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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

#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…”

Read the complete article here.

Award-Winning Winemaker Unveils New Wines

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Award-Winning Winemaker Unveils New Wines
Winemaker Tom Jones Launches a New Wine Brand with Iron Hub Winery

Plymouth, Calif. – (February 24, 2016) – Winemaker Thomas (Tom) Jones recently launched his new winery called Iron Hub that reflects a new chapter in his 30-year career as an award-winning
winemaker. Nestled on a hilltop with one of the prettiest view in Shenandoah Valley, Iron Hub Winery was previously the Amador Foothill Winery site from 1980 through 2015.

Jones has received wide acclaim over the past few decades as a winemaker known for a bold and
elegant style in his wines. After earning a Master of Science degree in Enology & Viticulture at The
University of California, Davis in the 1980s, Tom was the long-time winemaker for his family’s winery,
Lava Cap Winery, in Placerville, California.

In 2014, Tom moved to Amador wine country and employs a handcrafted vineyard-to-bottle winemaking approach. This results in balanced and complex wines that showcase the distinctive characteristics of the Amador vineyards. Barbera, Sangiovese, and old vine Zinfandels top the list of Tom’s newly released wines.

The name Iron Hub reflects Tom’s tradition of desert sojourns to rejuvenate each year. 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.

Learn more about Iron Hub Winery by visiting the tasting room Friday through Monday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Taste wines, stroll the vineyards, enjoy a picnic with the perfect view, and chat with the owners. Starting in the summer of 2016, you can also view the construction progress of a new entrance and tasting room.

Wine Seminar with Rick Kushman at Iron Hub Winery on Saturday, March 5, 2016
Experience something new at Iron Hub Winery during Amador’s Behind the Cellar Door event, Saturday, March 5 and Sunday, March 6, 2016. Taste new wines from winemaker Tom Jones. Also offering awardwinning Amador Foothill wines. Enjoy smoked Gouda quesadillas and drunken Zinfandel pasta perfectly paired with the wines.

Rick Kushman, Capital Public Radio wine commentator and New York Times bestselling author will host two 45 minute seminars entitled “Kushman on the Barrel” at 11:30 am and 1 pm on Saturday. Rick will entertain you with wine, conversation, humor and knowledge. All day Sunday, compare and contrast the flavor of wine aged in different oak barrels.

Behind the Cellar Door features a cornucopia of themed tastings, seminars and demonstrations
guaranteed to enhance your knowledge and appreciation of fine wine at 45 Amador wineries! Tickets $50 per person for the weekend (Saturday & Sunday); or $40 Sunday only; $10 for designated drivers (aged 18+, no wine or wineglass). For event details, visit AmadorWine.com.

About Iron Hub Winery
Nestled in the heart of Amador County’s Shenandoah Valley wine region of the beautiful Sierra Nevada foothills, Iron Hub Winery produces elegant handcrafted white and red wines.

Owned and operated by a husband and wife team, Tom and Beth Jones, Iron Hub’s wines are crafted to reveal silky tannins and a fruit forward balance. Tom enjoys oversees every aspect of the winemaking process from the grapes to the glass.

Raised in Northern California Tom graduated from University of California, Davis in the 1980s with a BS, Geology, and a Master of Science degree in Enology & Viticulture. Tom was the founding winemaker for his family’s winery, Lava Cap Winery, in Placerville, California. He developed Lava Cap’s brand of wines from its beginning in 1980s to 2013.

The name Iron Hub reflects owner and winemaker Tom Jones’ tradition of desert sojourns to rejuvenate each year. 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.

Iron Hub Winery is located in Plymouth, California, one hour from Sacramento, two hours from the San Francisco Bay Area and one and a half hours from the Reno / Carson City, Nevada area. The tasting room is open Friday through Monday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Taste both white and red wines, stroll the vineyards, and enjoy a picnic with the perfect view.

Learn more about our wines, view our News & Events, and join our Inner Circle Wine Club at
IronHubWines.com.

Contact: Beth Jones, Proprietor, 209.245.6307 or [email protected]
Editor’s Note: High-resolution logo, photos, and wine label artwork available upon request.