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Tuesday, 20 March 2018 16:48

State Historic Park Marks 168 Years

TASTE News Service March 20, 2018 - Gold was discovered in Columbia 168 years ago.

Monday, 12 March 2018 19:28

Wine Pick of the Week

Montevina 2013 Barbera Picmonkey

2015 Barbera



Amador County

Alcohol: 13.5%

Suggested Retail: $12

Tuesday, 02 January 2018 17:34

Winter is Closer and Finer Than You Think

TASTE News Service, January 3, 2018 - In the time it takes fog to completely blanket San Francisco, visitors from the Bay Area can reach Tuolumne County in the Sierra Foothills abutting Yosemite National Park.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017 18:01

Kautz Family Golden

by Bob Highfill

The 44-pound Crown Jewel at Ironstone Family Vineyards is the largest piece of crystallized gold in existence today.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017 23:48

Big Crush 2017

By Dan Clarke

When I first started visiting the Shenandoah Valley of California, there were wineries, but not nearly so many.

Thursday, 05 October 2017 18:12

A Visit to the Niello Concours d'Elegance

By Dan Clarke

Music was playing as I walked onto the lawn. It wasn’t a live band, but the sound system was good enough that I couldn’t be sure.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017 23:47

The Old West Returns to Mariposa

TASTE News Service, September 27, 2017 - One of the best preserved and well-known Gold Rush towns in the Sierra Nevadas is gearing up for its annual festival, celebrating the life, times, music and food of their pioneer founders.

Monday, 22 May 2017 01:09

Four Fires Draws Wine Buffs

By Michael Eady

May 6th was the third edition of Amador Four Fires.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017 16:04

Ten Winter Options in Gold Country

TASTE News Service, January 19, 2017 - The forecast for this time of year is wet weather, and while California always needs it, it's not always a welcome sight for visitors who have planned a trip to the Gold Country area along Highway 49.

By Darrell Corti

This 2015 Amador County Zinfandel is a commemorative wine.

It commemorates the 1965 Amador County Zinfandel made as a home wine that, in 1968, convinced Bob Trinchero of Sutter Home Winery in Napa Valley to begin buying Amador County grapes. A lot has happened in the last fifty years.

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