Amador’s Four Fires Festival – It’s where to go for the next “round”

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Wine and culinary enthusiasts will be crushing on Amador County this year as the Amador Four Fires Festival makes its debut on May 2, 2015.

Four celebrated wine regions inspire the craft of Amador’s winemakers and winegrowers while paired with the cuisine of star chefs who will all be cooking with open flame.

“We are thrilled to offer a full day of fun, informative, delectable and entertaining activities to festival goers interested in more than ‘just another tasting,’” comments Deirdre Mueller, co-creator of the event.

The Amador Four Fires Festival will offer a variety of culinary activities all designed to complement the fine wines of Amador County, including tastings that explore everything from local olive oils, handcrafted candies, honeys, cheeses, cider and craft beer to some of the best wines vetted by a panel of judges. The festivities will also showcase multiple cooking demonstrations, including a cowboy campfire, a sensory station and seminars covering topics from food and wine pairings, winemaking, tasting tips and “101” mini-courses. Rounding out the day are exclusive wine sales, a County Store and live music at two venues.

Craig Palmer comments “The idea of Amador Four Fires is to showcase the best of Amador County, capturing the spirit of family-owned winemakers, winegrowers, premier chefs and local artisan purveyors and artistic talent.

Yorba Vineyard

Taking place at the Amador County Fairgrounds in Plymouth, California, the Amador Four Fires Festival will feature over 200 wines available for tasting from more than 40 wineries, including Renwood Winery, Vino Noceta, Yorba Wines, Terra d’Oro Winery, Jeff Runquist Wines and Bellagrace Vineyards, to name a few (full vendor list at Guests will enjoy the four celebrated wine regions that inspire the art of Amador’s winemakers and growers: syrahs, mouvedres and grenaches from Southern France, Italian barberas, sangioveses, Super Tuscans, tempranillos and garnachas from the Iberian Peninsula and from California’s legendary heritage, true old vine Zinfandels.

In addition to a unique blend of wine tastings, the food will be extraordinary, inspired by the fiery traditions of cooking on an open flame from each of these wine regions, prepared with high drama and culinary expertise by Amador’s finest star chefs, namely Mark Berkner, Beth Sogaard, David Alvarez and showman Richard Lee.

Tickets and additional information available at

Proceeds Benefit the Amador County Fair Foundation.

Travel Tips:

  1. Any season of the year is a great time to visit Amador County, so for those that can’t make the festival, customize a trip to enjoy the many attractions of this
  2. Although the Amador Four Fires Festival is a one-day event, visitors will want to make a weekend out of the excursion. Suggested accommodations are The National Hotel in Jackson (www. com) or the Hotel Sutter in Sutter Creek (
  3. While festival attendees may get their fill of great tastings during the festival, visiting some of the wineries for more personal tastings should also tempt the palate. Some favorites include Sobon Estate, Shenandoah Vineyards, Renwood Winery, Terra d’Oro and Vino Noceto.
  4. Other diversions include cycling through the golden, rolling hills; fishing in one of the many rivers or lakes; golfing at one of two courses; exploring the many historical sites; antiquing in any of the county’s many charming shops; canvassing through the caverns and strange rock formations; and dining in the farm to fork eateries.
  5. To plan your trip, visit

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