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Jeff Runquist Wines
Discover the interplay between taste, texture and aromas and how they play a role in the art behind food and wine pairings. Our knowledgeable staff will guide each table through a food and wine pairing with 5 of our awarding winning wines. Each guest will be provided with an individual charcuterie plate that consists of the 5 flavors you find in food (sour, sweet, salty, bitter and umami).
Come enjoy Cabernet Sauvignon, Mourvédre, Zinfandel, red wine blend and a barrel tasting of Syrah. We will be serving “Karina’s Salmon Chowder” with sourdough bread and roasted vegetables with fresh herbs.
Behind the Cellar Door at Cooper Vineyards is all about Dick Cooper’s Barbera! Taste our flagship 2018 Barbera, tease yourself with futures Barbera barrel tasting, and conclude with the beautifully elegant 2017 Barbera Riserva. Winemaker Michael Roser’s masterful touch is evident in each sip of Cooper’s perfectly balanced and highly finessed Barbera. Enjoy the wines with “lite bites” from Motherlode Market and Deli as part of the BCD experience at Cooper Vineyards.
A personal wine host will guide you through a selection of unreleased, award-winning wines thoughtfully paired with small bites designed by our kitchen. Take in the views of the snowcapped sierras from our deck, while enjoying the acoustical Spanish guitar stylings of Jessie Hendricks. The tasting will include: Best of Show Winner 2019 Roussanne, Gold Winner 2016 Maestro de Bodega, Best Iberian 2016 Tempranillo – Frenchmen’s Creek, and a surprise fourth wine, not to disappoint!
Terre Rouge & Easton Wines
At Terre Rouge and Easton we practice sustainability and work organically in our Fiddletown vineyards. Gather around a barrel for a lively tasting of our organic Fiddletown wines: Viognier and two Zinfandels from our Rice-McDonald Vineyard and our DTR Ranch Syrah from bottle and barrel. Learn about élevage and why we bottle age our wines. Enjoy Jane’s Curry Chicken and Rice Salad and a logo glass to keep as our gift. BCD discounts on wine and a special Eco Wine 4-pack.
La Mesa Vineyards
Experience Amador’s newest tasting room, a modern glass design at our vineyard estate with stunning views. Learn about our innovative approach to small batch artisan winemaking using Flextanks, the latest winemaking technology. Barrel taste a flight of our wines – including the only Gamay Noir in Amador – showcasing the advantages of this technology. Paired with a selection of Asian Fusion hors d’oeuvres. Live music Saturday – Albertson Duo – and Sunday – Dustin Heer.
Rancho Victoria Vineyard
Are you a wine detective? Take our blind taste challenge and test your skills with a little help from our wine educators! We will be offering delicious food and wine pairings and have deep discounts on select wines.
Come enjoy Tanis Mission and Pinotage varietals and hear the story behind the grapes. Taste our Late Harvest Zinfandel with triple chocolate Zinfandel brownies. For extra fun don’t miss a special barrel tasting of our unique Rose’ Tannat!
Terra d'Oro Winery
Established as Montevina in 1970, and continuing as family owned pioneers in winemaking today as Terra d’ Oro Winery, we’ll take you on an educational exploration with our heritage flight of single vineyard Zinfandel’s. This includes a hand selected barrel sample of our winemaker’s choosing that will WOW your senses! Enjoy a trio of artisan cheese “flowers” on your own logo mini cheeseboard with your flight. Ask about our Cellar ticketholder specials all weekend!!
Le Mulet Rouge Vineyard & Winery
Experience a rare opportunity to visit our Fiddletown vineyard on Red Mule Road. Enjoy Le Mulet Rouge wines with small plates of BBQ brisket and three cheese mac. We will be featuring all estate wines at 15% off ½ case, 20% off a case. Cabernet Sauvignon, Reserve Syrah, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, and our blends, Liberte’ and Trois Amis – our select barrel tasting. Blending it Spanish style! Tres Amigos is Garnacha, Tempranillo, and Estate Syrah. Futures for 20% off 6, 30% off 12. (add’l. 5% for wine club).
Enjoy a pairing of assorted cheeses, chocolates, and fruit with your wine flight. A sausage minestrone soup will also be served for those who want something a little heartier. Have fun with your friends answering some of our wine trivia while sampling a new vintage from the barrel.
Iron Hub Winery
Relax on our lovely patio with gorgeous Sierra views and sip Iron Hub’s premium wines. Iron Hub’s father-son winemaking team will offer a white or a red wine barrel sample. The barrel samples give you a peek into the future and allow comparison with the bottled wines. We are serving our salmon chowder with bacon (recipe available) and crusty ciabatta bread. Your flight of 4 Iron Hub wines has been paired with the chowder for a delicious blend. Special wine offers available too.
Dobra Zemlja Winery
Join Dobra Zemlja Winery as we celebrate Behind the Cellar Door all three event days with an educational barrel tasting experience that will give guests a peek behind the scenes of the art of wine blending, personal antipasto plates that pair perfectly with our big Amador reds, no lightweights, fantastic wine specials on select wines, and the jazz guitar sounds of Ken Teel Saturday and Sunday from 10:30am to 3:30pm. Ziveli!
Join us at Holgate Hill in historic Amador City for a virtual tour from grape to bottle at the micro-winery level, then chat with our winemaker and his team- they’re pouring this weekend! We’re pairing our virtual tour with a flight of 5 small batch wines and Mole carnitas tacos.
Prospect Cellars is excited to share our newly released 2018 Vintage, including our first ever Sparkling Rose. Each wine will be presented with short virtual “seminars” featuring our winemaker, growers, and chef. Personal charcuterie boards offer the perfect pairings for the wine and an “instagramable” floral entrance will certainly be the photo highlight of your day. We can’t wait to safely welcome you back!
Scott Harvey Wines
Participating at Shenandoah Valley location only.
2021 Behind the Cellar Door At Scott Harvey Wines-Shenandoah Valley Only “A study of Amador Barbera and its many faces”
1. Pairing – 2017 Mountain Selection Barbera & liquid brie Mission fig coulis
2. Pairing – 2017 Scott Harvey J & S Reserve Barbera & Bagna cauda pipette Acme Bakery crostini, broccoli floweret
3. Pairing – 2018 Scott Harvey J & S Reserve “TOY” Barbera & Panang curry vegetable melody and cilantro dust ——-
4. Taste – You guess the varietal & year. Guess correctly and wine a Capa Bunga closure.
Created by Estate Chef Brian Overhauser
Visit The Barn at Amador Cellars to taste our most highly rated wines of 2020, including our Fiano, Grenache, Barbera, Zinfandel, and Farmhouse Red Blend. Snack on delectable Italian Muffuletta and truffle chips while enjoying the views of our beautiful estate vineyard. Finish off your tasting with a barrel sample of our 2019 Estate Zinfandel, poured by one of our winemakers who will also discuss the aging protocol and oak profile of the wine.
The End of Nowhere
We will showcase 4 unique expressions of Sierra Foothills terroir, including a 2020 barrel sample and a mix of new releases and spectacular aged wines. Paired with unique fare from a guest chef, The End of Nowhere tasting experience will highlight the diversity of foothills terroir with a spotlight on soil type and elevation. Attendees will leave with a better understanding of how Amador’s checkerboard of soils can shine through in the glass.
Di Arie Winery
We will be pouring 3 wines + mystery wine+ wine from the barrel = 5 wines total.
We will be offering the following discounts: 1 bottle = 10% 2 bottles = 15% 3-5 bottles = 20% 6+ bottles+ 25%.
Chaim will be conducting an educational interactive tasting with our flight of wines. He will be featuring his new innovative “never been seen or tasted before” blend from the barrel as a surprise to festival participants only! We will run our “Be A Sleuth” contest…….with Grand Prizes for the winners!
Bella Grace Vineyards
Participating at Shenandoah Valley location only.
Enjoy a selection of 4 white and red Bella Grace wines, perfectly paired with small bites by Chef Robert while viewing the surrounding vineyards. Learn the key elements of barrel aging with a fun stroll through our underground wine cave. During your stroll, stop for a barrel tasting of Barbera, aging in our impressive 792 gallon French Oak barrel. Then, time permitting, walk out to the vineyard for a vine pruning demo with winegrower Charlie, and take home a Zinfandel cutting for your garden!
Il Gioiello & Morse Wines
Il Gioiello Winery celebrates an all-Italian wine lineup including Sangiovese, Barbera, Vermentino, Montepulciano, Aglianico and our super Tuscans, with wood fired gourmet pizzas throughout the weekend. Our 2000+ foot elevation and rocky soils express the best of Italian varietals while being a few minutes above the valley. Friday evening will celebrate Saint Joseph’s Day, Italy’s Father’s Day with evening (5:30 – 7:30 PM) bonfires and Italian specialties. 20% Discount on mixed case purchases.
Taste a four vintage vertical selection of Syrah—“Futures” in the barrel from 2019 and 2020 vintages, along with bottled 2017 and 2018 Syrah, all from our Estate Vineyard. Talk about the wines with our winemaking team, and practice your wine evaluation skills using a helpful tasting framework that you can take with you. Enjoy a selection of specially-selected paired cheeses, beef tritip and spring accompaniments that will enhance the experience!
Distant Cellars maybe a bit off the beaten path, but we are worth the 5 minute drive off Shenandoah Rd. Distant Cellars will offer a flight of 5-6 wines. This includes award winning white, red blends, Zinfandels, Syrah, Petite Sirah and Barbera. These delicious wines will be paired with a scrumptious Cajun boil, cornbread, salad and sweet treat..a taste of New Orleans in Fiddletown! Distant Cellars offers deck seating, a tree garden and a welcoming staff.
VOTED BEST FOOD – EXPERIENCE THE DISTANT!
Join us for a flight of six wines and a barrel sample of our 2020 Barbera paired with seven artisan cheeses and dessert by Ingrid Fraser! Combine wine and live music as we we use the UC Davis 20 point scale to evaluate how music influences our perception of acidity, sweetness, fruitiness, astringency, and complexity in wine.
Convergence will be offering a skip-vertical wine experience. Taste 2 varietals over a five-year time horizon. Compare Primitivo and Syrah aged in the bottle for 3 years verses one year, next to a barrel sample with only 6 months in oak. Learn what to look for as colors change over time. Uncover the mysteries of the evolution of wine’s chemistry through aging. We will pair these verticals with our smoked Alaskan halibut and bacon chowder, and offer some great discounts on our vertical collections.
We want to welcome you back to Amador during Behind the Cellar Door. Our knowledgeable tasting room staff will take you through a 6-varietal wine sampler, selected from our extensive portfolio, perfectly paired with Cowgirl Creamery artisan cheeses, charcuterie and gourmet chocolates.
Relax on our spacious and open patio while tasting through a flight of our classic varietals and a hand selected barrel sample from our winemaking team! The wines will be thoughtfully paired with delicious bites from Taste, which you can enjoy while virtually learning about pruning and getting the vines prepared for the next harvest! Discounts and special gift pack offers for our BCD guests only!
Come see us at Borjon Winery to sample our classic wines: Sangiovese, Barbera, Zinfandel, Primitivo, and enjoy a barrel sample of Barbera Selección. Sample food from Nora’s Kitchen perfectly paired with our specially selected wine flight.
We will be serving our tasting menu of 6 reds and 1 white wine, along with a Behind the Cellar Door special barrel tasting. Warm up with a cup of Minestrone soup and crackers from Vinceguerra Ravioli Company.
Make your day at Bray! Join us to taste our estate bottled – and award winning – Petite Sirah, Barbera, Verdelho and Albarino. We’ll complement the wines with Tuscan soup, specialty cheeses and estate olive oil. Plus, we’ll draw from the barrels for tastings, and share some fun facts about wine and the magic that is the Sierra Foothills. As our guest you can take advantage of great Behind the Cellar Door discounts, too. You’ll leave happy and sassy – just like us!
Di Stasio Vineyards
We’ll be serving a house made penne pasta with a choice of sauce accompanied by an arugula salad with shaved Parmigiano Reggiano. We’ll feature barrel tasting of a yet to be released vintage with a tasting discussion. We’re also offering event specials on some our current wines. Please join us for what promises to be a very nice weekend in Amador County and enjoy our patio amongst the vineyards.
Paul J Wines
Paul J. Wines will be offering our full selection of handcrafted wines along with two types of smoky meat or veggie chili as well as bite size corn bread appetizers. Sip safely in our spacious and relaxing outdoor tasting area while enjoying the beautiful views of Shenandoah Valley. We will also be featuring both of our 2019 Barbera and 2019 Petite Sirah for our barrel tasting offering.
Enjoy a pairing of vegetarian bites with a custom flight of estate-grown Andis Wines as our Wine Maker, Mark Fowler leads a discussion on sustainability practices in the wine industry. Learn how to pair hearty vegetarian dishes with your favorite wines. BCD OFFER: $20 off a $100 purchase/ $60 off a $200 purchase/$105 off a $300 purchase.
Avio Vineyards & Winery
Voted Amador’s Best Tasting Room. Enjoy Live music by Tamara. Nosh on 5 delicacies expertly paired with our award-winning wines by the handsome and very French Chef Christophe. Memorable foods such as salmon rillettes, savory polpettes and not to miss, Sarment du médoc, a chocolate covered grape vine (sort of) paired with the release of our new Vin Santo. While enjoying the ambiance, learn how to prune a grape vine. All purchases will receive free smoking chips made from our retired wine barrels.
The following wineries will not participate in Behind the Cellar Door for 2021: Charles Spinetta Vineyard and Winery, Sobon Wines, Shenandoah Vineyards, Story Winery, Sera Fina Cellars, Turley Wine Cellars and Uphill Vineyards.