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Join us for authentic Mexican food hors d’oeuvres and live music. We will be serving our award-winning Borjón label wines as well as our always popular Los Portales label, single varietals and blends.
Come sample our Sangiovese Reposado, Barbera Reposado, Zinfandel Reposado, Primitivo Reposado and Petite Sirah Reposado, Los Portales Tempranillo.
Come enjoy comforting lasagna soup from Velvet Creamery perfectly paired with our vertical wine tasting experience, demonstrating the difference a year can make. Sample Tempranillo wines from the same vineyard from the barrel, from the bottle and from the library.
Il Gioiello Winery
Il Gioiello Winery will be hosting super Tuscans explained and tasted. Taste our Sottovoce and Triumphe blends of Sangiovese and Bordeaux varietals with Pizza and blue cheese to discover how well they go with powerful flavors. These palate pleasing discussions will take place at 10am & 3pm on Saturday and 4pm on Sunday.
We will also be serving Vermentino, Sangioveses, Barberas, Montepulcianos and Super Tuscan blends.
Cooper winemaker, Michael Roser only hosts barrel tastings twice a year—so don’t let the rare opportunity to try Cooper favorites at our most authentic pass you by during Behind the Cellar Door! Moroccan-spiced pork tenderloin, grilled veggies, Greek salad and fresh grilled bread will fill your plate while we grace your glass with our assorted award-winning red and white single-varietals and blends.
Come to Feist Wines and enjoy beef bourguignon, artisan cheeses and crudite’ while taking an in-depth look into barrel tasting. Taste three wines from the barrel along with three bottled wines; a unique opportunity to understand the aging process.
We will also be featuring our Barbera, Viognier and custom Red Blend.
Avio Vineyards & Winery
At Avio we will be tempting you with Tuscan sliders; garlic and rosemary roasted pork loin with caramelized onions on a fresh roll with creamy potato salad to taste alongside our exceptional wines. Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Zinfandel, Barbera, Super Tuscan – Red Blend, Pinot Grigio, Vin Santo – Red Dessert Wine will all be available for tasting.
Join us for our pruning seminar to taste the fruits of your labor:“How to Prune for 12,752 Glasses of Wine”. Get “hands-on” experience and take the clippings home with you. The seminar will take place both days at 11:30am and 2:30pm.
Find out why whites wines pair best in our customized cheese pairing. Enjoy a pulled pork slider while discussing how our Wilderotter Vineyard bold red wines enhance the flavors.
Taunt your palate with our line up of Roussanne, Sauvignon Blanc, Rose, Grenache, Tempranillo and Petite Sirah.
Join us at our intimate tasting room for savory meatball sliders paired perfectily with our Uphill Vineyards Primitivo and Rosato di Primitivo paired with a goat cheese delight.
Together we will explore how one red grape can make two completely different wines.
We will also be pouring our Rosato di Primitivo, Primitivo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Tempranillo.
Terre Rouge & Easton Wines
At Terre Rouge/Easton Wines we will be sampling Smoked Salmon Rillettes with Enigma and Olive Tapenade Pork Tenderloin with High Slopes Syrah.
Spend some time with us to learn about the art of élevage. What is élevage? Since 1990 we have nurtured our wines in bottle for several years before release, allowing us to enjoy the wine when it is ready to drink. Taste side-by-side Syrahs that are still sleeping vs. the current release.
We will also offer tastes of our Sauvignon Blanc, Grenache, Syrah, Zinfandel and Barbera.
Iron Hub Winery
Spend some time taking in our breathtaking valley views while you chat with Iron Hub’s winemakers, Tom Jones and son Spencer, who will answer all of your wine making questions. Enjoy tasting new wines with them as they use the thief with our French Oak barrels.
Enjoy Rich Truffle Mac & Cheese paired with Grenache or Sauvignon Blanc and delicious Paella with our Zinfandels.
Our tasting room will also offer samples of Zinfandel, Barbera, Grenache, red blend, Dessert wine, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
Dobra Zemlja Winery
At Dobra Zemlja we will be pairing our hearty, unfiltered wines, with a seasonal soup from Motherlode Market.
From 11am to 2pm on Saturday and Sunday, we will be offering an educational barrel-tasting experience with winemaker and owner Milan Matulich.
From 11am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday, enjoy the jazz sounds of guitarist Ken Teel. Throughout the weekend, we will be offering fantastic sales on select wines.
Come taste our Viognier, Red Blends, Grenache, Sangiovese, Zinfandel, and two port-style wines.
Le Mulet Rouge Vineyard & Winery
Join us in historic Sutter Creek to celebrate white and red Bordeaux varietals with Sauvignon Blanc and Artisan paired with savory bites. Artisan is a crafted blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Malbec from the Fiddletown AVA. Taste the blend and the components, exploring their individual influences and food-friendly combination. Special event pricing on Artisan.
In addition to Artisan and Sauvignon Blanc, we will also be pouring Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon.
For Behind the Cellar Door we will have two great opportunities to save: Artisan and Cabernet Sauvignon will be 20% off per bottle. Mystery cases for sale at $189 – a $128 savings!
Peek behind the doors at Rombauer and sample our El Dorado Zinfandel, still in the barrel. Enjoy two savory bites to pair with our El Dorado Zinfandel and Carneros Chardonnay. We will also have Rombauer Merlot available for tasting.
Take advantage of our Behind the Cellar Door special offers! With a 6 bottle purchase receive 15% off, club members will receive 20% off.
Jeff Runquist Wines
At Jeff Runquist Wines, come try a hearty beef and barley stew with our 2017 Primitivo, and Andrae’s delectable brownies perfectly paired with our 2017 Petite Sirah.
Also, back by popular demand…challenge your olfactory prowess! A neutral wine has been doctored to provide twenty commonly used descriptors for red wine. See how many you can identify and calibrate your schnozzola.
We will also be offering samples of Rose of Sangiovese, Barbera, Syrah, Malbec and Muscat Canelli at the tasting bars.
C.G. Di Arie Winery
At C.G. Di Arie enjoy the ever popular “The Art of Blending” Seminar: In an interactive tasting, Chaim will share with you how he creates “Proprietor’s Blend”, his most popular Gallery Collection Club wine. You will taste the blend and its three components – Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Syrah.
We will also host Mediterranean cuisine paired with our eclectic Mediterranean collection of wines.
Amador Cellars will serve delicious Tuscan Cannellini Stew paired with several Italian varietals and specialty cheeses paired with Estate Zinfandel and Petite Sirah.
Winemaker Michael Long will be hosting a seminar on three popular Amador County varietals. He will describe the distinguishing features of each varietal and then guests will get to participate in a blind tasting to guess which varietal is which based on the information they have learned. Seminars will be held at 12pm, 1:30pm, and 3pm each day.
In our tasting room you can also sample our Sauvignon Blanc, Sangiovese, Barbera, Montepulciano, Zinfandel and Petite Sirah.
Route 88 Band will be playing live Rock ‘n’ Roll classics on Saturday from 11:30-3:30pm. Come see our special discounts on select wines.
Terra d'Oro Winery
Terra d’Oro Winery is celebrating 50 years of winemaking in Amador! Get vertical Behind our Cellar Doors with an intimate Vintage Port barrel sampling by our winemaking team. Don’t miss an interactive barrel room tour from above on the Mezz. Special Library wine tasting with cheese pairing, along with Early Bird Specials until 1PM both days for Behind the Cellar Door participants.
We will host our popular Build Your Own Mac n’ Cheesy Bar and a dreamy Chocolate “fix!”Sample our award-winning wines available for purchase.
Celebrate our one year anniversary of Holgate Hill’s Historic Amador City tasting room at Behind the Cellar Door! Pair gourmet Mac n’ Cheese with a diverse flight of Holgate Hill wines!
Ever wondered how to tell if your favorite wine will age well, or if you should drink it now? Visit Holgate Hill to learn about the correlation between age-worthy wines and oxidation.
We will also be pouring Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, G.S.M. and Syrah.
Visit us for hearty Argentinian grass-fed beef lentil stew with bacon cheddar cornbread. We will be offering barrel tasting for futures purchases at 12 noon and 2pm each day. Sample our other delicious wines: Primitivo, Zinfandel, Syrah, Cabernet and our Italian Job, and Ranger blends.
All wines poured have won 90 – 95 points in competitions. We will also have special event case discounts available. Bring your friends!
Scott Harvey Wines
Join us for Vinceguerra’s delicious hand-made raviolis – always a fan favorite! Taste our wines, including our award-winning Sangiovese and our Vino Nostro Fifteen-Year Anniversary Reserve Blend.
We will also offer samples from the cellar of our 2019 vintages along with the opportunity to purchase Futures of one of our 2019 varietals (TBD).
Rancho Victoria Vineyard
Come and Understand Wine Tasting 101 – A guide to navigate wine, with our resident sommelier, Victor Turinsky. You will learn how to taste wine and understand your palate, and get the basics on tannins, oak, acidity and more. Join us Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
Don’t miss the Butter Poached Maine Lobster “Corn Dog” & Hearty Vegetable Stew with Farro, Mushroom, and Curry.
Enjoy Rosé, Chardonnay, Petite Sirah, Primitivo, Cabernet Sauvignon and our Red Blends in the tasting room.
We’ll kick up the excitement with live county music by Shawna Lea and the Hired Guns. Also, take advantage of DEEP discounts on wine!!!
Paul J Wines
Join us for barrel samples of our 2018 Barbera & 2018 Petite Sirah. This will pair well with Milts Taste of Texas’ smoked & vegetarian chili with cornbread.
Enjoy tastes of our Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Barbera, Petite Sirah, Tannat.
We will have wine sales & specials all weekend long!
Karmere Vineyards & Winery
Join our winemaker, Dawn Martella as she takes you through a sample tasting of wines made from different yeasts and discusses the role that yeast selection plays in flavor development. Class time: 12:00. Please dress warmly for cellar conditions.
We will be serving hearty sausage and vegetable soup paired with Barbera. A vegetarian option will also be available.
We are so excited to have a live demonstration of wine barrel building by a professional Cooper. Don’t miss this unique opportunity.
Sample delicious Italian food paired with our world class Sangiovese (and Frivolo)!
Bella Grace Vineyards
Enjoy French onion soup, and taste a selection of olive oils and balsamic vinegars with fresh ciabatta bread.
Learn the key elements of barrel aging. A guided tour of the Bella Grace underground wine cave will explain the process of barrel selection, barrel management, wine racking and topping, and proper temperature and humidity control. Finish the tour with a tasting of port wine directly from the barrel.
After your barrel education and tour of the wine cave, sit back, relax and take in the panoramic views of our vineyards as we pour you our double gold winning wines. Sample Vermentino, Port style red, Barbera and Old Vine Zinfandel.
All festivities will be held at the Bella Grace vineyard and wine cave location in Plymouth.
Celebrate the Iditarod with us! Alaskan inspired fare, award winning wines and fun surprises! Come meet an Iditarod competitor! we will have Mary Helwig talking about her Iditarod race experience from 11-3 p.m both days. Sample our 2016 IditaRed paired with fresh baguette, cream cheese, smoked salmon and capers.
Try our 2017 Gold Country Rose, 2015 Gold Country Red (red blend), 2016 IditaRed (red blend) and 2015 Old Driller Zinfandel. Don’t miss our other award-winning wines! We will also be offering a $79 case special on our Gold Country Rose!
Come to Distant and try a variety of traditional Stromboli and an assortment of salads paired with our Semillon and Zinfandel Wines.
You can also sample barrel tastings of Fiddletown AVA Zinfandel/Alicante Blend Port Style. Taste through our wine flight to include white, Zinfandel, Syrah and Petite Sirah. Enjoy the sounds of “Bob Rawleigh” with classic R & B and Motown.
Don’t miss a true peek Behind the Cellar Door at Andis Wines, with hands on education and custom food and wine pairings.
Enjoy samples of a whole roasted hog paired with our Zinfandel and select Cow Girl Creamery cheeses with our Barbera.
*Do it yourself bottling & corking station. Just like the wine makers do! Featuring Andis Cuvee Blanc – 6 for $50 or 12 for $70 (500ml).
*How to properly propagate – learn how to properly trim and propagate grape vines. Receive a fresh grapevine cutting from our estate. Start your own home vineyard or grow the vines for beautiful decor in the yard.
*Wine Blending – Learn why certain varietals are used in blends while sipping on Andis Wines Painted Fields Red Blend.
We will also pour samples of our Semillon, Cuvee Blanc (white blend), Zinfandel, Barbera and Painted Fields (Red Blend).
Turley Wine Cellars
Join us at Turley Wine Cellars for a progressive Zinfandel tasting designed to explore the differences between wines from young versus old vines, California versus Amador blends, and finally regional wines versus single vineyard designates. This tasting menu features the debut of three 2018 vintage wines!
Sean Carscadden will be performing Blues-inspired tunes all weekend long!
The End of Nowhere
Enjoy an open discussion about natural wines led by winemaker and sommelier, Chris Walsh, while sampling new wines from the 2019 vintage.
Sample special appetizers created by Caloma chef, Andy Chavez, from locally sourced meats and produce.
Experience our ongoing seminar: Wine Glass Basics. Same wine, four glasses. See how the glass impacts the experience.
Enjoy handcrafted 3 Cheese Ravioli with Sugo di Fungi (vegan) paired perfectly with our 2017 Barbera. Sample Polpettini all’ arrabbiata with our 2017 Sangiovese and ricotta-beef meatballs in “angry” tomato sauce (GF).
Di Stasio Vineyards & Wines
Come try a barrel tasting of our soon to be released Super Tuscan Blend for everyone. Our winemaker will be holding a hands-on seminar for wine blending. Attendees will take home a bottle of their own blend. Two sessions will be available on Saturday at 11:30 and 2:00. Sessions are limited to 10 persons. RSVP directly to the winery to hold your spot in one of the sessions. (209) 893.4564.
Taste wine in the barrels at Drytown and purchase “Futures:” invest now and earn returns of over 30%! Reserve Barbera, Estate Cabernet Franc, Amador Syrah, and Sierra Foothill Malbec. “Poster” Seminar on Wine Labelling! Learn to make informed decisions on your wine purchases at wine shops. Take home label samples to add to your collection.
We’ll be pairing our featured wines with gourmet cheeses specially selected to complement and highlight the varietal character.We’ll also be preparing Grilled Pork Loin to help sustain you, and offering Wild Mushroom Bisque & Red Pepper Smoked Gouda Soup, along with hearty Sourdough Baguettes, and Honey Crisp Salad.
Sample our Estate Riesling (off dry), Estate Merlot, Amador County Mourvedre and Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon.
Charles Spinetta Winery & Wildlife Art Gallery
Come take in the art and the amazing art of wine at Charles Spinetta, where we will be tasting a twenty (20) year old Zinfandel…!!
On Sunday afternoon at 1:00 we will hold a Seminar on how to make Vinegar with a “Mother” that is over 175 years old…!!
Visitors can also select a group of 4 sweet wines or a 4 Dry wines for tasting.
Enjoy vineyard tours & tasting with Rob the Winemaker at 1pm & 3pm both Saturday and Sunday (weather permitting).
We will offer barrel tastings of Chardonnay, Syrah, Reserve Zin, Barbera, and Cabernet, in addition to our currently bottled tastings: Chardonnay, Mission, Sangiovese, Syrah and Zinfandel.
In our quaint atmosphere enjoy live music, award winning wines and specials on cases & bottles.
Enjoy Salmon Chowder, Garlic Aioli, and delicious Tapenade with a barrel tasting of our 2017 Mourvedre at special future pricing.
Guests can also sample Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Zinfandel, Mourvedre, red blends and Port.
We will be offering special discount prices on select wines and 30% off reg price for case sales.
Sera Fina Cellars
Don’t miss our bacon-wrapped Jalapeno Peppers paired with our 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, 2015 Primitivo or Mango & Muscat Cider.
Complimentary tastings of our Napa Valley Oak Knoll Meritage including specials on bottles and cases will take place from 12-2 PM.
You can also sample our Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Primitivo, Red Blend, Mango & Muscat Hard Apple Cider, and Pinot Grigio Hard Apple Cider.
South Slope Wines
Participate in an open discussion with our South Slope Wines founder, Myles McMahon, about the business side of what it takes to start your our winery in the new age.
Saturday and Sunday 12:00 p.m.
Enjoy Lobster Risotto in a Viognier butter sauce AND a Sangiovese infused Vegan Stew while you sample our Barbera, Cabernet, Cab Franc, Touriga National, Viognier, Syrah and a special release of our 2017 Sangiovese.
Feel the groove with our live music from 12 -4 and special wine discounts offered to all BCD patrons. We’re off the beaten path but it’ll be worth it!