THE LATE ’60s AND ’70s LARGELY marked the start of Northern California’s modern winemaking era: Robert Mondavi opened his winery in Napa Valley, the Silverado wine trail was born, and California wines topped some of France’s finest in a blind tasting competition dubbed the “Judgment of Paris.”
The foothills also experienced a milestone in wine grape [...]
AMONG ALL FOOTHILL WINERIES, ANDIS WINES is one of the most stunning. It is a state-of-the-art winery with “green” design, panoramic views of the Shenandoah Valley and a 20-acre vineyard.
Most of the vineyard is zinfandel, planted in 1978. Andis also buys fruit from local growers. Andis’ estate-grown zin has won a double-gold and its sémillon [...]
AMADOR COUNTY’S MICROCLIMATES are as diverse as any in California, ranging from oak-studded hillsides at 900 feet to Sierra peaks that top 9,000 feet. Besides offering a year round playground—for cycling, fishing, skiing and other activities— the county’s terroir, climate and soils are ideal for growing premium wine grapes.
The majority of Amador’s 3,700 vine acres [...]
LIKE A LITERARY ROUNDTABLE, a new generation of wine professionals in our region have been meeting regularly to taste wine and share their experiences.
Each month, Sierra Starr winemaker and sommelier Jackson Starr hosts a gathering at the winery’s tasting room in downtown Grass Valley.
The group includes Dawn Empson, chef and head of the new wine [...]
The largest competition of American wines in the world names the best of the best. With 7,164 entries this year, the final results are in and Placer County’s vintners hauled in 46 medals including 12 bronze, 25 silver, 6 gold, one double gold and two best of class awards. Congratulations to all the [...]
FANS OF AMADOR COUNTY wines will be treated to an assortment of Barberas, Syrahs, old-vine Zinfandels, Sangioveses, Viogniers and other wines that flourish in Amador’s rich mountain terrain and hillside vineyards.
These delicious, food-friendly wines will be showcased at the Amador Vintners’ annual “Behind the Cellar Door” weekend wine extravaganza on March 5-6 from 11 a.m. [...]