Friday, June 26, 2015
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
PLYMOUTH, CA. Terra d’Oro’s Montevina Skyland Ridge 2012 Zinfandel was awarded Best of Show in the annual Amador County Fair Wine Competition. In all there were 21 double gold medals awarded, 62 gold, 166 silver, and 131 bronze. 445 wines were entered in the competition.
By the end of the day of judging 380 medals were awarded in a single blind, Danish system of judging. The swirl of pale gold and ruby red wines, exuding the heavenly scents of berries, spices and fruits, filled the better part of a day during judging of the Competition. Judges were comprised of winemakers, sommeliers, journalists, wine educators, wine purchasers and visiting competition directors.
According to competition director Scott Mahon, there were 49 more wines entered than in 2014 with 16 newly participating wineries. “Our judges were delighted by the high number of premium wines our competition receives year after year, and how the quality of the competition seems to go up a level each year. We continue to be the only Sierra Foothills exclusive wine competition. Our unique competition allows us to invite the most distinguished judges.”
Some of the best wines in California are made from grapes grown in what the wine industry refers to as the Sierra Foothill AVA or American Viticultural Area. This 170 mile long and 12-mile wide swath of farmland starts in northern Yuba County and runs through the Foothills ending in Mariposa County to the south. Amador County sits right in the middle of an area blessed with a Mediterranean climate and shallow mountain soils that stress the vines, giving moderate/low yields of high quality grapes.
That those grapes produce such high quality wines is no surprise to the local wine lovers who are familiar with the Sierra Foothill Wineries. Statistically with only 1% of the State’s annual crush by volume, the Sierra Foothill AVA takes a disproportionately high number of medals at the prestigious California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition.
The Amador County Fair, July 23-26, will feature the award winning wines at the Fair’s wine tasting event on Friday July 24. For more information and complete judging results go to AmadorCountyFair.com.
SIDEBAR: More than 40 of the top winemakers of the 2014 competition will be pouring at the annual Amador County Fair Wine Tasting event, Friday, July 24, 7:00-9:00 pm. Tickets are $25 which include a commemorative goblet and appetizers, served in a relaxed, casual setting. For tickets call 209 245-6921. Early purchase is recommended at AmadorCountyFair.com.
BEST OF AWARDS FOLLOW:
"Best of" Awards
- Best of Show 2012 – Zinfandel – Terra d’Oro/Montevina, Amador County
- Best White Wine 2014 – Roussanne – Helwig Vineyards & Winery, Shenandoah Valley
- Best Red Wine 2012 – Zinfandel – Terra d’Oro/Montevina, Amador County
- Best Dessert Wine 2014 – Impetuous – Legendre Cellars, Amador County
- Best Blush Wine 2014 – Sangiovese - Vino Noceto, Shenandoah Valley
- Best Amador Zinfandel 2012 – Zinfandel – Terra d’Oro/Montevina, Amador County
- Best Amador Rhone 2014 – Roussanne – Helwig Vineyards & Winery, Shenandoah Valley
- Best Amador Iberian 2013 – Grenache/Granacha – Cooper Vineyards, Shenandoah Valley
- Best Amador Italian 2013 – Sangiovese – Dillian Wines, Amador County
Tracey Berkner, Restaurant/Hotel Owner, Sommelier
Allie Caruso, Sommelier, Tasting Room Manager
Steve Chiaramonte, Certified Wine Judge
Mike Dunne, Wine Journalist
Martha Dunne, Certified Wine Judge
Todd Hafner, Certified Wine Judge
Maynard Johnson, Winemaker, Winery Owner
Mike Kerrigan, Wine Journalist
Ellen Landis, Wine Journalist
Ken Landis, Restaurant/Hotel Owner
Mathew Lewis, Sommelier, Wine Educator
Martin Maxwell, Certified Wine Judge
Heather McKenna, Winemaker
Mark McKenna, Winemaker
Brian Miller, Wine Store Owner, CWJ
Dick Minnis, Former Wine Competition Director
Ted Rieger, Wine Journalist
Noelle Stroppini, Sommelier
Victor Turinsky, Restaurant Manager
Jim Twiford, Certified Wine Judge
Valery Uhl, Wine Competition Director, CWJ
Melissa Vogt, Wine Journalist
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Friday, June 12, 2015
This Issue June 11th, 2015
Start on Steiner Summer Fest
Join the wineries of Steiner Road for our annual complimentary day of wine and fun. Deaver Vineyards will be offering summer food and wine pairings, and select wine specials. Visit at least 5 wineries and be entered to win a club member for a day at participating wineries.
Visit StartonSteiner on Facebook or click here for more details.
Wine Club Appreciation Beach BBQ
Club Members receive 2 complimentary tickets.*
Additional tickets can be purchased for $20/person
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Live music by “KnuckleHead”
New wine releases
Glass of wine
Wines may be purchased by the glass or bottle.
Please no outside alcohol.
*You must contact us or log into your online account to receive your complimentary tickets. Not sure how to log in? Simply email or call us and we will be happy to help you.
Save the Date!
Labor Day BBQ:
Big Crush: -
Tickets on sale .
2015 Small Business of the Year-8th Senate District
2011 Signature Zinfandel, Gold-Orange County Fair
2011 Petite Sirah, Silver-Consumer Wine Awards
2011 Ten Zins, Silver-Amador County Fair
Alicante Bouchette Port, Silver-Amador County Fair, Orange County Fair
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Thursday, June 11, 2015
Local Produce and Music come to the streets of California’s Smallest Town
The smallest incorporated town in California, Amador City will host a farmers market this summer Saturday evenings from 5 pm to 8 pm starting this Saturday, June 13. The market will offer the best of local produce with farm raised eggs, lavender and vegetables grown by Scott Oneto, a local master gardener who is farming seven acres. Sean Krilitch will bring organic vegetables to the mix and the organizers expect to add vendors as the season goes along.
Shoppers can dine at Buffalo Chips restaurant or grab a glass of wine at Feist Wines which will be open late all summer long. Feist will offer “farm to fork” small plates to add to the festivities.
“Access to local, fresh produce is important” says Susan Feist “Food that is appropriate seasonally, sustainably-sourced, and organic tastes better and is good for the eater and the producer.” Amador City is excited to provide a place for shoppers to come out and be part of the community, enjoy the evening and go home with delicious and healthy ingredients for the week.
Buffalo Chips restaurant is increasingly using seasonal ingredients and is helping support local farmers and ranchers who are dedicated to sustainable agriculture.
The market will coincide with Amador City’s third annual Dancing in the Streets, visitors can stock up on fresh foods and then head down the street for live music and dancing.
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Fine Italian Wines in California’s Smallest Town
June 2015- Amador City, CA: To kick off the Barbera Festival on Saturday Feist Wines will offer a flight of Italian Barberas hand selected by food and wine expert Darrell Corti. The tasting will take place between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Friday, June 12. Guests can pre order a special Barbera centric dinner from Lucy’s Spice Box to pair with the wines.
Corti, a staunch defender of low alcohol wines, believes that “they are more elegant.” He chose three wines for the tasting, a 2010 and 2013 from the Alba region of Italy and a 2013 vintage from Asti. Corti is fond of the style of winemaking in Asti and the regional wines are clearly different because of terroir.
Also included in the flight will be the newly released 2013 Feist Barbera. The 2011 Feist Barbera received a best of class award at the 2013 California State Fair and the 2012 Feist Barbera received best of class and best Amador Italian wine at the 2014 Amador County Fair wine competition.
Lucy’s Spice Box is a community supported commercial kitchen located in Volcano and built into a 40' shipping container. Lucy prepares delicious meals available as take-out or eat in on Friday at Feist Wines in Amador City.
Lucy’s weekly changing menus reflect her passion to serve healthy, sustainably farmed, humanely raised foods, favoring local farms and organic whenever possible.
Friday’s dinner provided can be pre-ordered at Lucysspicebox.com
Reservations are recommended for the tasting and can be made at email@example.com or (209) 267-8020.