Daffodil Hill in Wine Country

Daffodil Hill in Wine Country – Volcano, California Daffodil Hill is not open to the public this year Amador County is a hot tourist destination for wine country travelers. There are many small boutique wineries to visit in the spectacular foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. But there is another attraction besides wineries worth seeing, … Read more

A Visit to Sobon

off the beaten path wine country

Visit Sobon Wine Family Estate On a recent trip to the Sierra Foothills, we visited several fun family-owned wineries. One of our favorites in this underrated wine region is the Sobon Wine Family Estate. The winery is small, the vineyards are farmed sustainably, and the wines are excellent. Sobon Wine Family Estate is in the … Read more

Brown’s English Toffee – Fiddletown, CA

Fiddletown is one of the hidden spots you will discover when visiting the Sierra Foothills wine country. Fiddletown is in Amador County. This report is a guest Blog Post by Marilyn McDanel of Brown’s English Toffee and Celtic Candies. In Fiddletown, Brown’s English Toffee and Celtic Candies Founded in 1985 as a cottage industry business … Read more

Getaway to the Sierra Foothills Wine Country

Looking out on the Shenandoah Valley from the Andis Winery

Sierra Foothills Wine Country Do you travel to the California wine country? Most likely you have been to Napa Valley and Sonoma.  A getaway to the Sierra Foothills Wine Country is a vastly different experience.  It is much more fun and rewarding. Don’t get me wrong; I love the Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley wine … Read more

Amador Vintners Who Rock

These are a few of the Amador Vintners who are making Amador County rock in the world of wine. Some are old timers, progressing with the times, while others are new and energetic, eager to add their skills to the Amador wine scene. Amador Vintners who rock Scott Harvey Scott Harvey grew up in the … Read more

1869 Old Vine Zinfandel Vineyard in Amador Wine Country

1869 Old Vine Zinfandel vineyards – Oldest Zin When in Amador, visit wineries making wine from the oldest Zinfandel vineyard in the U.S. The 1869 Old Vine Zinfandel vineyard is located in the Shenandoah Valley of Amador County. It is the oldest Zinfandel vineyard in California. It is also known as the Original Grandpere Vineyard. … Read more

Amador Four Fires Festival

Amador Four Fires

A couple of weeks ago we visited Amador County and posted an article about our favorite Sierra Foothill town, Sutter Creek.  The article peaked the interest of many of the locals in Amador and I received many responses. This one on the  Amador Four Fires Festival I thought would be interesting to the  readers of … Read more

Is Sutter Creek the best wine country town in the Sierra Foothills?

Sutter Creek best wine town

Sutter Creek Theater and other boutiques on Main Street Is Sutter Creek the best wine town in the Sierra Foothills? Here are some reasons why we think it is. Close to wineries Sutter Creek is 20 minutes away from the Shenandoah Valley in the Plymouth area. There are over 40 wineries in this area of … Read more

Ann Kraemer, Master Vineyard Manager and Yorba Wines

Ann Kraemer

There are 34 acres planted on the 185-acre ranch, with Zinfandel and Syrah making up the largest plots and Tempranillo, Petite Sirah, Monvedre, Granache and Viognier making up the smaller plots. Thirty percent of the vines are used for Ann’s Yorba label; the rest of the grapes are sold to ten different winemakers.

Wine Spectator on Amador Valley – what they missed

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Wine Spectator on Amador Valley – what they missed Having traveled to Amador County on many occasions since 2002, I consider myself a decent authority on the wine country of Amador. I have seen Amador grow steadily over these years and evolve from a destination mainly for Gold Country buffs to now a wine country … Read more