s Calendar of Events


Sunday, March 31st- Easter
Wishing you could be a kid again??  Then come to Deaver Vineyards this Easter, March 31st for our spin on the classic Easter Egg Hunt. Guess the secret wine and find out if you are the lucky winner of 40% off your wine purchase!  Open 10:30am - 5pm; contact us at 209-245-4099 with any questions.



Saturday, April 13th- Zins on the Horizon
Can you pick out your favorite Zinfandel? Blind taste some of the best Zinfandels in Amador County on the Deaver green. Learn about the extensive history of the Deaver family and vines in this intimate seminar. Relax and enjoy the variety of Zinfandels Deaver has to offer. Seating is limited so purchase your tickets today.
Saturday, April 27th- Steiner Road Spring Fling
Join Deaver and the Steiner Road Wineries as we celebrate Spring. Grab your passport from Deaver and enjoy the rocking tunes of Crystal Image while you taste a variety of pizza bites. Sample some the oldest Deaver Vintages as we break open our library section for your enjoyment. Take exclusive discounts off your purchase of all library wines. Visit and have your passport stamped at 5 Steiner Road Wineries for a chance to win 2 tickets to the sold out Barbera Festival.


Sunday, May 5th- Cinco de Wino
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Deaver. Special discounts on Spanish varietals. Wine Club Members: Sample your new releases and enjoy special discounts on our Taco bar.
Sunday, May 13th- Mother's Day at Deaver
Purchase picnic lunches from Deaver and treat your mom to a relaxing day lakeside.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Steiner Road Wineries: "Enjoy All That is Spring " - Sat Apr 27

Enjoy All That Is Spring With the Steiner Road Wineries
Sat., April 27, 2013  11am - 4 pm

PLYMOUTH, CA – March 22, 2013 – Everyone is invited to Enjoy All That is Spring with the Wineries of Steiner Road.

This FREE Food and Wine event will delight the senses. Guests can stroll through the beautiful grounds of nine wineries, taste a variety of wines, listen to live music, experience all the blooming flowers and enjoy special treats.

Taste some small bites of spring lamb sausage, turkey & vegetable wraps, asparagus bruschetta, apricot pastry wrapped baked brie, wood fired pizza, Italian fare appetizers, tapenade cheese spread & crostini, tri-tip sliders, and artisan cheese & wine parings!

Steiner Road - in the heart of the picturesque Shenandoah Valley, off Highway 16 - is home to many award-winning wineries.  Just 45 minutes from Sacramento and 2 hours from Reno, Tahoe & the Bay Areas, it is an easy day trip to the friendly Amador County Wine Country. 

Visitors also can enter to win two tickets to the sold out Barbera Festival June 8th, 2013 by visiting at least 5 of the 9 participating Steiner Road wineries: Shenandoah Vineyards, Amador Foothill, Bella Grace, Deaver Vineyards, Driven, Dillian, Renwood, Charles Spinetta and Dobra Zemlja.

Steiner Road Wineries, off Shenandoah Road (Hwy. E-16), east of Plymouth, CA, in Amador County.  Questions:  Contact Camille Sobon,  (209) 245-4455,  **