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


Iron Hub Winery opens new tasting room


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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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× 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× 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


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
Toiletries  (new) – toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo/conditioner, soap, hair brushes/combs,
Sanitary wipes
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
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

Straw & shavings
Cattle feed
Low protein feed

Volunteer Needs

Phone chargers
Solar lights
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

#CAWineStrong News Stories

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A list of news stories covering the Wine Country Fires

Fires Won’t Destroy California Wine Industry

California’s Regional Wine Associations Unite

California firefighters say they finally ‘turned a corner’

Meteorologists: Rain ‘Very Likely’ Coming to Wine Country Fire Zones

Sharp Decline Expected in Grape Yield Due to Sonoma, Napa County Fires

Napa Growers Employ Best Practices for Working in Smoky Conditions

Caution Advised When Picking Napa Wine Grapes in Fire Areas

At Napa Vineyards Untouched by Wildfires, Grapes Must Still Be Picked

Latino Workers Flee California Wine Country Fires for Shelters, Beaches

Hope in Wine Country as Vineyards Assess the Long-Term Economic Impact of the Wildfires

Update on Visiting the Napa Valley

Difficult to Stop

Wine Country Fires: Why Are They So Deadly, Destructive and ?

Economic Impact of the Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino Fires

California Wildfires Threatening State’s Wine, Tourism Industries

How Will the California Fires Impact Wine?

Newest fires strike Sugarloaf area, Rutherford as Nuns Complex spreads over the Mayacamas. Sonoma City battle eases – Updated 6:03 a.m. PDT 10/16/17

Status on 65+ wineries (and wine businesses): Good, bad or gone – UPDATED 7: 01 a.m., Oct. 15

E.J. Gallo donating $1 million to relief efforts

Winery Associations throughout California band together for #CAWineStrong fundraiser

List of Wineries damaged or destroyed by the fires

Remembering those lost in the Wine Country Fires

Smoke taint and how fires damage grapes

Vineyards may have helped limit fire damage and spread

Accolades for Iron Hub Resolute

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In an article published on September 13, 2016 in the Sacramento Bee, wine writer Mike Dunne praised the rising stature of blended wines, including Iron Hub Resolute.

“Iron Hub Winery & Vineyards 2013 Shenandoah Valley Resolute ($26): I raved about this wine in a column about Iron Hub a few weeks ago, but subsequently opened another bottle and found it even more alluring for its vibrancy and versatility. A blend of aglianico, sangiovese, grenache and syrah, it sings mostly of sunny and juicy cherries, but it also carries threads of lavender and damp herbs.” (For the full article, please click here)

For Tom Jones, owner and winemaker at Iron Hub, blending is an essential part of the winemaking process. “It’s actually one of the parts of the winemaking process that I enjoy the most,” he shared. “It’s both a science and an art to craft blends that result in wines with complexity and depth.”

Each year, Tom carefully blends each of his wines to create balanced, nuanced products, and he especially enjoys creating his distinctive red blend, Resolute. We hope you enjoy it too! Pick up a bottle in our wine shop today.

The focus of Tom Jones’ winemaking shifts from Lava Cap to Iron Hub

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Mike Dunne, “Dunne on Wine,” Sacramento Bee, July 26, 2016

“Memo to fans of El Dorado County wine, in particular those of Lava Cap Winery: Tom Jones hasn’t retired, he’s just moved south.

For nearly three decades, Jones was winemaker at Lava Cap, founded by his parents on Apple Hill outside Placerville in the early 1980s.

But in 2013 he and his wife, Beth Goodlin-Jones, sold their interest in the winery and began to scout for a place where he could resume winemaking.

They found it the next year, Amador Foothill Winery in Amador County’s Shenandoah Valley, where owners Ben Zeitman and Katie Quinn were looking to retire.

The Joneses moved in and have been quietly making over the site and the wines in their own image, starting by rechristening the place Iron Hub Winery…”

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