Amador’s Barbera Festival on Sept. 14 and Big Crush on Oct. 5-6

BARBERA FESTIVAL Amador Vintners hosts the 9th annual Barbera Festival on September 14 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the historic Terra d’Oro Winery in Amador wine country. The outdoor wine and food festival allows guests to sample barbera wines from more than 60 wineries from across California, enjoy local craft beer, gourmet food from top […]

Amador Vintners: World-class wines in the Sierra Foothills

WHETHER YOU VISIT OVER a weekend on your own or participate in one of its signature events, you are sure to enjoy a getaway to Amador Wine Country. Located in the historic foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains (just 45 minutes east of Sacramento), the beauty of the fertile foothills provides the perfect setting to […]

Napa, meet Amador: Rombauer Vineyards expands in the foothills

THIS SPRING ROMBAUER VINEYARDS, one of Napa Valley’s premier, family owned wineries, completed the purchase of the Renwood Winery facility in Amador County. The deal epitomizes Amador’s long-time and growing influence in shaping California’s wine business, along with Napa, Sonoma, Paso Robles, and Sierra Vintners, among others. The sale included 20 acres of vineyards, the […]

Economic Renewal in the Sierra Foothills and High Sierra

SPRING IS A TIME TO REGENERATE, and our region is experiencing its own growth and renewal — throughout the Sierra Foothills and in the High Sierra. New restaurants and cafes are opening, award-winning wineries and craft breweries are expanding, and the arts and culture scene is booming. Our region is unique in California as a […]

Grape Expectations: Wine predictions for the New Year

MORE “20-SOMETHING” WINE DRINKERS Millennials are drinking more wine than Boomers. One estimate predicts that millennials will hold the largest share of U.S. wine consumption in 2026. “Millennials have shown limited interest in the lowest-price wine segment, and as a result they made an outsize contribution to the growth of premium wines,” according to L.E.K. […]

Amador Vintners presents Behind the Cellar Door on March 2-3

WINTER PROVIDES A BIT OF a lull for many in the wine industry. Vines fall into a dormant state, conserving energy and resources for the long winter days. Cellar workers quietly monitor the precious “nectar of the Gods” they put into barrels after last year’s harvest. As the sun begins to slowly warm the vines […]

Tasting Notes

FOOTHILLS CELEBRATION Now in its 18th year, the Foothills Celebration in downtown Grass Valley is one of the region’s premier wine and food events. On Saturday, March 2, from 1-4 p.m., participants gather to sip wine from foothill wineries while sampling chef specialties and sweets from local restaurants. Attendees also can shop at the clothing […]

The Big Crush

THIS YEAR’S WINE GRAPE HARVEST HAS been a celebratory one, thanks to a “picture-perfect” growing season. It included abundant rainfall in winter followed by endless days of sunshine and moderate temperatures in spring and summer. “The grapes hung on the vines and gained flavor and complexity without being pushed beyond ripeness by excess heat,” Jackson […]

Amador Four Fires Festival

Amador Vintners presents the Amador Four Fires Festival on Saturday, May 5, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., celebrating the four distinctive wine regions that inspire the region’s winemakers and winegrowers: Southern France, Italy, Iberia, and “Heritage California.” Sample over 200 wines from more than 40 wineries along with food prepared by acclaimed local chefs and caterers. […]

Tasting Notes: Nevada City Winery, Sierra Starr and Avanguardia

FOOTHILLS CELEBRATION Now in its 17th year, the Foothills Celebration in downtown Grass Valley is one of the region’s premier wine and food events. On Saturday, March 3, from 1-4 p.m., participants gather to sip wine from foothill wineries while sampling chef specialties and sweets from local restaurants. One of the more decadent offerings has […]

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