Tuesday, May 28, 2013

More great Barbera Festival events - No Barbera Festival ticket needed

Borjon Winery
11270 Shenandoah Rd
Plymouth, CA
Saturday, June 8th • 11:00am to 5:00 pm
Futuros a Borjon

Here at Borjón Winery on the day of the Barbera Festival (June 8, 2013) we will have Barrel Tastings & Futuros (futures) of our 2012 Barbera Reposado and our 2012 Barbera Reserva. We will also have free chips and home made salsa prepared by our Mother Nora Borjón.
Chateau Routon
2700 Omo Ranch Road
Fair Play, CA
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, June 7th, 8th, and 9th • 11:00am to 5:00 pm
At Chateau Routon you are invited to join us on the cool and shaded Grand Deck, with views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. You may bring your picnic lunch and taste the wines and ports which we will be serving, along with our delicious "port sundaes" and cheese cake- topped with strawberries and port. We will also have a sale on our estate grown barbera.
Cooper Vineyards
21365 Shenandoah School Rd
Plymouth, CA
Sunday, June 9th • 11am to 4:45pm, with special signing 12pm-2pm
Meet Dick Cooper, the Godfather of Barbera
You've seen the ranch, now visit the tasting room! Taste Barbera and our nine other varietals. Meet Dick Cooper and get your bottle signed (12pm-2pm).
Crystal Basin Cellars
3550 Carson Rd
Camino, CA
Saturday June 8th • 11:00am to 5:00pm
Reggae and Red Wine! 2011 Barbera Public Release Party
Join us on Saturday, June 8th for a fun day tasting all of our newly-bottled 2011 vintage wines before we put them away to bottle age. The day starts at 11am and goes to 5pm at the winery. At 4:30, local Rastamerican band Late for Dinner will provide the beat to start the evening as the celebration moves to the Crystal Basin Bistro next door to the winery.
Tasting is Free – Drinking is $5
Dobra Zemlja Winery
12505 Steiner Rd
Plymouth CA 95669

Friday-Sunday, June 7th-9th
We will be barrel tasting our 2011 Barbera on June 7-9th, 2013, and sampling cheese pairings. Additionally, we'll be offering 10% off 1/2 cases of our 2010 Barbera and 20% off full cases. Wine club members will receive an additional 5% off on top of their normal discount.
Ehrenberg Cellars
2301 Monarch St
Alameda CA 94501
Sunday, June 9th • 1:00pm to 5:00 pm
Barbera by the Bay
In celebration of all things Barbera, three wineries will be pouring Barbera wine. Throw in some food, music and barrel tasting and you have yourself a memorable afternoon. The price is only $5 at the door of each venue, free to wine club members.
At the Alameda Vintner's Club, in Alameda, award winning wine maker, Chris Ehrenberg will be pouring his 2010 Amador Co. 2010 Barbera. Just in time for summer is his "Just Now Released" 2010 Barbera from Amador County. It has a light ruby color with a great bouquet of dried fruits and hints of cherry and raspberry tastes. 16 months in French and American oak. It Has become a quick favorite already at pre-release tastings. Very limited at only 65 cases!
Helwig Winery
11555 Shenandoah Rd
Plymouth CA
Friday, June 7th • 4:00pm to 7:00 pm
Oysters, Bubbles & Barbera Dinner
Please join us and celebrate the kick off to the Barbera Festival! Live music and festivities will begin at 4:00pm with fresh raw and BBQ oysters provided by The Oyster Girls from Tomales Bay. Come and take in the stunning views of the Shenandoah Valley while enjoying delicious local oysters and Helwig wine.
Space is limited - $55 per person, advance purchase only. Click here to purchase tickets.
For more information, please contact Jennifer Hunt atJennifer@helwigwinery.com.
Old Creek Ranch
10024 Old Creek Rd
Ventura, CA
Saturday, June 8th and Sunday, June 9th11:00am to 5:00pm
Barbera in the Barrel and Food Pairing
Old Creek Ranch Winery will be releasing their 2010 Barbera. Located between Los Angeles and Santa Barbera, the winery focus is Spanish and Italian wines, all of which have Gold and above awards, plus 90 point reviews.
Renwood Winery
12225 Steiner Rd
Plymouth, CA
Saturday, June 8th • 6pm to 9pm
Barbera Festival Winemaker Dinner with Darrell Corti
Multi-course paired dinner featuring 3 Barberas, $75 per person
Celebrated throughout the local wine world, and throughout wineries in Europe, Darrell Corti is renowned for his knowledge and passion for food and wine. In celebration of Barbera and Darrell Corti’s pivotal part in bringing the variety to the region, Renwood is offering a Barbera-themed dinner.
The evening begins with a “Meet and Greet” with Darrell Corti and winemaker Dave Crippin. The multi-course dinner features three Barberas paired with cuisine native to its place or origin, including two Barberas from Italy, specially selected by Darrell Corti. Seating is very limited. CLICK HERE for tickets.
Scott Harvey Wines
79 Main St
Sutter Creek, CA
Saturday and Sunday, June 8th and 9thnoon to 4pm
Scott Harvey opens his Reserve Barbera library for the entire weekend! This special library tasting is comprised of his Old World Style 2007, 2008 & 2009 J&S Reserve Barbera.
Library tasting $20, $10 for Wine Club members.
Find us at the Barbera Festival and we'll give you a coupon worth $5 off the tasting and 20% discount on any Barbera purchase.
Spend some time in our library and see why Mike Dunne of the Sacramento Bee says Scott’s 2007 Reserve Barbera will be the first one emptied at a dinner party!

Sera Fina Cellars
17000 Latrobe Rd
Plymouth CA 95669
Saturday and Sunday, June 9th and 10th
Join us at Sera Fina Cellars, or at our Family Tasting Room, CINQUE in Sutter Creek as we release our 2010 Sera Fina Cellars Barbera. And, don't miss out on tasting our newly released 2009 Barrel Select "BS" Barbera." Visit with our friendly, knowledgeable staff in our spacious tasting room, or bring a picnic and enjoy the view from our patio. Relax...You're at Sera Fina!
Sobon Estate
14430 Shenandoah Road
Plymouth CA 95669
Sunday, June 9th • 11am to 4pm
Barbera Appreciation Day at Sobon Estate
Come enjoy Barbera tastings of current & library vintages
-Espressos, edibles and Barbera inspired desserts
-$5.00 admission includes souvenir glass and Barbera festivities; however if guests bring their Barbera Festival glass from any of the past three years, there will be no charge
Terra d' Oro/Montevina Wineries
20680 Shenandoah School Road
Plymouth, Ca
Friday, June 7th through Sunday, June 9th
Vertical Tasting at Terra d'Oro
*20% off of all of our Barbera's-current and library selections *Vertical tasting of our Barbera from the early 90's *Big bottle Barbera tasting *Barbera barrel tasting from 2012 *Gourmet food "nibbles" will be offered throughout the weekend- Watch out, Chocolate may be involved......
We will hand out our "Baron of Barbera" passes at the festival. This pass will be your special ticket to all of the goodies for this weekend. Those who show up at our tasting room on Friday, will just need to show proof of purchase for these exclusive offerings!
Urban Legend
621 4th St
Oakland, CA
Sunday, June 9th • 1:00pm to 5:00 pm
Barbera by the Bay
In celebration of all things Barbera, three wineries will be pouring Barbera wine. Throw in some food, music and barrel tasting and you have yourself a memorable afternoon. The price is only $5 at the door of each venue, free to wine club members.
Villa Toscano Winery and Bella Piazza Winery
10600 Shenandoah Rd
19900 Shenandoah School Rd
Plymouth CA
Saturday and Sunday, June 8th and 9th10:30am to 5:30pm
Villa Toscano and Bella Piazza Wineries will be featuring Barrel tasting of our Villa Toscano 2011 Barbera Futures at both locations. We will also feature a unique “Barberrie” dessert in our Bistro.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Andis Wines Update - May 24, 2013

Our First Chenin Blanc: 91 Points!
Andis Wines 2012 Chenin Blanc, Clarksburg
In 2012 we embarked on a quest to create yet another delicious white wine, but this time with a little something "extra". Mark was able to get his hands on some lovely Chenin Blanc grapes from Herzog Vineyard in Clarksburg so he figured why not?
As one of the world's most widely planted and versatile grape varieties, Chenin Blanc was once wildly popular in California and for good reason! It's been used to make everything from Sparkling wines to well-balanced dessert wines.
Our inaugural 2012 Chenin Blanc is ultra delicious and an incredible example of how this grape thrives here. Highly expressive aromas of white roses and orange peel introduce a softly textured wine hinting of honey, cream and lemon tea. Slightly sweet and wickedly tasty, it has just garnered Andis another 91 point score from Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Not a bad first go-around, eh?
Best enjoyed in a lawn chair by the pool with a pair of sunglasses.
Only 261 cases produced


Other great wines you don't want to miss
2010 Estate Zinfandel - 90 points, Wine Spectator
2010 Painted Fields - SILVER, Sunset Magazine
2011 Barbera - 90 points, Wine Enthusiast / SILVER, Sunset Magazine
2011 Indian Creek Primitivo - 90 points, Wine Enthusiast
2011 Grenache - 90 points, Wine Enthusiast
Upcoming Events
at The Winery

June 8-9th: 11am-4:30pm


June 16th, 2013

June 22nd, 2013, 6 - 9pm

Upcoming Events
in Sutter Creek

Salute Barbera

Sat, June 8th: Noon-7pm

Offsite Events
Sat, June 8th: 11am-4pm

What's On Tap
WHITE: Chardonnay/Viognier

RED:  2012 Zinfandel

Memorial Weekend Wine Specials
2012 Rose - $12/btl (30% off)
this weekend only!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Amador Vintner's Association: Memorial Day Weekend Events

May 24th; 6-9pm
73 Main, Sutter Creek
Jesse Hendricks who has played music for over 20 years is a self-taught master of the Spanish guitar and is returning to BellaGrace May 24th. Jesse writes on his website ... "I have always loved the sound of the nylon string guitar accompanied by the sounds of the flamenco music. There are so many great artists who have perpetuated this genre over the past 20 years, I can think of several influential artists who have inspired me to study this fine music. Jesse Cook, Ottmar Liebert, Govi, Strunz & Farah, Shanin & Shepir, Lara & Reyes and Gypsy Kings quickly come to mind. To bring this wonderful music to life in a live setting is truly one of the greatest moments for me. Bring your lawn chair or blanket and enjoy Jesse's music and endless pizza from Pizza Plus. A $15 ($10 for club members) event fee is in place for the evening festivities. As always, BellaGrace wines are available by the bottle or glass.

Saturday May 25th 11:00am - 4:00pm
11555 Shenandoah Road, Plymouth
Come help us celebrate our SECOND ANNIVERSARY!As a thank you and in celebration of our second year anniversary,the winery will have live music and waived tasting fees from 11:00am - 4:00pm. Bring a picnic lunch and join us in the pavilion to enjoy live music, good company, and great wine!

Saturday May 25th, 1-4pm.
10525 Bell Road, Plymouth

Memorial Day at Feist Wines
Saturday, May 25 1 pm - 4 pm
14173 Old Highway 49, Amador City
Memorial Day BBQ and Live Music with Tony Feist!Niman Ranch Fearless Frank Hot dogs and all the fixins', $7, $5 City Club members

Memorial Day at Wilderotter VineyardMay 27th
19890 Shenandoah School Road, Plymouth
We'll be grilling up our Signature Cabernet Sliders on the patio.

Muzica & Vino at Borjón Winery
Saturday's May-Sept 6pm-9pm
11270 Shenandoah Road, Plymouth
Muzica and Vino returns for it’s second installment. Enjoy live music, fabulous wine, the gorgeous Amador County sunset and the beautiful landscape of Borjón Winery. We have some serious crowd pleasing musical acts in the line up this year. All of which, our regular guests at this event have already given their undisputed stamp of approval to. We will also have wines by the glass and by the bottle available for purchase on these evenings (Wine Club Member discounts applicable). Never-the-less, these evenings wouldn’t be complete without the Borjón following in attendance. So if you’re within driving distance of our winery or just staying the night in Amador County on a wine tasting excursion, visit our venue on one of these Saturday nights for Muzica & Vino. A $5 cover charge gets you a seat at one of the tables in our event pavilion (FREE entry for Wine Club Members). A food vendor will be on-site most nights so make sure to bring your appetite too!

Jazz Uncorked in Concert at Bella Grace
May 31st; 6-9pm
73 Main, Sutter Creek
Dave Klein and Ollie Camillo have been playing music for their entire life. Their love of jazz and swing brought them together in spring of 2008. Join Jazz Uncorked at BellaGrace in Sutter Creek on May 31st as Dave and Ollie capture the sounds of swing we all love! Bring your lawn chairs and/or blankets and enjoy a fun-filled evening of music and food. Of course award winning BellaGrace wines are available by the bottle or glass. There is a $15 event fee ($10 for wine club members) for the evening.
June 2013

"A Divine Affair" - Sat June 1

A Divine Affair

1 p.m.
Ticket Prices: $20 in advance, $25 day of the event.
Tickets available: On Sale Now
Tickets are on sale now for A Divine Affair at the All-New Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort on Saturday, June 1.

Join us in the Grand Oak Ballroom and on the Garden Terrace at the hotel of Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort from 1pm to 4pm. Wine lovers and foodies alike will enjoy A Divine Affair, a wine and food tasting event. The event features Northern California wineries, specialty food vendors such as olive oil producers, specialty chocolate, cigar tastings, and more. Plus small bites from each of Jackson Rancheria’s five restaurants.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, and are available at the Casino Cage or online at JacksonCasino.com. The day of the event tickets are $25. Must be 21 to attend.

Tickets include a complimentary wine glass and tray, wine tasting, food and entertainment. Enjoy a variety of live entertainment on three stages that includes Latin Magic with Peter Castanon specializing in Oldies, Latin Rock and Old School. Don’t miss our other entertainment, voted Amador County’s favorite local band, Over the Edge and a special unplugged show by Doug Martin, smooth jazz guitarist.
For more details or information on becoming a vendor, please contact the Sales & Special Events Team at (209) 223-8477 or sales@jacksoncasino.com

A portion of the proceeds will benefit of the Amador Council of Tourism (ACT).

Deaver Vineyards Update

May 23rd Newsletter

What's in this Issue

  • Memorial Day Celebration- This Weekend!
  • Vineyard of the Year
  • Wine Vine Line- What to watch for, Vine update

Memorial Day Celebration- This Weekend
Saturday, May 25th

Join us this Saturday as we honor the past, present and future heroes of our nation. Celebrate the lives of these brave men and women with wonderful wine, music and food. Off the Vine Catering returns to Deaver to BBQ mouthwatering tri-tip sandwiches served with a bag of chips, available for $10. Lunches will be hot and ready to enjoy at 11:30. After Dark will be rockin' it from 11:30-3:30. Grab a sandwich, glass of wine and enjoy the music on the Deaver Green. 

Vineyard of the Year!

The California State Fair has announced Deaver Vineyards as the Vineyard of the Year. This prestigious award has come as immense honor to the Deaver family. We are gratified and humbled to be this year recipients and look forward to bringing you many more years of full, delicious fruit that yields some of the best wines in the state.

Wine Vine Line

Upcoming Events:
June 16th: Fishing with your Father For the first time the Deaver family is opening the Deaver ponds for fishing just in time for father's day. Bring the kids for some old fashioned bonding as they enjoy the serenity of the morning while waiting for that first fish to bite. Reservations required.
June 29th: Celebrate America Let Deaver throw the annual 4th of July BBQ for you! From fabulous wine, music, food and sunshine, everything you need for a great celebration is right at Deaver. Bring friends, and family and set-up on the Deaver Green for a day of fun in the sun.
Coming Soon:
Recipe Central: Coming soon to the Deaver website. We are compiling some our favorite recipes to be included on our website for your enjoyment. We are also asking our loyal customers to share their favorite recipes to add to the collection. Email us your favorite recipes with recommended Deaver wine pairing and you may soon find it in our new recipe page.
How are the vines doing?
The vines have begun to grow; filling out into big, beautiful vines creating a spectacular view you don't want to miss. We are hard at work in the vineyards suckering, or removing ground level canes that will not yield grapes. This allows the vine to concentrate nutrients into those canes that will yield the crop of 2013.
Have a question about vines, wine, winemaking, etc? Send us an email, and your question may appear in a future edition of the Deaver Dish.

Visit our website for a complete calendar of events.

Have a great idea for an event? Contact us with your idea or suggestion.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Festa Della Mamma at Avio - Sun May 12

Festa della Mamma 
May 12th, noon to 4
Annual Mother's Day celebration featuring lunch, live music, chocolates for mom, and Champagne and Mimosa's by the glass.  Admission $10/person, $5 for wine club member +1 guest.  RSVP to info@aviowine.com.  More info at www.aviowine.com.

Red, White & Bubbly
July 6th & 7th, noon to 4
Our wines may have Italian names, but our 4th of July weekend celebration is all American.  Hot dogs, salads and great wine.  Free American Flag lapel pins with each purchase.  More info at www.aviowine.com


Trudi Melohn

Avio Vineyards

14520 Ridge Rd.

Sutter Creek CA 95685

209-267-1515 (Winery)

408-412-1354 (Office)

Saturday, May 4, 2013

May means its time for Festa della Mamma at Avio!

Festa della Mamma!
This event is one we truly look forward to because we want to show mamma how much we love and appreciate her!  Plus, the vineyard is turning green, the weather is almost always beautiful (fingers crossed), and we're in the mood to start partying! Come spend the afternoon listening to live music by Bruce Dixon, and enjoying a savory Italian style meal:
  • Roasted Italian Pork Tenderloin
  • Orzo Pasta Salad
  • Field Green Salad with Walnuts
We'll be serving Mimosa's and Champagne by the glass.  Moms will enjoy delicious Italian chocolate candies that pair perfectly with our Absolution Zin!

 Date: May 12th
 Time: 12-4
 Where: The Avio Piazza

Cost: $10.00/person.
$5/person for Bacchanalia Member +1 guest
Click here to RSVP
Forks & Corks
Benefiting American River College Cullinary Program
May 18th, 4-8 p.m.
Forks & Corks will showcase the wine varieties produced in Amador County with cuisine from some of Sacramento and Amador County’s best restaurants. Other activities include food and wine demonstrations, raffle, and music. Students from American River College’s Culinary program will be the centerpiece of the event.

Avio is proud to participate in Forks & Corks and the future culinary talent of our region. We invite you to support this program by joining us at the event.

Tickets are $75.00 and can be purchased online
Nearby Events in May
Here are some great reasons to visit Amador County in May.  Don't forget to save some time for a stop at Avio!
Recipes for Wine Lovers
Roasted Italian Pork Tenderloin
Featured at "Festa della Mamma"
Serve with Avio's 2009 Barbera
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup fresh rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons fine sea salt
  • 1 (4 1/2- to 5-lb) rib section center-cut pork loin, boned, meat reassembled with bones, and tied by butcher
Mince together garlic and rosemary. Stir together with sea salt in a small bowl and season with pepper. Rub 1 tablespoon garlic mixture all over pork. Beginning at 1 end of loin, make a 3/4-inch slit with a long thin knife through center of loin to other end. Stuff slit with remaining garlic mixture, pushing it through with handle of a long wooden spoon. Marinate at room temperature 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Put loin, fat side up, on a rack in a roasting pan and roast in middle of oven until an instant-read thermometer inserted diagonally at least 2 inches into meat registers 155°F, about 2 hours. Let pork stand, loosely covered, 20 minutes.
Discard string. Separate loin from bones and cut meat crosswise into 3/4-inch-thick slices. If desired, serve bones cut into ribs.
Note: ·Roast may be rubbed and stuffed with garlic mixture 1 day ahead and chilled, covered. Bring to room temperature before roasting.
Avio Vineyards
Phone: 209-267-1515  /  Email: info@aviowine.com  /  Website: http://www.aviowine.com