Behind the Cellar Door Winery OfferingsView each winery's unique offerings to decide where to start and plan your weekend.
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WILL be selling wristbands/glassware on the day of the event.
Stave off the lingering wintertime chill at Cooper Vineyards with marinated tri-tip quesadillas, bean salad and barrel tastings! Try Cooper Vineyards upcoming wines in their purest form, visit with winemaker Michael Roser, and enjoy bites from Motherlode Market.
C.G. DiArie Vineyard & Winery
C.G. DiArie will be offering wine discounts “From Generation to Generation” Tasting with Winemaker of age worthy wines comprising of 3 generations. Enjoy a VIP special-select menu of small production, eclectic wines, not available to the general market, paired with Mediterranean Cuisine.
Dobra Zemlja Winery
Peek ‘behind the Dobra Zemlja cave door’ for delicious mali (little) bites, barrel tasting with winemaker Milan Matulich, and fantastic wine specials all weekend long! Dobra will be featuring the jazz guitar stylings of Ken Teel both Saturday and Sunday from 12pm to 4pm.
Enjoy a Turley Family Affair: Bell, Rinaldi, Cobb, and Upton! Explore these infamous families, and get a behind the scenes look of the grit and gumption needed to create vineyards that stand the test of time. Food: Chef Janos’s secret family Gypsy Goulash!
Terre Rouge & Easton Wines
Head to the cinema with wine, food and movie pairings throughout the day. The playbill includes Julie and Julia, Ratatouille, Sideways and Jane’s delicious food pairings. David Metcalf, on site Sommelier, guides you through Grenache comparisons at noon. Special discounts plus popcorn.
Iron Hub Winery
Celebrate the joy of wine by learning to identify the traditional wine aromas on Iron Hub’s patio with Sierra views and enjoying delicious food created to pair with award winning Iron Hub wines. Zinfandel brownies and potato bacon soup are included in their offerings as well as special features on cases too.
Legendre Cellars will be showcased at Amador 360, 18590 CA 49, Plymouth for Behind the Cellar Door. Join winemaker, Scott Mahon, for a fascinating glimpse into the power of air on wine at a Seminar: Let it Breathe! At 11:30, 1 & 3,
Decanters, aerators, swirling… What’s it do? Your wine can breathe.
Wine Tree Farms & Corinne Wines
Join Corinne of Wine Tree Farms and Corinne Wines for a walk through the vineyard to see the difference between – Syrah, Grenache & Mourvèdre in their dormant state, plus a pruning demonstration followed by wine tasting & breakfast.
- 9:30am Sat/Sun
- Reservations Required
Karmere Vineyards & Winery
Have you ever wondered if different yeasts and barrels make a difference in flavors? Join Karmere winemaker, Dawn Martella, and taste for yourself. Sat & Sun at 12 p.m. Head to the tasting room and enjoy barrel tasting and hearty minestrone soup.
Enjoy delicious beef brisket chili and honey buttered cornbread from Backyard BBQ paired with Sobon Wine’s 2016 Rocky Top Zinfandel.
At Shenandoah Vineyards you can enjoy Beef Brisket Sliders with all the fixings provided by Backyard BBQ, paired perfectly with Shenandoah Vineyard’s 2016 Zingiovese.
Pacific Coast Pasta Company will be joining Wilderotter Vineyard as they highlight wines from their extensive portfolio. The winemaking team will be on hand to guide you through the magic, from grape to bottle.
Charles Spinetta Winery
Enjoy Old World Vinegar making techniques (practiced since 1852) with the Charles Spinetta team daily at 11:30 a.m. Also, take time to peruse their extensive Wildlife Art Gallery.
Join Winemaker Michael Long as he guides you through a barrel tasting of his 2017 Zinfandel from barrels sourced from various forests, demonstrating the outcome the forest origin has on the wine. Zinfandel futures will be available. Seminars start at noon and take place on the hour.
Il Gioiello/Morse Wines
Get above the crowds for gourmet wood fired pizza & exceptional wines in the IlGioiello/Morse Wines barrel room. Seminars will take place at 1 & 3:30 pm daily. Enjoy Oak and toast level influence on new 2018 vintage wines. Take advantage of special event pricing and their best tasting line-up of the year.
Feist Wines will be offering farm to fork wood fired pizza and award winning wines in downtown Sutter Creek. Taste barrel samples paired with artisan cheeses and stay for live music 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.
Back by popular demand BRUNCH at Prospect Cellars. Sip your favorite wines alongside delicious brunch items in The BCD “lounge”. Don’t miss the Wine and Bacon pairing seminar both days at 11 and 2, and vintage closeout specials.
Paul J Wines
Join Paul J Wines for their first Behind the Cellar Door event! Enjoy barrel samples paired with Texas style hearty chili and veggie chili catered by Taste of Texas BBQ. Savor hearty reds, new release chilled wines and their best selling Oak Fermented Chardonnay.
Tanis will be pouring for Behind the Cellar Door at Burke Family Restaurant in the Ione Hotel. They will be serving 3 wines, each paired with a tasty bite. Tanis’ full wine line up can be found at the winery at 13120 Willow Creek Rd. in Ione.
Bella Grace Vineyards
Sit back, relax and take in the panoramic views of vineyards as Bella Grace pours double gold winning wines. Enjoy French onion soup from the Vintage Market. Taste a wide selection of olive oils and balsamic vinegars. Discounts on wines and oils!
Scott Harvey Wines
Scott Harvey Wines will offer a fault and flaws in wine class @ 12 & 2pm (Sat & Sun). In addition, Estate Chef Brian Overhauser, will prepare a featured dish that will be paired perfectly. Scott Harvey then invites you to taste through other Scott Harvey Wines varietals.
Taste and Learn Vineyard Cultural Practices with Winemaker Mark Fowler. Experience a heightened appreciation of the vine! Vineyard Tours will begin at 12:00 & 2:00 pm on Saturday and 12:00 on Sunday.
Nua Dair Vineyards
NOTE: Nua Dair Vineyards will not participate in this year’s Behind the Cellar Door due to damage from recent area wildfires. Visit nuadair.net to follow their rebuilding progress.
Join Distant Cellars for a“Spicy Low Country Boil” Smoky Sausage, plump shrimp, sweet corn, tender potatoes all perfectly pair with their bold hand-crafted and fruit forward style wines. Barrel tasting, vertical tasting & Ask a Winemaker will also be taking place throughout the day.
Rancho Victoria Vineyard
Drum roll, please…The famous Maine Lobster “Corn Dog” makes its triumphant return back to the Ranch! Also, on Sunday from 1 – 4 p.m. come visit with author Mandy Nash as she discusses her book, Merlot & Brussels Sprouts. Case and multi-bottle discounts will be available.
Terra d'Oro Winery - Home of Montevina
Celebrate their 49th year in Amador! Taste the difference with award winning TDO Zin in a 750ml vs. 1.5L. Pair wine samples with their tasty Mac-n-Cheese Bar, Seasonal Salad, and the famous Build a Brownie. Cheese Flowers and Crazy BCD specials all weekend!
Visit Borjon Winery and enjoy food offering from Nora’s Kitchen, live music, and specials on select wines.
Celebrate the Iditarod with Helwig Winery! They will feature Alaskan Inspired fare paired with IditaRed and other award winning wines. Iditarod finisher, Mary Helwig along with her sled dog Flurry, will be signing IditaRed bottles. Food served 11 am -3 pm.
Jeff Runquist Wines
Discover San Francisco International Wine Competition’s Winery of the Year. Taste Runquist award wining wines while enjoying smokey corn chowder and brownies from Andrae’s Bakery. Test your skills at their now “famous” aroma challenge.
24 Brix Winery
Paul Schmitz owner & winemaker will be presenting his unique style of award-winning winemaking. Paul has received a total of 7, 90+ awards including 98 points for his Petite Sirah & numerous awards for his Cabs. Serving classic lasagna & charcuterie.
Begin your day with Deaver! Pick up your glass at Deaver Winery and receive a complimentary gift. They will have wine specials and Barrel tasting throughout the day.
Avio Vineyards & Winery
Avio will be tempting you with delicious pork loin Tuscan sliders with creamy potato salad to taste alongside their exceptional wines. Their award winning Zinfandel will be just $99 case.
Taste the fruits of your labor at their pruning seminar: How to Prune for 12,752 Glasses of Wine; Get “hands-on” experience and take the clippings home with you – both days 11:30am and 2:30pm.
Le Mulet Rouge Vineyard & Winery
“Taste the Terroir” of Fiddletown estate Syrah grown in two distinct areas of Le Mulet Rouge’s vineyard. Experience the difference and buy futures of your favorite! Enjoy with hearty cheese grits, roasted red pepper and chorizo.
Taste TKC’s premium red wines, including a Syrah port. Discounts on select wines. Pair TKC signature wines with salmon chowder, aioli, tapenade, crab spread, garlic crostini, and Kalamata olives.
Join Uphill Vineyards for their first BCD weekend! They will be pairing red wine with spicy food. Contrary to myth, red wines with good acidity and well-integrated tannins work well with spicy food. The Uphill team will demonstrate by pairing their TnT blend (Tannat/Tempranillo) and the 2012 Tempranillo with a selection of spicy tapas.
Barrel taste wines straight from the barrel while enjoying Story Winery’s Artisan Grilled Cheese sandwiches, tomato bisque, and live music. Current releases as well as Library Wines will be available for tasting with special pricing.
Featured Wines with Pairings and Bottling demonstration: see their new bottling line at work and take home your own bottle of Drytown Cellars Water!
Bray Vineyards will be doing a comparative barrel sampling of 2017 and 2018 Zinfandel throughout both days. They will be serving Lasagna Soup.
Sera Fina Cellars
Wine, Hard Cider & Sera Fina’s famous Sangria with Caprese Skewers of organic Basil, Tomato & Mozzarella drizzled with barrel aged balsamic, olive oil & Italian spices. From 12-2pm Sera Fina will offer their coveted 2013 Napa Valley 50 Harvest Meritage!
Vino Noceto Winery
Enjoy California’s best Sangiovese, barrel room tastings, and wood fired pizza from Molto Benny! Vino Noceto has been producing Sangiovese for over 31 years, and we want to share our passion and knowledge of wine, surrounded by good food and friends!
Join us for Cornish Game Hen and Wild Rice Stew. All wines poured have won 90-95 points in competitions. We will be offering barrel tasting for futures sales at 12 and 2 pm each day. 25% case discount, 30% on 3 cases. Bring your friends!
Join us for BCD to celebrate the grand opening of our Historic Amador City tasting room! Enjoy meatballs and California Caprese Skewers while you chat with Rob and Cassidy Holgate about how they started a boutique winery.
Visit Dillian Winery where we will be serving handmade ravioli from Vinciguerra Ravioli Company. Guests can barrel taste and purchase futures of 2017 Hangtree Zinfandel for $199.00 per case. For the event special we are offering our “Sorella” blend for $17.99 a bottle.
End of Nowhere
Looking for a twist on classic Amador wines? Look no further. Winemaker Chris Walsh will be pouring unique, local wines made without chemical additives while explaining the natural wine movement that has swept California by storm in the past decade.