Thursday, May 29, 2014

Amador Vintners: An Evening of Wine, Food & Music - "A Divine Affair" - Sat May 31

"A Divine Affair" Means Amador Wines Will be There!

This Saturday, join us for an evening of Wine, Food & Music at the beautiful Jackson Rancheria!  The 4th Annual "A Divine Affair," partnering with the Amador Vintner's Association, returns for an evening meant to thrill the senses. This event features award winning Amador County wine for you to taste, divine chocolate, flavorful olive oil and cigar tastings and food pairings from Jackson Rancheria highlighting Fondue, Charcuterie and Cheese, Extraordinary Desserts, Amador County's Largest Paella and our special Deep Pit BBQ. We also welcome the New Glory Brewery from Sacramento as the only craft brewery to showcase their selections. Enjoy tasting and experiencing all of Amador County's most enriching flavors at  A Divine Affair.
Entertainment for the evening will be Acoustic Melodies by Manny Sousa in the Hotel Lobby, Amador's Voted "Best Band" Over the Edge on the Garden Terrace and Darin Sexton and Highway 49 as they perform Cl.


Character is a Place... Amador Wine Region.
Just 35 miles east of Sacramento and an easy, 
beautiful drive from Bay Area airports.

The Deaver Dish - Thursday May 29, 2014

Deaver Vineyards

May 29, 2014

As the weather is heating up, so are the specials at Deaver. The Deaver's Blend08 Syrah, and 09 Carignageare all awesome BBQ wines and on special for only $150/case! That's a savings of up to $125. Offer valid online only until May 31st. Want to save on shipping? Not a problem. Simply click "Pick up: at Main Location" to hold your order.


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Monday, May 19, 2014

The Deaver Dish - May 19, 2014

Deaver Vineyards

May 19, 2014

What's In This Issue:

  • Sizzilin' Summer Speicals
  • Memorial Day BBQ- This Weekend
  • Upcoming Events
  • Low Inventory Alert

As the weather is heating up, so are the specials at Deaver. The Deaver's Blend08 Syrah, and 09 Carignageare all awesome BBQ wines and on special for only $150/case! That's a savings of up to $125. Offer valid online only until May 31st. Want to save on shipping? Not a problem. Simply click "Pick up: at Main Location" to hold your order.

Memorial Day BBQ: Saturday May 24th-
 This Weekend!

Spend the day with us on the Deaver Green. Enjoy a hamburger straight from the grill, relax with a bottle of Deaver wine and listen to the great tunes of Electra Road. BBQ offered for under $10 and served from 11:30-3, live music from 12-4.
Upcoming Events
Barbera Festival-The Fab 4: Friday, June 13th- Sunday, June 15th Didn't get your tickets in time for the festival? Not to worry, Deaver has you covered. Stop by all weekend and taste our Fab Four Barberas (09 Barbera, 09 Signature Barbera, Barbera Port, Barby Port).
Wine Club Appreciation BBQ: Saturday, August 2nd 5:30-9:30pm Calling all club members! Let us appreciate you for a night! Delicious food, great music, this is a night you don't want to miss. All we ask is that you let us know you will be joining us and that you have a wonderful time! Reservations begin June 1st
Summer Faire on Steiner: Saturday, August 9th 11-4 Join the 9 wineries of Steiner once again for a day of wine tasting and small bites. Enter to win tickets to the annual Big Crush.
Low Inventory ALERT!
Grab these wines before they are all gone!
2009 Signature Barbera
2009 Henry's House Zinfandel
2010 Signature Petite Sirah


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Saturday, May 17, 2014

UC Foothill Grape Day, June 5: To Highlight Local Research, Vine Water Transport, and Zinfandel

Foothill Grape Day, sponsored and organized by the University of California Cooperative Extension Central Sierra Farm Advisor Lynn Wunderlich, will be held Thursday, June 5 at the Amador County Fairgrounds. This year’s annual grower meeting will focus on current UC foothill research, vine water physiology, an update on Red Blotch disease and will include a special grower/winemaker panel to discuss the challenges and opportunities with growing and vinifying Zinfandel.

Two current foothill research projects will be highlighted: work with UC Davis Plant Pathologist Dr. Doug Gubler and his graduate student Brianna McGuire on using the powdery mildew index; and work with USDA-ARS researchers Ruby Stahel and Dr. Kerri Steenwerth investigating approaches to managing noxious weeds in foothill vineyards. The noxious weed study is a new project in Calaveras County vineyards adjacent to range lands. Yellow starthistle can be a problem in vineyards, due, in part, because some of the most effective herbicides to control it are toxic to grapes and can’t be used. Stahel is mapping the prevalence of weeds in 4 vineyards and documenting the management practices there.

Wunderlich and McGuire will present their work on powdery mildew. “Powdery mildew continues to be the main disease grape growers treat for,” Wunderlich said, “and I’ve been working to secure foothill weather stations that calculate the mildew index and to make the information publicly available on UCIPM”.

“The foothills pose a challenge due to our wide range of growing elevations, slopes, and microclimates”, Wunderlich noted. “For many years growers in other regions have had access to this type of data, and it is time for us to learn something more about mildew here, so that, ideally, we can save sprays but maintain quality”. With collaborative support from private growers, the Amador Winegrowers Association, and UCIPM, two powdery mildew stations were installed in the Shenandoah Valley of Amador County last year. This year, with support from the Fish Friendly Farming program and a grant they received from the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, two more stations were placed in El Dorado County. With assistance from Dr. Doug Gubler and his graduate student Brianna McGuire, mildew studies are being conducted in the foothills to evaluate grower spray programs compared to station programs. Mildew spore trapping is also being conducted this year.

Andrew McElrone, USDA Research Scientist affiliated with the Department of Enology and Viticulture at UC Davis, will give a special presentation on “How grape vines use water: a journey through the vine’s vascular system”. McElrone’s research aims to develop sustainable water-use strategies through improved understanding of drought resistance, deficit irrigation strategies, and water use quantification, timely information for a drought year. He will cover vine physiology related to water transport, including the effects of rootstocks on vine water use.

Rhonda Smith, UCCE Sonoma Viticulture Advisor, will present an update on Red Blotch disease. Smith has been doing research on the symptomology of Red Blotch in white varieties.

The meeting will end with a grower/winemaker panel on Zinfandel. Panelists include Tegan Passalacqua, winemaker and vineyard manager for Turley Wine Cellars, Chris Leamy, Terra d’Oro winemaker and vice-President for Zinfandel Advocates and Producers (ZAP), and Kevin Steward, vineyard manager for Trinchero Family Estates.

“Zinfandel continues to be an important variety for our region,” Wunderlich said. “Zinfandel is a part of the foothill viticultural heritage, but there are different ideas out there now about how it is best grown and what attributes create wine quality”.

To register for Foothill Grape Day, contact Robin Cleveland at (530) 621-5528 or go to:

Friday, May 16, 2014

Andis Wine: Drewski's This Saturday & The Best Barbera in America?

 Drewski's Hot Rod Kitchen food truck returns this Saturday!
Join us from Noon-4pm this Saturday the 17th for oozing gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and sides under $10.
New Wine Club releases will also be available for pickup and tasting for members. New wines include the 2013 Chenin Blanc, 2013 Rose, 2012 Mourvedre, 2012 Primitivo, and 2011 Cooper Barbera.

Speaking of Barbera....

To say that meeting with Dorothy Gaiter was an absolute pleasure would be the understatement of the year. But it WAS an absolute pleasure, and led to a fantastic article on our 2010 Cooper Barbera and 2011 Original Grandpere Zinfandel. Needless to say we are flattered, and hope you enjoy!
The Best Barbera In America?

Saturday, May 17th

Sunday, May 18th

Saturday, May 31st

Sunday, June 15th
Saturday, June 28th

WHITE: 2013 Viognier
RED:  2013 Painted Fields

(209) 245-6177

Thursday, May 15, 2014 Zinfandel Lover's Heaven! May 17 & 18

ZAP and Amador Wine Region -
A Zinfandel Lover's Heaven!

For Zinfandel lovers, Saturday May 17th and Sunday May 18th in Amador Wine Region can't be missed! Amador Vintners Association and Zinfandel Advocates & Producers (ZAP) present Zinfandel Heritage Heaven for two days.

Starting with the release of the ZAP 2012 Heritage Vineyard Zinfandel made by Amador winemaker, Chris Leamy of Terra d'Oro, Saturday begins at noon at Terra d'Oro, 
20680 Shenandoah Road in Plymouth where guests will taste the new wine with Chris. The Heritage vineyard wine is made by a different Zinfandel winemaker every vintage. Only 100 cases of this exclusive wine were made!

Terra d'Oro will then present a sensational barbecue designed to pair seamlessly with the new wine: Fire-roasted chicken, slow smoked Saint Louis ribs, Cowboy beans, mushroom risotto plus salad & crusty bread.  A 10-year vertical of Zinfandel port, a specialty of Terra d'Oro, will be presented by Chris Leamy following lunch.  Other delights and Zinfandel educational components are part of the day.
Terra d'Oro Winery
20680 Shenandoah School Rd, Plymouth

Sunday May 18th, the epicenter of Zinfandel heritage in California will be abuzz with seriousZinfandel offerings from 10 Amador zinfandel specialists. Each offering ticket-holders an opportunity to taste verticals, libraries, old vine Zins, and vineyard designate Zinfandels. Choose your style of Zinfandel from concentrated black fruit flavors and silky, balanced tannins, to lighter, more fresh red fruit and finesse. Our winemakers showcase what can be done with the grape that found its way to Amador Wine region in the 1800's!   Credentials forSunday will be available at Terra d'Oro on Saturday.

Go to for information and to purchase tickets from $40 for ZAP members & wine club members to $50 for non-members.  A deal for two full days of Zinfandel! 

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Amador Vintners - May 2014 Newsletter

MAY 2014
Visit this link for 
more Amador

Friday, July 11th through 
Sunday, July 20th
"Get Your Wines 
Off Rte. 49!" 
This is a  week long passport style event.  
Travel scenic Rte. 49 in Amador County anytime during the 10 days and enjoy exclusive offerings from participating wineries-- and a special gift for every passport holder! Return your passport to the Amador VIntners office and be entered to win an 
Amador Weekend Getaway!
More Links to Help Plan your Visit:
Maps and Directions

Spring Fever 
Amador Wine Country!

In beautiful Amador County, spring is a time of baby birds, flower blooms and baby tendrils reaching out from vines of Barbera, Zinfandel and Grenache. There is much new to appreciate this time of year.

New Website
Character is a Place, and if you have seen our new website: you'll know why Amador Wine Region is a special place recognized for its character.  Rustic warm colors are the background for the faces of winemaking and farming, for images of the land of granite outcroppings and old oak trees, and of people having a great time visiting our wineries. The site offers an easier to use calendar of events to help plan your next adventure to Amador.  Please take a look!  

New Releases
Among the signs of spring in Amador Wine Country are exciting new wine releases...

The extremely limited, ZAP 2012 Heritage Vineyard Zinfandel, made by our Terra D'Oro winemaker, Chris Leamy will be released on a special day of celebration May 17th at Terra d'Oro. See all details and purchase tickets at:

Welcome the newest release of the Renwood Signature Series Zinfandels!  This is five gorgeous annual releases of one of our famed Zin houses' best!  Taste them at Renwood Winery
in their classy tasting room and lounge!

Amador Cellars, one of our classic country living wineries has just released their 2011 Lyman Vineyard Barbera. You'll want to taste this San Francisco Chronicle Gold Medal Winner!  

Welcome our new member!
We welcome Young's Vineyard at 10120 Shenandoah Rd. Plymouth. Youngs is a beautiful park-like setting for your enjoyment of delicious Amador wines made by winemaker, Nancy Steele. Newly released is the Estate Syrah, 2012, bottled this year with the highly anticipated dancer on the label-- limited production-- so stop by and say hello and get your bottle before it's gone!

 For more information call: 1-888-655-8614
e-mail or visit 
the Amador Vintners website at
 Remember, we're just a short ride from Sacramento & Reno 
and a beautiful journey from the Bay Area!
Amador Vintners Association | 9310 Pacific Street | Plymouth, California 95669 |
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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Celebrate Mom with Deaver - Sun May 11

May 5th, 2014

Still looking for that perfect Mother's Day spot?

Look no further! Let us make this Mother's Day one Mom will never forget. Relax and enjoy a picnic lunch from Andrae's Bakery on the Deaver Green. From Turkey to Kobe Beef and Roasted Tomato with Brie, there is a sandwich for everyone. Leave the work to us for this special occassion. Simply click here to order your sandwiches and let us do the rest. Have any dietary requests? Feel free to let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.
Reservations close at 7pm on Wednesday May 7th, so order now!
Thank you to all the wonderful Mothers! 



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