Amador Vintners: Expanding in the New Year

The Amador Vintners Association is expanding in the New Year with the acquisition of two of the county’s premier wine tasting events: Amador Four Fires Festival and the Barbera Festival.

Bringing the two festivals under the Vintners Association umbrella increases the recognition of Amador Wine Country with visitors and vintners from throughout California.

“We’re thrilled to have these two signature events as part of the Vintners Association offerings for the year,” says Executive Director Jack Gorman. “Combined with our members’ world-class wines, warm hospitality and beautiful Sierra Foothills setting, we believe Amador County is the region’s No. 1 wine destination all year long.”

Each Amador Vintners event maintains a unique personality, and the vintners will build upon the brand of each one.

■ Behind the Cellar Door (March 2-4) is the region’s premier educational event, providing guests with an up close and personal look into the art of winemaking.

Featuring seminars, demonstrations, barrel tastings and exceptional food pairings at each member winery, Behind the Cellar Door is a smaller, more intimate event than the others. Meet the winemakers and taste their award-winning wines.

■ Amador Four Fires (May 5) celebrates the heritage and regional superstars of Amador County wine and focuses on the food and wine of four iconic wine regions: Italy, Southern Rhone in France, Iberia in Spain and Portugal, and California.

Showcasing wines from each region paired with food cooked over an open flame, Four Fires showcases the best that Amador has to offer and encourages guests to “ignite their senses.”

■ Barbera from Amador County is becoming a new favorite among wine drinkers. The Barbera Festival (September 15) celebrates this Italian varietal with wines from Amador County and elsewhere.

■ Rounding out the year, the Big Crush Harvest Festival (October 5-7) is a celebration of the bounty of the harvest in Amador County.

With the release of new vintages, live music and farm fresh food offerings from local purveyors, the Big Crush is the culmination of hard work all year long. Guests get to witness the harvest and crush process first hand while joining in the annual celebration. “More than a crush, it’s our passion,” as the winemakers put it.

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