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San Francisco Chronicle Article: Why Amador County is a wine lover’s paradise

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Within the valleys and hills of Amador County, stretching some 70 miles into the Sierra Nevada east of Sacramento, grow some of the country’s oldest grape vines. One Zinfandel vineyard there, for example, dates to 1869.

Established during the Gold Rush, wine growing here waned on pace with gold fever, and even further during Prohibition. In the past 80 years, however, viticulture in Amador has made incremental steps, transitioning from the basic fortified wine of the 1950s to the modern wave of artisan wines.

The focal point for grape growing here is the cool Shenandoah Valley in the northern part of the county, where vineyards stretch from 1,200 to 2,400 feet above sea level. The rolling hills here feature soil suitable for old-world varieties like Barbera and Sangiovese, as well as hardy Zinfandel and Rhone varieties.

It’s been a long, slow growth, but Amador County is becoming a destination known for more than just its history.

“You have a lot of really capable people making wines in this region now, at a very high professional level,” says Bill Easton, owner and winemaker of two labels, Terre Rouge and Easton, in Plymouth. “The reason that there’s more attention on the foothills is people are paying more attention to where they grow grapes.”

It’s too early to call it a new Napa, but winemaking in Amador is ascendant, drawing both dedicated oenophiles and weekend tasters looking to pair subtle, interesting wines with a laid-back atmosphere.

“Amador has an incredible quaintness to it,” says winemaker Paul Sobon, emphasizing the reasonable prices for bottles and tastings in the area. “You can still come into any of our tasting rooms of the bigger wineries and likely meet the winemakers or owners.”

Here are the latest developments in the county’s wine scene.

Award Winners

There’s been a recent spate of prestigious national awards bestowed on local winemakers.

Easton himself has won several: In 2016, he was one of Wine Enthusiast’s five Winemaker of the Year nominees, and became the fourth-ever recipient of the Rhone Rangers Lifetime Achievement award for his work promoting Rhone varietals in California. That same year, Terre Rouge was named one of Wine & Spirits magazine’s top 100 wineries in the world.

Easton plays down the accolades. “One of the keys to our success was … really understanding volcanic and granitic soils in this particular climate environment,” he says.

Other Amador wineries recently have taken home awards at Dan Berger’s International Wine Competition, an extensive and exacting contest entering its fourth year: Vino Noceto received a silver medal for its 2013 Sangiovese; Sobon Estate won a bronze and a silver for two different Zinfandels and a silver for its 2015 Barbera; and Jeff Runquist Wines took several golds for wines from Amador County vineyards.

(Amador vineyards also did well in The Chronicle’s 2018 wine competition, winning five double-gold medals and several gold, silver and bronzes.)

Fresh Label

Paul Sobon has been making wine since his parents moved the family to Amador County and bought a winery in 1977. Two labels, Shenandoah Vineyards and Sobon Estate, are based on the family plot in the Shenandoah Valley.

But Sobon wanted a wine that he could put his name on, so this spring he will launch his own label, called Paul J Wine. Sobon is constructing a 1,600-square-foot winery and tasting room off Shenandoah Road between Runquist Wines and Vino Noceto, with repurposed lumber and corrugated metal in what he calls a “restoration hardware” architectural style — more contemporary than western.

Paul J will first release a 2016 Syrah and a 2016 Zinfandel, a blend featuring Portuguese varieties, and more. The idea is to toss out the delicate style that’s become typical of Amador wines in favor of big, intense, dark flavor. Sobon calls it a “very sexy wine.”

New Tasting Room

Completed in late November 2017, Iron Hub Winery’s new tasting room corresponds to the release of its first fully in-house vintage (which comes from the 2014 harvest). Owners Beth and Tom Jones sold their successful Lava Cap Winery in nearby Placerville in 2013 and purchased vineyards and a winery in Amador the next year.

The tasting room is the tip of the ice berg of changes the Jonses have recently made. They re-plumbed and re-wired the winery. They reconstructed the crush pad to allow gravity-flow crushing, a gentler process of handling the grapes. To the vineyards, they added sustainable practices like composting leaves and stems, recycling water for irrigation, and introducing cover crops that bring in nitrogen and retain moisture.

“Tom is very well known for red wines that are very balanced … he’s always respectful of the varietals,” says Beth.

Visit Iron Hub and you can talk to the Jonses and their son, who enjoy telling their story to guests of the tasting room. You’ll see an airy building with floor-to-ceiling windows looking over the Shenandoah Valley and the Crystal Range of the Sierra Nevada.

Growth of the Vintners Association

One thing all these wineries have in common, aside from their location, is their membership in the Amador Vintners Association. Under new executive director Jack Gorman, the association is expanding its schedule for 2018 to include several new wine festivals and events.

Historically, the association has run two passport-style events — Behind the Cellar Door and Big Crush Harvest Festival — where wineries host specific activities on the same day (live music, barrel tastings, educational seminars) and visitors move from one to the next.

In 2018, the association will take charge of, and expand, two more events that have previously been independently produced: Amador Four Fires, where local chefs cook small bite pairings over an open flame; and the Barbera Festival, where around 70 producers converge on a single location for a day of exploring this up-and-coming variety.

New Generation

As in other Amador County businesses, new blood is coming to prominence in the wine industry.

“We’re starting to see a younger generation is coming in with a new energy,” Gorman says. “We’re seeing new creativity in winemaking. We’re seeing moves towards sustainable farming, and sustainable winemaking.”

Take Lindy Gullet, for example, whose family moved to Plymouth in 1995 when she was just eight years old. She’s now learning the ropes of the family winery, Vino Noceto, in Plymouth, in preparation for her parents’ retirement. Chief among her plans is to bring on more full-time employees and introduce a canned version of their popular light, sippable, slightly-sparkling Moscato, called Frivolo.

Like Gullett, Michael and Ashley Long left Amador County to attend college and travel, but ultimately came back. The siblings are taking up the family business at Amador Cellars — he as head winemaker and she as assistant winemaker and marketing director.

“Because this is such a small area, people are willing to experiment a little bit more,” says Ashley. Having outgrown their current space, the Longs are working on a new building to house some of the 4,000 cases of Italian and Rhone wines they produce each year.

“I think the thing that’s cool about Amador is how much it’s changing,” Gullett says. “It’s shifting into a place where change is happening, where there’s excitement about the future, and excitement about what it can be. It’s always been there under the surface, and now it’s coming to fruition.”

Nathan Hurst is a freelance writer. Email: [email protected].

If you go

Wineries

Terre Rouge and Easton: 10801 Dickson Road, Plymouth; (209) 245-4277; www.terrerougewines.com

Jeff Runquist Wines: 10776 Shenandoah Road, Plymouth; (209) 245-6282; www.jeffrunquistwines.com

Vino Noceto: 11011 Shenandoah Road, Plymouth; (209) 245-6556; www.noceto.com

Bella Grace Vineyards: 73 Main Street, Sutter Creek; (209) 267-8053; www.bellagracevineyards.com

Shenandoah Vineyards: 12300 Steiner Road, Plymouth; (209) 245-4455; www.sobonwine.com/shenandoah

Sobon Estate: 14430 Shenandoah Road, Plymouth; (209) 245-4455; www.sobonwine.com/sobonestate

Paul J Wine: 10775 Shenandoah Road, Plymouth

Iron Hub Winery: 12500 Steiner Road, Plymouth; (209) 245-6307; www.ironhubwines.com

Amador Cellars: 11093 Shenandoah Road, Plymouth; (209) 245-6150; www.amadorcellars.com

Events

Behind the Cellar Door: March 3-4; www.amadorwine.com/event/behind-cellar-door-2018

Big Crush Harvest Festival: October; www.amadorwine.com/event/big-crush-harvest-festival-2018

Amador Four Fires: May 5; www.amadorfourfires.com

Barbera Festival: September; www.barberafestival.com

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Folsom Lake Entertainer Article: A Gem in Historic Gold Country

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Iron Hub Winery & Vineyards
A Gem in Historic Gold Country
By Michele Smith | Photos are Special to the Entertainer

There is a certain feel when tasting at a winery and Iron Hub Winery truly makes winetasting an experience, while exemplifying a family feel.

At Iron Hub Winery & Vineyards, the experience is like feeling at home. It is not just the small-batch red and white wines that make winetasters an immediate fan, but it is truly the attentive and personal service that has visitors coming back for more. What can winetasters with an incredible palate expect?

This family-owned winery, with its newly opened tasting room, offers breathtaking views of the Shenandoah Valley. The winery not only serves quality wines for visitors, but includes gourmet crackers, cheese pairings as part of the tasting experience, and is the perfect to plan a picnic lunch with fantastic outdoor seating. After all, who doesn’t want to have a picnic lunch with a beautiful view of the vineyards?

Owners Tom and Beth Jones clearly had something to celebrate this past holiday season with the opening of their new tasting room and welcome wine country fans to experience the new location for themselves.

“The Amador wine community is an exceptional place to make premium wine, with friendly, supportive colleagues, and a welcoming feeling”, winemaker and owner, Tom Jones said.

There is real interest in our tasting room, as we tell each wine’s story from our vineyards, to crush, then bottling, said wife Beth Jones. “Our son Spencer works alongside Tom, and together, they handle each aspect of wine production, including bottling. Bottling days are some of the most fun.”

Iron Hub owns their own bottling line and visitors are welcome to watch. Wine patrons may also observe each phase of wine making across the seasons, beginning in the vineyards during the spring and to the grape crush in the fall. This is yet another unique experience tht many other wineries do not offer.

The name Iron Hub comes from the seasons of a winemaking life. Tom Jones has years of handcrafting wines since the 1980s when he completed his M.S. in Enology and Viticulture at University of California, Davis (UCD). He developed a loyal following for his wines when he owned Lava Cap Winery in El Dorado County for 30 years, earning wide recognition for his zinfandel, petite sirah, barbera, and chardonnay vintage creations.

Iron Hub Winery & Vineyards
Hours: 11 AM to 5 PM Friday through Monday
Where: 12500 Steiner Road in Plymouth
Contact: IronHubWines.com, or call direct 209-245-6307. Reservations are required for large groups.

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Ledger Dispatch Article: Iron Hub Winery Opens New Tasting Room

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Beth Jones, and her son, Spencer, are happy to pour you a taste of one of the fabulous Iron Hub wines.

Iron Hub Winery first began when the winemaking Jones family purchased a winery on Steiner Road in 2014. This month, the family is celebrating the completion of their new tasting room on the hilltop of the Iron Hub estate in the bucolic Shenandoah Valley of Amador County. Winemaker Tom has been handcrafting wines since the 1980s when he completed his M.S. in Enology and Viticulture at University of California, Davis (UCD). He developed a loyal following for his wines when he owned Lava Cap Winery in El Dorado County for 30 years, earning wide recognition for his Zinfandel, Petite Syrah, Barbera, and Chardonnay wines. Tom and his wife Beth were known in the Amador wine community before their arrival, due to years of collaboration with Amador winemakers and vineyards. With Iron Hub, they now have their own Amador wine estate and are pleased to have a new tasting room to showcase Tom’s award winning wines.

Ledger Dispatch Staff

According to Tom, “the Amador wine community is an exceptional place to make premium wine, with friendly, supportive colleagues and a welcoming feeling.” Beth agrees, stating “there is a real interest in our tasting room as I tell each wine’s story from our vineyards to crush and then bottling. Our son Spencer works alongside Tom and together they handle each aspect of wine production, including bottling. Bottling days are some of the most fun.” Iron Hub owns their bottling line and visitors are welcome to watch. Visitors may also observe each phase of wine making across the seasons, beginning in the vineyards during spring and to crush in the fall.

Ledger Dispatch Staff

The name Iron Hub comes from the seasons of a winemaking life. Over the years, Tom developed a tradition of an annual sojourn to the high mountain desert to celebrate the completion of harvest each year. On one such journey, he discovered an antique hub from a wooden wagon wheel, half buried in a dry creek bed in the mountains of Northern Nevada. The wood had weathered away but the hub, made of iron and hand forged, remained. Tom and Beth named their new winery after this discovery, to reflect their joy of craftsmanship and exploration. The new tasting room is light and offers a commanding view of the Shenandoah Valley and the Sierras. It is open Friday through Monday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and also offers a patio for picnicking. Vineyard tours are available early each day when the tasting room is open.

Photos by Ledger Dispatch photographer Bill Lavallie

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Mountain Democrat Article: Iron Hub Winery opens new tasting room

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The Jones family has opened the new tasting facility for Iron Hub Winery on Steiner Road in Amador County. Courtesy photo

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Iron Hub Winery opens new tasting room

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Iron Hub Winery first began when the winemaking Jones family purchased a winery on Steiner Road in 2014. This month, the family is celebrating the completion of its new tasting room on the hill top of the Iron Hub estate in the bucolic Shenandoah Valley of Amador County.

Winemaker Tom Jones has been handcrafting wines since the 1980s when he completed his MS in enology and viticulture at University of California, Davis. He developed a loyal following for his wines when he owned Lava Cap Winery in El Dorado County for 30 years, earning wide recognition for his zinfandel, petite sirah, barbera and chardonnay wines.

Tom and his wife Beth were familiar with the Amador wine community before their arrival due to years of collaboration with Amador winemakers and vineyards. With Iron Hub, they now have their own Amador wine estate and are pleased to have a new tasting room to showcase Tom’s award-winning wines.

“The Amador wine community is an exceptional place to make premium wine with friendly, supportive colleagues and a welcoming feeling,” said Tom.

Beth agrees, “There is a real interest in our tasting room as we tell each wine’s story from our vineyards to crush and then bottling. Our son Spencer works alongside Tom and together they handle each aspect of wine production, including bottling. Bottling days are some of the most fun.”

The seasons

Iron Hub owns its bottling line and visitors are welcome to watch. Visitors may also observe each phase of wine making across the seasons, beginning in the vineyards during spring and to crush in the fall.

The name Iron Hub comes from the seasons of a winemaking life. Over the years, Tom developed a tradition of an annual sojourn to the high mountain desert to celebrate the completion of harvest each year. On one such journey he discovered an antique hub from a wooden wagon wheel, half buried in a dry creek bed in the mountains of Northern Nevada. The wood had weathered away but the hub, made of iron and hand forged, remained. Tom and Beth named their new winery after this discovery, to reflect their joy of craftsmanship and exploration.

Filled with natural light the new tasting room offers a commanding view of the Shenandoah Valley and the Sierra. A large patio offers exceptional picnicking opportunities and artisan deli food is available for purchase.

It is open Friday through Monday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and vineyard tours are available early each day when the tasting room is open.

Iron Hub Winery is located at 12500 Steiner Road in Plymouth. For more information call (209) 245-6307.

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Article: Adventurer’s Weekend in Amador County

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Adventurer’s Weekend in Amador County
By local contributor

Amador County may be famous for its Gold Rush history, but there is another side to this area that’s beginning to get the attention it deserves. Wineries/vineyards, slopes, trails, wineries/vineyards, parks, restaurants, lodging and more — if you know where to look, there is no end to the options for adventure here. Join me for my take on an “adventurer’s weekend” in Amador County.

Go Wine Tasting
Nestled on a hilltop with the prettiest view in Amador’s Shenandoah Valley, Iron Hub Winery produces handcrafted estate bottled wines.

Iron Hub’s new tasting room is a “must-see, first-stop” with amazing views and delicious wines. The new venue is comfortable, airy, and bright and owner/winemaker Tom Jones’ new wine releases are rich and full-bodied.

The name Iron Hub reflects Tom’s annual tradition of high mountain sojourns to rejuvenate after each grape harvest. On one such journey he discovered an antique iron hub from a wagon wheel, half buried in the mountains of Northern Nevada. The Iron Hub name also reflects a welcoming place to gather with family and friends, a place that you will enjoy often.

Visit this beautiful winery where you can taste both white and red wines and picnic with the perfect view. Schedule a vineyard tour and tasting for early in the day at [email protected]. The Tasting Room is open Friday through Monday, 11 AM to 5 PM.

Iron Hub Winery and Vineyards
12500 Steiner Road
Plymouth, CA 95669
ironhubwines.com
(530) 919-6722 or (209) 245-6307

 

Hit the Slopes
From rich history to legendary terrain, Kirkwood awaits, ripe with both culture and adventure. When you visit Kirkwood for the first time and round the bend on HWY 88 where the valley comes into full view, you’ll understand immediately there’s something special about Kirkwood. Their mountain is for skiers and riders with an adventurous spirit who want a pure and rewarding mountain escape.

This spectacular Sierra ski resort has a base elevation at 7,800 feet that is open for great skiing during the winter season, and great hiking trails in the summer. Kirkwood Mountain Resort is the perfect destination for adventurous friends and families to connect and create memories together.

Kirkwood Mountain Resort
1501 Kirkwood Meadows Drive
Kirkwood, CA 95646
kirkwood.com
(209) 258-6000

 

Stop and Smell the Flowers
Bring home a little bit of Amador from the Flower Farm. 1000’s of daylilies to select from and so much more! A pleasant country drive will bring you to their 14-acres of gardens, including growing grounds, a potted plant area, and four acres of landscaped demonstration gardens. Their nursery boasts a wonderful selection of deer resistant plants.

Their grounds are available for your pleasure throughout the year. Hours of operation are 9am-4pm daily throughout spring, summer, and fall. Winter hours are 9am-4pm Thu-Sun, December through February. Events also throughout the year. Include the Amador Flower Farm in your next visit to the area.

Amador Flower Farm
22001 Shenandoah School Road
Plymouth, CA 95669
amadorflowerfarm.com
(209) 245-6660

 

Take a Hike
Stretch those legs with an easy hike. Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park (IGR) is located in the Sierra Nevada foothills, 12 miles east of Jackson. The park is nestled in a small valley 2,400 feet above sea level with open meadows and large valley oaks. The 135-acre park preserves a great outcropping of marbleized limestone with 1,185 mortar holes—the largest collection of bedrock mortars anywhere in North America.

There are two developed trails in the park. The North Trail, a one-mile round trip, starts near the museum. It traverses the ridge surrounding the meadow, crosses the creek, passes by the old farm site, and continues to the reconstructed Miwok village site. There it joins the half-mile South Nature Trail, a self-guided loop that starts near the Roundhouse.

Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park
14881 Pine Grove Volcano Road
Pine Grove, CA 95665
parks.ca.gov/igr
(209) 296-7488

 

Grab a Bite to Eat
There’s no better way to top off a fun adventure than lunch or dinner at Taste Restaurant. Amador County’s best dining experience is on Main Street in Plymouth, the gateway to the Amador Wine Country. Taste is a warm, upscale place featuring seasonal New American cuisine, plus a wine bar with small plates.

Dinner is served Thursday through Tuesday. Opening at 5pm on the weekdays and 4:30pm on the weekends. Lunch is served Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 to 2pm. Reservations are recommended for dining room seating. The wine bar area offers the full Dinner Menu and the Wine Bar menu with open seating.

Taste Restaurant and Wine Bar
9402 Main Street
Plymouth, CA 95669
restauranttaste.com
(209) 245-3463

 

Get Some Rest
Extend your weekend adventure with an overnight stay. Rest, a boutique hotel is a sixteen room hotel in downtown Plymouth, the gateway to Amador Wine Country. Rest offers a fun, new option for lodging in the Sierra Foothills.

Each room with its own charm and comfort are simply decorated and thoughtfully filled with numerous amenities. Guests are greeted in the morning with a beautiful continental breakfast. A nightly wine hour features local wines and appetizers. A welcoming lobby and outside courtyard are perfect to read, visit, work and sip coffee until it’s acceptable to drink wine.

Rest – A Boutique Hotel
9372 Main Street
Plymouth, CA 95669
hotelrest.net
(209) 245-6315

#CAWineStrong Get Help

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Below is a list of resources to help those affected by the California Wine Country Fires
www.7×7.com is maintaining a more exhaustive list of resources that include lists of open grocery stores and shelters (click here)


Goods, Resources, & Housing

Damage to Homes & Property Insurance

Damage to Wineries

Fire Relief Efforts #CAWineStrong

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In the wake of the devastating wildfires in Napa, Sonoma, and Mendocino counties, participating wineries and other wine loving businesses throughout California are donating a portion of their proceeds during the month of October to support those affected by the devastating Northern California Wildfires.

Visit these participating #CAWINESTRONG Partner Businesses during the month of October to contribute and make a difference in the lives of those who have lost everything.

New wineries and other wine loving businesses are joining daily, so check the website often and follow #CAWineStrong on social media. And look for our #CAWineStrong logo at participating businesses.

100% of the proceeds from the CAWineStrong fundraising campaign will be donated to the following local charities to directly benefit individuals and families affected by the wildfires. If the fires extend into other wine regions, we will expand our distribution reach to include these areas as well.

Direct monetary donations are being accepted online at CAWINESTRONG.COM.

 

CAWineStrong Network includes: Alexander Valley WinegrowersAlexander Valley VineyardsAlexander Valley VineyardsAmador Vintners AssociationCalaveras Valley Winegrape AllianceClarksburg Wine Growers & Vintners AssociationDry Creek ValleyEl Dorado Winery AssociationLake County Winery AssociationLivermore Valley Winegrowers AssociationLodi District Grape Growers AssociationLodi WineMonterey County Vintners & Growers AssociationMadera Wine TrailMendocino Wine CoMendocino Winegrowers Inc.Napa Valley VintnersPaso Robles Wine Country AlliancePetaluma Gap Winegrowers Alliance, Placer County Wine Trail, Russian River Valley WinegrowersSanta Cruz Mountains Winegrowers AssociationSan Luis Obispo Wine CountrySonoma County Wine GrowersSonoma County VintnersSonoma Valley Vintners & GrowersTemecula Valley WinegrowersWest Sonoma Coast VintnersWine Road Sonoma County, and Wine Road Sonoma County.

#CAWineStrong Give Help

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Below is a list of ways to help with the Wine Country Fire Relief Efforts
www.7×7.com is maintaining a daily updated site (click here) with a more exhaustive list of opportunities to provide aid


Monetary Donations

Donate to Disaster Funds

Donate to the Solano County Fairground Large Animal Evacuation Center
Donate money or resources to help protect large animals from the fire. Note: Solano Fairgrounds still has space available to take animals.

Goods Donations

Local Donations Received at Renwood Winery – See Below
Donations accepted through 6pm on October 14th. See full list of requests below.

Donate to the Solano County Fairground Large Animal Evacuation Center
Donate money or resources to help protect large animals from the fire. Note: Solano Fairgrounds still has space available to take animals.

Donate to Santa Rosa High School
Santa Rosa High School is looking for clothing, household items, and toiletries to provide to students who have lost everything in the fire. Email [email protected] with questions. Mail donations to:

Santa Rosa High School Ag Department
Santa Rosa High School
1235 Mendocino Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 93401

Housing

We suggest listing available housing on AirBnB.

Wine Industry-Specific Efforts & Donations

Wineries looking to donate resources to other wineries
This form is for wineries looking to provide immediate support to their industry partners by providing tank space, water, generators, labor, lodging and more.

Email Turrentine Brokerage at [email protected] with supplies that you have available.

Join #CAWineStrong to help raise funds for those affected
#CAWineStrong members will help to promote donations to relief efforts.

Glancy Wine Education Scholarship
Donate to San Francisco Wine School’s Wine Education Fund, which will help wine professionals displaced by the fires receive more wine education.

Amador County Resource Donation Drop-Off

Renwood Winery Resource Drop-Off
Renwood Winery will be collecting donations through 6pm on Saturday, October 14th. See below for the full text from Renwood.

On Sunday, October 15th, Renwood staff will be loading up a couple of our trucks and trailers with supplies for the evacuees and fire victims. We will be accepting donations/supplies here at Renwood Winery until Saturday, October 14th at 6pm. We will be delivering all supplies to Napa Valley College Evacuation Center, Salvation Army of Napa, Solano County Fairgrounds – Large Animal Evacuation Center and Napa Valley Animal Shelter. These charities and evacuation centers are on the frontlines of these fires. Every donation will directly benefit those affected. Below we have included a list of needed supplies and items needed at each location.
We welcome any of the listed items below. We will happily fill our trucks with what you can donate. Join us in helping our neighbors know that we are here for them. If you are unable to join us, you can help spread the word by sharing this post on social media. Please email me at [email protected] for more information or with any questions you may have.
Napa College Evacuation Center & Salvation Army of Napa

Bottled Water
Nonperishable canned food items
Blankets & bedding (new)
Pillows & pillow cases (new)
Phone chargers
Batteries
Toiletries  (new) – toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo/conditioner, soap, hair brushes/combs,
Sanitary wipes
Diapers
Gently used clothing – infants, children and teenage.
Coffee supplies
Dining supplies – plates & utensils
Gift cards – Target, Home Depot, gas and groceries.

Napa Valley Animal Shelter – Animal Evacuation Center

Kennels – all sizes
Straw for bedding
Dog food
Cat food
Chicken food
Grass hay – please no alfalfa at this time.
Sweet mash for mini donkeys
Large 5 gallon water jugs

Solano County Fairgrounds – Large Animal Evacuation Center
General Supplies

Plywood ¾”
2X6 and 2X4 boards
5 gallon buckets – flat back
Water & feed bucket hangers
Extension cords
Cordless hand tools
Towels
Gift cards – Home Depot & Lowes
Gas cards for transportation of animals

Vet Supplies

Wound care products
PVC pipe and 2×4 boards for splints
Duct tape
Rolled Gauze
Plastic bins with lids for storing medical supplies
Sharpie Markers
White adhesive labels

Horse/Livestock Supplies

Hay
Straw & shavings
Cattle feed
Low protein feed

Volunteer Needs

Phone chargers
Solar lights
Blankets
Folding chairs
Breathing masks

Please click here for a full list of needs supplies/items & volunteer needs at Solano Fairgrounds.

Items NOT accepted at this time:

Used blankets
Toys  – new & used