Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Barrels of Monkees at SC Provisions presented by Firestone Walker Brewing Co. - Fri June 26

Come and share two rare kegs of beer with us on Friday, June 26th!
Join us this Friday, June 26th as we tap into two rare beers from Firestone Walker Brewing.
  • UDBA - Unfiltered Double Barrel Ale is 100% fermented in new American oak barrels and is left unfiltered. This is the beer that is blended with stainless fermented beer to make standard Double Barrel Ale. 
  • Stickee Monkee - A Belgian Quad by recipe, but aging it in spirits barrels garners its own category: Central Coast Quad.  A beer formulated to sit on the sweeter and malty side so that we could utilize it for blending.  Turbinado brown sugar from Mexico and Belgian candi sugar add wonderful molasses flavors.  It has a full body and lush texture with barrel expression all over this beer:  toasted oak, coconut, leather and cigar tobacco. 
The draught room will be open from 2pm-8pm.
Come share this rare opportunity to enjoy some amazing beers from one of the top craft breweries in the country!
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Terra d’Oro (Montevina) Zinfandel Takes Best of Show at Amador County Fair 2015 Wine Competition

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 
  1. Best of Show                          2012 – Zinfandel – Terra d’Oro/Montevina, Amador County
  2. Best White Wine                     2014 – Roussanne – Helwig Vineyards & Winery, Shenandoah Valley
  3. Best Red Wine                        2012 – Zinfandel – Terra d’Oro/Montevina, Amador County
  4. Best Dessert Wine                  2014 – Impetuous – Legendre Cellars, Amador County
  5. Best Blush Wine                     2014 – Sangiovese - Vino Noceto, Shenandoah Valley
  6. Best Amador Zinfandel          2012 – Zinfandel – Terra d’Oro/Montevina, Amador County
  7. Best Amador Rhone               2014 – Roussanne – Helwig Vineyards & Winery, Shenandoah Valley
  8. Best Amador Iberian              2013 – Grenache/Granacha – Cooper Vineyards, Shenandoah Valley
  9. 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

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Master Food Preservers: "Pucker Power" - Pickling & Fermenting Class - Sat July 11

Incredible Case Sale at Sierra Ridge!


                                             Don't miss this sale!
                        Sale takes place only at the vineyard tasting room.
See you at 14110 Ridge Road Sutter Creek, CA
Prices do not include tax
2010 Cabernet Franc $100.00 per case
2010 Dolcetto $175.00 per case
2009 Freisa $ 125.00 per case
2010 Nebbiolo $100.00 per case
2010 Sangiovese $ 150.00 per case
2009 Zinfandel $75.00 per case

Offer valid while supplies last.  Tell a friend!
Sierra Ridge Winery 14110 Ridge Rd Sutter Creek

Friday, June 12, 2015

The Deaver Dish - June 2015


This Issue                                                                                June 11th, 2015
Upcoming Events

Start on Steiner Summer Fest
Saturday, August 8th
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

Saturday, August 15th

Club Members receive 2 complimentary tickets.* 
Additional tickets can be purchased for $20/person
Click here for tickets
Tickets Include
Live music by “KnuckleHead”
New wine releases
Glass of wine
BBQ dinner

Wines may be purchased by the glass or bottle.
Please no outside alcohol.
RSVP by Sunday, August 9th online, by phone 209-245-4099 or to club@deavervineyards.com.
*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: Saturday, September 5th
Big Crush: Saturday-Sunday October 3rd-4th
Tickets on sale August 1st.
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

At Deaver Vineyards we always encourage everyone to visit and enjoy the Deaver Green, but while on our grounds please only consume alcoholic beverages purchased at Deaver Vineyards.   
Thank you and hope to see you soon. 
Deaver Vineyards
12455 Steiner Road
Plymouth, California 95669
(209) 245-4099
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Delicious Father's Day BBQ at the Wine Tree Farm! Sun June 21

Delicious Father's Day BBQ at
Wine Tree Farm!

Father's Day at Wine Tree Farm
Sunday, June 21st, 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Hi, Carol, 

My Dad, Jack, was a great inspiration to me.  Father's Day at Wine Tree FarmHe was a geologist in South Africa and was very involved with the gold industry there.  When I bought this property in Amador City, one of the key factors was that it was in Gold Country and the gold industry was very close to my father’s heart.

Dad loved this property and walked the property daily, looking for where we might find gold. He was a very positive man and had wonderful dreams of what we might do here.  While we never actually found gold here, we discovered our gold in another way. My Dad helped plant my first mini-vineyard, my training wheels for the big vineyard that yields the Rhône varietals that make Wine Tree Farm what is today.

Wine Tree Farm LOVES Dads!
So we’re inviting Dads of all shapes and sizes, professions and passions, to join us for a Father’s Day BBQ.  Our new shade arbor is a perfect place to hang out with Dad and the family.

Dad will enjoy our pairing of Swingle’s Grilled Sausages, Kebabs, Tri-Tip  and corn on the cob with our Rhône Blends and varietals. Challenge Dad to a competitive game of horseshoes! Finish off the afternoon with Corinne's famous Port Brownies!

Dads FREE!
Adults: $15.00 includes winetasting
Designated Drivers: $10.00

Children 12-21: $10.00
Children under 12: $5.00
(sodas, lemonade and bottled water will be provided)

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Amador City debuts Saturday Evening Farmers Market beginning this Saturday

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

Darrell Corti Hand Selects Italian Barbera for Feist Flight

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 susan@feistwines.com or (209) 267-8020.