Experience Behind the Cellar Door as a VIP!
• Enjoy early access and exclusive VIP seminars and tasting experiences at 10 AM each day (one hour before General Admission)
• Enjoy a little something special at each winery participating in the VIP Experience
• Plus get everything included in a General Admission ticket: Commemorate wine glass, food pairings, seminars, barrel tastings, entertainment and wine tasting
Note: Please choose your Saturday VIP Experience AND (different) Sunday VIP Experience when you purchase your ticket. You will pick up your VIP wristband and wine glass at your chosen Saturday location.
Join the welcoming and knowledgeable staff at Andis Wines for a vertical (multiple vintage) tasting of our award-winning Semillon perfectly paired with unique cheeses.
Bella Grace Vineyards - Cave Location
VIPs arriving at the Bella Grace Wine Cave will be treated to a delicious cheese and wine pairing by Winemaker Michael Havill. She will guide you with her expertise about the relationship between the cheese and wine. Michael will finish the experience with Vino Doce (Port-style wine) paired with decadent Belgian fudge chocolate.
Join us at Cooper Vineyards where locally-renowned culinary expert, Doug Bellamy, will take you on a food and wine pairing journey. Taste our estate-produced wines alongside complimentary dishes to witness the how the combination of two separate components elevates them beyond their individual quality. “That,” Bellamy explains, “is the passion of food and wine.”
Join us at Feist Wines for breakfast and barrel tasting! Enjoy quiche and pastries from local favorite, Andre’s Bakery, with Zinfandel, Barbera and Cabernet Sauvignon from the Feist cellar.
VIPs choosing Helwig Winery will be greeted with four specialty wines and four special hand-selected cheeses. This seated tasting experience will be led by our Private Tasting Manager, Jack Carrol, and will take place in our custom-built wine cave.
Scott Harvey Wines - Plymouth
Start your VIP experience at Scott Harvey Wines with sparkling wine and a lesson on how it’s made! VIPs that choose Scott Harvey Wines for their exclusive seminar will get to see a demonstration by our winemaker of “riddling” – a process vital to the creation of those light and delicate bubbles present in sparkling wine. You will get to sip bubbles and enjoy a breakfast bite while learning a bit from one of Amador’s most acclaimed winemakers.
Terra d'Oro Winery
Want to know the finer points of the perfect appetizers for your fancy dinner party? Join us on the MEZZ at Terra d’Oro with world traveling judge and cheese monger Mary Dedrick of Dedrick’s Cheese and Tracey Berkner, co-owner of the finest white tablecloth in the foothills, Taste, as they teach you how to create the perfect charcuterie plate for your party!
Terra d’Oro Winery wants to show you why you want to have large format bottles for aging red wines! VIPs will taste 2014 Terra d’Oro Zinfandel in both the traditional sized bottle, 750ml vs the same wine but from a 3.0L bottle. Four times larger than the 750ml! The difference will astound you!
At Uphill Vineyards VIPs will enjoy a 2012-2015 vertical tasting and food pairing of our estate-grown Tempranillo to demonstrate how vintages vary due to growing season and harvest conditions and how different foods affect the tasters’ experience of the wine.
Join us at Vino Noceto for a VIP food and wine tasting experience. Over the course of an hour you’ll be led through pairings of Vino Noceto’s award-winning wines (including Club Reserve Single Vineyard Sangiovese) paired with small bites including chocolate, charcuterie, cheese, and more! This intimate, educational experience will be guided by Noceto’s knowledgeable staff.
Le Mulet Rouge Vineyards
Beginning at 10am, in The Le Mulet Rouge vineyard, they will host a presentation and tasting called “Taste the Terroir”. This intimate experience showcases the different flavors they get from the same grape clone in three different sections of their vineyard. It’s a fascinating exploration of how sun, soil and temperature, across even a small vineyard, can make a huge impact on flavor. See the place, taste the wines, and start your day with Winemaker Tracy Hart at Le Mulet Rouge, 16915 Red Mule Rd. Fiddletown.
Start your day an hour earlier with tastings of library vintages of our featured Amador single-vineyard bottlings and breakfast pastries! Limited to 25 people each day and must be designated at ticket purchase.
VIP Saturday 10 a.m. tasting: 2012-2016 Sadie Upton Zinfandel Vertical
VIP Sunday 10 a.m. tasting: 2011-2015 Judge Bell Zinfandel Vertical
Iron Hub Winery
The joy of wine includes blending with Iron Hub Winery to create your perfect glass. Join Iron Hub’s winemakers at 10am Sat./Sun. to learn the art of wine blends (reserve for limited seats). Sierra views and elegant food pairings including Zin brownies.