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LESSONS LEARNED BY MANY WHO WENT ‘BEHIND THE CELLAR DOOR’

By Kirk Neiberger – Ledger Dispatch Contributor The Amador Vintners Association consisting of 36 wineries hosted their annual “Behind the Cellar Door” event last weekend. This oenophiles’ dream included sampling a wide variety of wines, poured from the bottle or … Continue reading

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Amador Cellars – Shenandoah Valley Wine and Family

By Kirk Neiberger – Ledger Dispatch Contributor After 25 years of being the CEO for Tahoe Forest Hospital, Larry Long, at age 52, along with his wife,  Linda, embarked on a new adventure.  In 2000, they purchased two parcels of land 49 … Continue reading

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Bray Vineyards has become a Shenandoah Valley Favorite

By KIRK NEIBERGER, LEDGER DISPATCH CONTRIBUTOR   When Oliver and Robin Bray bought their prime grape-growing acreage within the heart of Shenandoah Valley in 1996, they were no strangers to Amador County’s  well-established  wine country. Years before, Oliver, an attorney, had … Continue reading

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HARVEST NEARS COMPLETION AT COOPER VINEYARDS

By KIRK NEIBERGER LEDGER DISPATCH CONTRIBUTOR Editor’s Note: If grapegrowing isn’t gardening at its harvest. I don’t know what is. Cooper Winery is reigning champion in the Ledger Dispatch “Best of Amador” Readers’ poll for two years running. Rochelle Cooper … Continue reading

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BIG CRUSH AT 37 AMADOR WINERIES ENJOYED BY THOUSANDS

By Kirk Neiberger, Ledger Dispatch Contributor During the first weekend in October, more than 4,000 people descended upon Amador County’s wine country to participate in this year’s “Big Crush” event which was sponsored by Amador Vintners Association.  Thirty-seven wineries from all … Continue reading

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SERENDIPITY LEADS TO KARMERE WINERY

By Kirk Neiberger ledger dispatch contributor Nearly everyone’s heard the saying, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” In 2000, Shenandoah Valley wine grape growers, Todd Pickens and his wife, Marilyn Hoopes, had 84 acres of planted vineyards, with no … Continue reading

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ANNIVERSARY ON THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY WITH STORY WINERY

Cathy and I had planned a trip to San Francisco to celebrate our anniversary. We discovered that Story Winery near Plymouth, Ca. in the Shenandoah Valley was offering a Bay area cruise emanating from Jack London Square in Oakland, on … Continue reading

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DINNER HONORS AMADOR’S BEST OF COUNTY FAIR WINES

  By Kirk Neiberger ledger dispatch contributor Mary Ann McCamant, owner of the Imperial Hotel in Amador City had a simple idea, to celebrate the Amador County wineries that won gold medals at the recent Amador County Fair wine competition. … Continue reading

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Amador Wines Impressive in State Competition

By Kirk Neiberger ledger dispatch contributor   Amador County wineries that entered their wines in the very competitive 2012 California State Fair wine competition made an impressive showing. One such winery was BellaGrace Vineyards, in only its fifth year of … Continue reading

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Touring Amador wine country

By Kirk Neiberger Special Ledger Dispatch contributor On a bright spring afternoon in May, I ventured up the serpentine Shake Ridge Road toward what the Amador County locals call “Upcountry,” discovering a hidden treasure of 46 acres of pristine vineyards … Continue reading

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