Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Plymouth Farmers' Market enjoying record-setting year - Turley Wines and Taste Restaurant are highlighedt this Thursday

Only weeks into the season, The Plymouth Farmers Market, held every Thursday, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM on historic Main Street, has broken all records for attendance and proceeds. A great array of vendors, caterers, wineries and musicians, coupled with a lovely shaded grassy setting and ideal weather, are making this a year to remember.

This week, Thursday, August 28th, features newcomer Turley Wine Cellars donating the wine with highly ranked Taste Restaurant providing the small plate dinner. With offices in the Napa and Paso Robles areas, Turley recently acquired the local Karly Vineyard and the Mitchell tasting room. “We’re very interested in being part of the Plymouth Farmers Market,” Larry Turley said. “We look forward to being paired up with Taste Restaurant.”  Taste Restaurant was recently ranked in the Top 100 Wine Restaurants in America.  
“People really come for the fresh produce, fruit, jams and jellies, olive oils and so much more,” said Rotary’s Austin Ford, market manager.  “We’re noticing considerable folks coming week after week to make purchases and spend time with friends,” he said.

A Great Cause
Rotary is an International Service Organization that raises money for community causes, contributing to local schools, student scholarships and an annual Rotary Youth Leadership Camp.  

New Vendors Welcome
If you’d like to sell your products at the Plymouth Farmers Market just show up, set up and sell.  
Local non-profit organizations are invited to present their information at the market at no charge.

Shady grass, fresh produce, great wine and food and just the right music. See you at the Plymouth Farmer’s Market.

Burgers, Brats & Bocce This Weekend at Andis Wines!

Harvest Bocce Ball Tournament & Lawn Party
Saturday, August 30th, 11am - 4pm
Join Andis Wines and Vino Noceto this Labor Day Weekend for fun and games in celebration of the fast-approaching harvest season!
Try out our new bocce court and compete in a bocce ball tournament to be held at both wineries on Saturday starting at 11am. Buy-in is only $10 per team (max 4 players per team) and the winner takes all.
Call (209) 245-6177 or to sign up.
Deadline to RSVP is Friday, August 29th.

In addition to the tournament, we'll have fun lawn games like badminton and cornhole, burgers and brats fresh from the grill, and delicious Andis wines for everyone to enjoy. Food is $7/person (FREE for club members). We hope you can join us!

Labor Day Weekend SPECIAL
Andis Sparkling Wine

A semi-dry, light and fruity bubbly perfect for any celebration or mimosa.

only $1 / bottle
with any 2 bottle purchase in the tasting room, this weekend only.

Oct 4th & 5th

WHITE: 2013 Viognier
RED:  2013 Cabernet/Merlot

(209) 245-6177

Andis Wines  I  11000 Shenandoah Road, Plymouth CA 95669  I  I  (209) 245-6177

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Big Crush - October 4 & 5

For over twenty years, Amador County wineries have opened their cellar doors and tasting rooms to bring the harvest to you! The Big Crush once again rolls out with  41 wineries presenting a rare breadth of hospitality on Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 4th & 5th!
Two days of bountiful cuisine and world-class wines, along with sounds of acoustic to rock & roll music wafting from every crush pad in the county! Most exciting are the harvest activities--personal vineyard tours, blending seminars, grape stomps, and more...
Please join us in celebrating Amador's grape harvest 2014!
For further details on this exciting event, and to purchase tickets, visit us at:

Friday, August 15, 2014

The Deaver Dish - August 2014

Deaver Vineyards

August 14th, 2014

What's in this issue:  

  • Bragging Rights
  • Thank You
  • Upcoming events 
  • Low Inventory Alert
  • What are the vines doing?

Bragging Rights

  Deaver Vineyards is proud to announce our recent success from the Wine Enthusiast. If you haven't       had  these wines please visit,as we will be offering them for tasting now through Labor Day! (Monday         September 1st) Also, available online for Purchase

Wine Club Dinner Success

THANK YOU to our wine club members for making this event such an incredible success! It's events like this that keep us at Deaver loving what we do. We look forward to seeing you on your next visit to Deaver!

Up Coming Events

Labor Day Event  Saturday, August 30th 

Don't miss our annual Labor Day BBQ Celebration! Bring the family, and tell your neighbors and friends to come for a day on theDeaver Green. Make sure to check out our wine specials! So come get a bottle or two and enjoy BBQ hamburgers. Music will be playing by local DJ Bill Pence! Let's have a great day to send off Summer of 2014!

The Big Crush Saturday and Sunday, October 4th and 5th Purchase Tickets

It's that time of year again for the Amador Vintner's largest event! Harvest is among us and we are getting ready for Big Crush! Come out and be a part of the fun. The weekend at Deaver will boast great specials on wine, food pairings and music to set the mood. Make sure to get your tickets soon! A FREE gift for anyone that picks up their glass from Deaver!

Ports on Parade Saturday, November 8th *Tickets on sale August 18th 

Port Lovers dream! Our biannual port and food pairing event. Sample delicious Deaver port with sweet or savory deluctables. Just in time to make your selections for your holiday season. 


Holiday Open House Saturday, December 13th

*More information to come

Where will Deaver be?

We are out and about and may be coming to an area near you!
Sample the Sierra Sunday, August 31st- Bijou Community Park, South Lake Tahoe
KVIE Art Auction Monday, September 15th- KVIE Studios

Low Inventory Alert

These wines are going fast, if they are some of your favorites, stock up now!
Almond Sparkling
Deaver Jug is SOLD OUT
2009 Henry's House Zinfandel DOUBLE GOLD ~2013 CA State Fair
2009 Signature Barbera
2009 Syrah
2010 Petite Sirah
Please note that wines will not be shipped in the heat. We will hold your wines for you, and ship when we are sure it will arrive safe and sound. 
Looking to pick up your wines? Simply click "Pickup at Main Location" and we will hold your wines for you to pick up at your convenience. 

How are the vines doing?

The warmer days and the cool nights are changing the fruit rapidly. We are watching the color and sugar content in anticipation of an early harvest.


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Preston Castle Wine Tasting and Tour - Sat Sept 13

On Saturday, September 13, 3 pm to 6 pm., taste the fine wines of Amador County and enjoy the aura of the historic Preston Castle.  Experience the history and feel the sensation of the past.  Attendees will sample fine wines, poured by 15 different wineries, from commemorative Preston Castle wine glasses.
Sip a glass of wine, enjoy a variety of gourmet hors d'oeuvres, and listen to live music on the patio where the food will be served, and in front of the Castle where the wineries will be pouring. The popular Midtown Jazz will be performing on the patio stage and local favorite Manny Sosa will be providing wonderful wine tasting music.
Midtown Jazz plays a wide variety of music, ranging from jazz to light rock to R&B and can even mix it up on occasion by adding a few Latin and Country/Western tunes.
This is our 10th Annual Preston Castle Wine Tasting and Tour.  It continues to be one of Amador County's premier wine events, and is always a sellout, so get your tickets now!
Participating Wineries include:
Bray, Clos du Lac, Drytown, Karmere, Nine Gables, Sera Fina, Sobon, Story, Tanis, TKC, Terra d’Oro, Turley, Vino Noceto, Wine Tree Farm.
Tickets, $40, available at Clark's Corner in Ione or online at

Preston Castle Wine Tasting and Tour
Saturday, September 13, 2014, 3 pm to 6 pm
$40  (Advance sales only)
Sponsored by Preston Castle Foundation; Jerry Funderburgh and Marie Nutting, Chairpersons
Preston Castle
900 Palm Drive, Ione, CA
35 miles southeast of Sacramento, CA off HWY 104 in Ione
Saturday, September 13, 2014, 3 pm to 6 pm
Tickets available at Clark's Corner in Ione or online at
About Preston Castle Foundation:
The strikingly beautiful Romanesque style Preston Castle, on a hill in Ione, was actually the administration building for the Preston School of Industry, the first major attempt in California at rehabilitating, instead of just impris­­­oning, young offenders.  Opened in 1894, the Preston School of Industry became a leader in the juvenile prison reform movement by giving convicted boys a real chance at life by educating them not only in academics, but in all of the useful trades of the time.  Closed in 1960, when the Preston Youth Authority moved into a new administration building down the hill, the Preston Castle was left to deteriorate due to weather, vandalism, and general neglect.  It now serves as a vacant, but vitally important landmark for Ione, Amador County, and the Motherlode.  It is a California State Historic Landmark and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Amador County Farm Tour and Dinner highlight Shenandoah Valley Wineries and kitchen gardens

Twentieth Annual Farm to Fork Amador County Farm Tour and Dinner

Farms of Amador and the Amador Farmers Market again present the definitive farm to fork dinner in Amador County.  Helwig Winery hosts the dinner catered by Lucy’s Spice Box, Saturday September 6 at 4pm.  The self-guided tour starts at noon and focuses on farms, wineries and vineyards near or in the Shenandoah Valley.

Temporada de Abundancia, a Season of Abundance is the theme of the dinner and it will feature a variety of Latin American Farm-to-Fork dishes.  The evening will begin with a salsa and Mexican pickle bar, ceviche of shrimp and snapper, quesadillas with sweet corn and roast chiles and tamales with roast Tyson farms Butternut squash, apples and local walnuts.
Lucy's Spice Box is a community supported commercial kitchen located in the town of Volcano, built into a 40' shipping container.  They are committed to sustainably farmed, humanely raised foods, favoring their local farm friends.

Guests will arrive to the sounds of latin jazz by Felipe Ferraz and have time to peruse the auction and raffle which will offer a variety of food, wine, and travel focused items. At 5pm guests will be seated for a family style all local and mostly organic dinner in the beautiful Helwig pavilion at tables adorned with white linens and fresh cut flowers with sunset views of the Amador wine region.

Dinner consists of grilled Llano Seco, pasture raised pork loin stuffed with 4505 chorizo and marinated onions finished with Chimichurri sauce, smoked black valentine beans from Mohr-fry ranch, and stuffed poblano chilis with Lundberg Spanish rice.  Dessert is Fresh fruit crisp served with locally made Munnerlyns vanilla bean ice cream.

The Farm Tour includes a visit to Runquist Winery and a tour of Margie Runquist’s kitchen garden.  Karmere Winery will offer a behind the scenes tour of their winery and vineyard.  Emily Beals of Harmony Hills farm will open her organic garden and orchard near Fiddletown.  She raises chickens and grows lettuce, cucumbers, peas, tomatoes, beans, as well as winter vegetables.  This farm is a great example of foothill sustainability.

Lastly the tour will feature South River Lavender garden in Mt. Aukum.  This three acre farm is part of the Dean Family homestead established in 1940.  The home has been beautifully restored and offers an art studio, wood working shop, drying shed and greenhouse as well as 400 mature English lavender plants.

Tickets are $60 each, $50 for Farms of Amador members and are available at all Amador Farmers Markets in Pine Grove, Sutter Creek, Jackson and Plymouth or at For more information call 209-267-5506.  All proceeds go to support local, sustainable agriculture.

Photos by Kurt Andersen