Archive for August, 2013

Volcano Union Inn and Pub

The Inn is located in an 1880’s Boarding House and Saloon the building has been renovated to provide you with all of the modern creature comforts (except for a phone in room). Our staff is dedicated to excellent service and making sure you have all the information you need to make your stay more enjoyable. Live theater in town, balconies to spend the day upon, great food served in the Pub downstairs, shuffle board and darts. Outdoor activities, wine tasting and shopping are just 25 minutes away. Open year around. The Pub is open Friday through Monday. Highly rated on Come join us for a relaxing get away and you may never want to go home!


Jackson Rancheria Casino and Hotel

Of course, we offer all the comforts you’d expect from a first-class casino and hotel. But at Jackson Rancheria, the difference lies in our service. Stay here — and let us amaze you.

As our guest, you’ll enjoy complimentary bell and valet services, room service, and so much more. Relax in the pool or hot tub. Indulge in unique restaurants. And if you prefer to travel by RV, you can enjoy all these amenities in addition to those of our RV park.

The Hanford House Bed and Breakfast Inn

A red brick Inn featuring 17 rooms with a harmonious blend of contemporary and a touch of historical design. All rooms with modern amenities. Inclusive of your stay is a welcoming glass of local wine, fresh baked scones delivered to your door each morning as well as a freshly prepared full breakfast selected by each Inn guest.

49er Village RV Resort

Cottage rentals with continental breakfast, full hook-up RV sites, Wi-Fi, and recreation complex with two pools. Deli-espresso cafe opens 7 a.m. daily. Located next to the Amador County Fair Grounds.


California’s signature grape variety is also Amador County’s specialty, representing over two-thirds of the county’s 3,330 acres of bearing vines. The region’s old, dry-farmed, low-yielding hillside vines, most head-trained and on their own roots, produce robust, full-bodied, spicy zinfandels with ripe blackberry and plum fruit, cedar, clove and anise spice, and hints of raisin and cocoa. Zinfandels from Shenandoah Valley tend to be riper and earthier than Fiddletown zins, which display brighter, more cherry-like fruit tones. Amador zinfandels are versatile food wines especially well-matched with hearty dishes such as grilled red meats, tomato-sauce pastas, and flavorful cheeses.


Viognier (French pronunciation: ​[viɔɲje]) is a white wine grape. Both California and Australia now have significant amounts of land devoted to the Viognier grape. Viognier wines are well known for their floral aromas, due to terpenes, which are also found in Muscat and Riesling wines. There are also many other powerful flower and fruit aromas which can be perceived in these wines depending on where they were grown, the weather conditions and how old the vines were. The highly aromatic and fruit forward nature of the grape allows Viognier to pair well with spicy foods


Tempranillo is a variety of black grape widely grown to make full-bodied red wines in its native Spain. It grows best at relatively high altitudes, but it also can tolerate a much warmer climate. Tempranillo wines are ruby red in colour, while aromas and flavours can include berries, plum, tobacco, vanilla, leather and herbs.


Renowned in France’s Rhône Valley and in Australia (where it’s known as Shiraz), syrah is a rising star throughout California, including Amador County. In cooler regions, the grape yields wines with a firm structure and aromas of blackberry, violets, white pepper and roasting meat, while in warmer regions like Amador, the wines have a fleshier texture, riper black fruit and spice aromas, and plump, rich flavors with supple tannins. Syrah is delicious with grilled meats, steak, roast beef and lamb.

Sauvignon Blanc

Many Amador County wineries make excellent sauvignon blanc, a crisp, zesty, medium-bodied white wine with bright citrus and melon fruit often accented with herbal tones. Because Amador is a warm growing region, its sauvignon blancs tend more toward the citrus/melon end of the spectrum, with little overt herbaceousness, and make a fine accompaniment to simply prepared seafood and poultry dishes.


Sangiovese is the noble grape of Italy’s famed winegrowing region of Tuscany, where it produces the red wines of Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino, and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. Virtually unknown in California before the 1990s, it is now planted throughout the state. With myriad clonal variations, a propensity to crop heavily, and a tendency toward hard tannins, sangiovese must be managed carefully in both the vineyard and winery. When it is, the grape can produce lovely, medium-bodied red wines boasting complex plum, cherry, dried flower, and Asian spice aromas. Sangiovese’s bright, red-fruit flavors are well-suited to herb-marinated grilled chicken and simply prepared beef and lamb dishes.