As Northern California warmed to springtime, we made our first visit of the year to sun-washed Jamestown. After a wonderful kickoff tasting at Inner Sanctum Cellars, we walked down Main Street to the other jewel the town’s winery crown, Gianelli Vineyards. It was time to explore their latest releases!
Wine tasting in Amador
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We absolutely love small wineries! The connection between the winemaker and the wine lover is at its most intimate. Every vintage is a new adventure and a fresh glimpse into the evolution of the winery. We returned to Inner Sanctum Cellars for a third year to see where their journey had taken them.
The newest winery in Jamestown, California, is Inner Sanctum Cellars. Don’t be fooled by the size of the tasting room, this young winery makes a big statement with both the quality and the quantity of its wine list. We recently had a chance to revisit Inner Sanctum, and there was a lot to like!
The quaint town of Jamestown, California, features antique shops, prospecting equipment stores, and of course, wine tasting rooms. While we enjoy browsing antiques and the prospecting equipment is intriguing, but nothing excites us quite like exploring the tasting rooms!
Quick, name the winery that aspires to be the “California’s Sangiovese Specialist.” Hint: this winery is in the Shenandoah Valley and features an enormous dog’s head in the lawn. Did you guess Vino Nocento?
Pluck a classic winery from a Napa picturebook and place it in the Shenandoah Valley and you would end up with something that looks a lot like Turley Wine Cellars. It is not a coincidence in this case. Turley Wine Cellars has its roots deep in Napa.
Not every winery name rolls off the tongue as easily as its wine. Case in point: the Dobra Zemlja Winery. Full bodied wines made in a bucolic setting. If only I could pronounce their name!
Not all wineries in the Shenandoah Valley of Amador County are actually in the valley. Perched atop a ridge with a commanding view of said valley, plus some amazing car-casses (you’ll understand in a bit) to inspect, Driven Cellars excites on many levels.
It is well known that growing grapes is a dangerous business. At first, everything seems fine, with happy winemakers buying your grapes and leaving you in peace. Slowly, though, the urge creeps up, “maybe I can make wine, too!” That’s the moment when peaceful agriculture transforms into the often crazy world of wine making. Case in point: Bray Vineyards. Luckily for all of us wine drinkers, they are thriving in the winemaking world, so we can all enjoy the delicious fruits of their labors!
Hello? Hello? Can you hear me now? Or, in this case, can you taste me now? In a triumph of transition, success in the highly technical communications field was transformed into success in the highly creative winemaking field. Our visit to Amador County kicked off with a visit to the success story that is Wilderotter Vineyard.
Gianelli Vineyards in Jamestown, California, is an island for Italy in the heart of gold country. The grape varietals are Italian, the wines have strong Italian influences, you would not be surprised to hear Italian spoken in the tasting room! Our visit proved that the GPS can be ignored. Trust your palate, this is the […]
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R&B Cellars in Richmond
Brazilian Halloween Party
Thursday, October 28th
Put on your costume and
dance to the music of NDL
Namorados da Lua
(Translated from Portuguese as
"Lovers of the Moon")
Lots of fun awaits you at Riggers Loft!!
Tickets / Reservations are $15
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Cedar Mountain in Livermore through Oct 31
Halloween Candy and Wine Pairing
Oct 30 - Oct 31
Noon - 3pm
$5/Club Member + 1 guest
$5 Candy Only
Find out what Halloween candies pair with these wines
Sauvignon Blanc - Chardonnay
Primitivo Zinfandel - Viognier Port
Cabernet Royale Port - Tortuga Royale Port
Call 925-373-6636 to make a wine tasting reservation.
Without a reservation we cannot guarantee there will be a spot available for you/your group.
Charles R Vineyards in Livermore through Oct 31
October 30 & 31, 12:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Fall is in the air, join us for a fun filled weekend, take a shot at the Pumpkin Cork Toss, roast s'mores over the fire pit flames, and pack up a picnic to enjoy on the garden patio to pair with your favorite Charles R wine.
Vina Moda in Murphys
Join us, as we celebrate the end of our Harvest Season with our annual Halloween Costume Party! This year we thought it would be appropriate to go with a post-apocalyptic theme, after the crazy 18 months we've all experienced!
The festivities will begin at 6:00 with live music from Plan B and a vertical tasting of our Barbera, starting with the 2012 vintage and ending with our 2018 vintage!
We will provide a self-serve Chili and Burrito Bar for guests who are hungry! Let us know in advance if you have any food allergies so that we can be sure to provide an alternative option for you!
RSVP to email@example.com. Ticket pricing is $50 for Wine Club and $60 for Guests. Space IS limited, so reserve your spot soon!
We will continue to monitor the Covid-19 situation, following all mandates and protocols in regards to events. We are prepared to have socially distanced tables, just as we have done for our events over the past year+. Regardless of mandates, all guests will have the option to have an indicator at their table stating that they are only to be approached with masks ON. We want all of our guests to feel comfortable!
** Reminder: This is an outdoor event and October evenings get cool when the sun goes down! If permitted, we will light the bonfire after dark. **
Las Positas Vineyards in Livermore
Sunday October 31st
Join us for our annual Halloween Candy & Wine Pairing
LPV Estate Wines paired with your favorite Halloween Candy
Pairing Flight is $30
Come in Costume and receive a special pour!
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Charles R Vineyards in Livermore
UKULELE JAM & OPEN MIC
Saturday, November 6, 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
We be jammin’ one last time! Join us on the Charles R garden patio, all you need is a ukulele and knowledge of a few basic chords, or just come to listen and sing along. Music sheets will be provided, everything from Tin Pan Alley to Classic Rock, to favorite pop songs, Hawaiian and more. An Open Mic session will give those with more expertise a chance to strut their stuff! Email Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org for a PDF of the songs in advance.
Enjoy a holiday inspired Sangria mixed with our Port, and you can take home the recipe for your celebrations.
Make your reservation in advance, bring a picnic, kids are welcome, and your $10 reservation fee will be applied to wine purchase.
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