Friday, January 31, 2014

UCCE Master Food Preservers 2014 Volunteer Training Program - Orientation Meeting on Mon Feb 3 in Jackson

UCCE Master Food Preservers 2014 Volunteer Training Program
Amador & Calaveras Counties
March 24 – June 9, 2014

The University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) invites adults interested in helping others learn about safe home food 
preservation to apply to train as a Master Food Preserver (MFP) volunteer. UCCE Master Food Preserver volunteers learn research-based information and then share that knowledge with our communities in Amador and Calaveras counties through public classes, community events, and newsletters. 

Who Can Apply?
Residents of Amador, Calaveras and Tuolumne counties.
Applicants must be available to attend 11 classes on Monday afternoons from 3:30 -7:30 pm, March 24 through June 9, in Jackson and Valley Springs.  There is no class on May 26, 2014.  Only one class may be missed.
Applicants must be comfortable using a computer and accessing the internet.  Quizzes and homework are online; class communication is via email.

How to Apply
Attend one of our orientation meetings to learn about the Master Food Preserver Program, our community involvement, and your participation requirements.  The meetings are Monday, February 3,from 4-5 pm at the UCCE office in Jackson, and Monday, February 10, from 5-6 pm at the Calaveras Senior Center in San Andreas. RSVP for either session with Robin Cleveland at 530-621-5528
Complete and submit the online application at by Friday, February 14.

What We’ll Do
Review applicants. Main criteria for acceptance: 1) prior community service, 2) experience teaching, either by giving presentations, writing, or in one-to-one situations, 3) experience/interest in home food preservation.
Conduct interviews during the last week in February.  We will contact you within a week of the interviews about whether or not you have been accepted into the program. 
A background check, including fingerprinting, is required to become a certified Master Food Preserver.  
Teach you how to preserve food successfully using scientifically researched home processes. Topics include Food Safety, Canning Basics, Canning High and Low Acid Foods, Pickling, Jams & Jellies, Freezing, and Dehydrating.
Provide you with plenty of Volunteer and Continuing Education opportunities.

What You’ll Do If Accepted into the Master Food Preserver Volunteer Training Program
By March 14 pay the $125 course fee. 
Attend the 11 classes. Only one class may be missed and must be completed outside of normal class time with a mentor.
Mail the completed Live Scan form to Robin Cleveland at the above address by April 11, 2014.

What You’ll Do as a Certified Master Food Preserver
Actively participate in the Master Food Preserver program; answer food preservation questions at the county fair, public classes, and other community outreach events.  Help with program activities through internal committees.
Attend monthly MFP meetings in Jackson and Mokelumne Hill as often as possible.
Complete 50 volunteer hours your first year, then 25 volunteer and 12 continuing education hours annually. Take an annual food safety recertification test.

For more information, contact Robin Cleveland at 530-621-5528 or

The University of California Division of Agriculture & Natural Resources (ANR) prohibits discrimination or harassment of any person in any of its programs or activities (Complete nondiscrimination policy statement can be found at  HYPERLINK "  Inquiries regarding ANR’s nondiscrimination policies may be directed to Linda Marie Manton, Affirmative Action Contact, University of California, Davis, Agriculture and Natural Resources, 2801 Second Street, Davis, CA 95618, (530) 750-1318.

Dinner for Two at Clark's Corner - Fri Feb 14

Thursday, January 16, 2014

The latest from Andis Wines

The 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition results are in!
This year showed a record number of 5,825 entries from over 1,500 wineries from over 25 states in America - the largest competition of wines in America.
We think our results are pretty amazing: 

- 2011 Andis Estate Zinfandel, Amador County - $28.00 - DOUBLE GOLD
- 2011 Andis Primitivo, Amador County - $25.00 - GOLD
- 2010 Andis Painted Fields, Amador County - $28.00 - SILVER
- 2011 Andis Mourvedre, Amador County - $28.00 - SILVER
- 2012 Andis Semillon, Dillian Vineyard, Amador County - $19.00 - SILVER

By scoring Gold and above, we're eligible to pour at their public tasting in San Francisco on February 15th and will certainly be there! We hope to see you.
Mark McKenna
Mar 1st & 2nd11-4pm

RED:  2012 Grenache/Syrah

(209) 245-6177

Friday, January 10, 2014

Andis Wines - January 2014

All of us at Andis were thrilled to see our Semillon featured in Corti Brothers' 2013 Holiday Newsletter, now in it's 38th year of publication. It features rare, high quality food items and wines discovered during Mr. Corti's travels and is prized for it's wealth of information.

CLICK HERE to read the newsletter (we're on page 3).

Darrell Corti, whose reputation for an encyclopedic knowledge of food and wines attracts queries from around the world, has been described as "the man who knows more about food and wine than anyone else in the world". Quite a statement!
We truly appreciate the incredible support Corti Brothers has given Andis Wines from our very beginning and value the input we receive from Mr. Corti and his incredible staff.

For more information on Mr. Corti, CLICK HERE.
Jan 25th, 5:30-8:30pm
Mar 1st & 2nd11-4pm

RED:  2012 Grenache/Syrah

(209) 245-6177

Thursday, January 9, 2014

The Deaver Dish - January 2014

Deaver Vineyards
January 2014 Newsletter
What's in this Issue
*Sneak Peek on upcoming events
*Wine Vine Line-Low Inventory
*Vine Update

Happy New Year!!!
We hope everyone had a great holiday season and rang in the New Year with family and friends. Our 2014 resolution is to continue to provide you, our loyal customers, with exceptional wine for every occasion, great customer service and fun getaways. We look forward to seeing everyone in 2014. Let us know how we are doing by telling us in person, by email ( or by phone (209-245-4099).
Raise your glass and cheers to a great 2014!
Upcoming Events!
Saturday-January 18, 2014 "Wine & Spoon"

Start on Steiner for "Wine & Spoon!" Passports are complimentary with the purchase of one bottle of wine at any of the 9 participating wineries from 11am-4pm. Enjoy new releases, Amador classics and spoonfuls of delicious seasonal food pairings, while completing your passport by visiting five (5) of the nine (9) participating wineries for a chance to win two (2) tickets to Behind the Cellar Door 2014! 

Saturday-February 15, 2014 Passion for Ports 

Sample SIX of our luscious Ports from our coveted Golden Nectar Port to a crowd favorite Merlot Port at the Port Event of the season. Savor each taste with a luscious treat from chocolate covered strawberries to chocolate covered blueberries and more. Take home a Riedel Port glass to enjoy your new favorite Deaver Port.
This is a perfect Valentine get-a-way that will surprise that special someone.
Casillas Cigars from Sacramento will be rolling cigars on-site for our Deaver Port and cigar fans.
Wine Club Members Special Pricing:
Club Members: Purchase two tickets for $12 each (Originally $18.00). Coupon Code Passion14
Port Club and Port Option Members: Receive two tickets FREE. Coupon Code PortPassion14
*You must log-in to your online account to receive this special offer.

Click here to purchase now! Passion for Ports tickets
Tickets are non-refundable.

Wine Vine Line
We are sad to announce that we are almost sold out of our 2009 Ten Zins2008 Old Vine 1867 Zinfandel2009 Signature ZinfandelSyrah Port & 2011 Viognier. Stop in and grab them before they are gone! Not able to make it? Don't worry! We will ship them to you or click "pick up at tasting room" and we will hold them for you! 
Shop at Deaver Online
Vine Update:
How are the vines doing? The vines are enjoying their rest during the winter season. Within a few weeks, we will begin pruning, preparing them for a bountiful and successful 2014. 
Here's to a safe, prosperous & wine-filled 2014!