A list of news stories covering the Wine Country Fires
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.”
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.
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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
Contact: Beth Jones, Proprietor, 209.245.6307 or [email protected]
Editor’s Note: High-resolution logo, photos, and wine label artwork available upon request.
A great article by Mike Dunne from The Sacramento Bee on the Amador Four Fires event and the wines he found most exciting during the tasting. View the full article and the great notes on our Esola Vineyard (Old Vine) Zinfandel.
Article: Mountain Democrat, February 6, 2015
New owners at Amador winery
By Amador Foothill Winery
Perched on top of one of the highest points in Amador’s Shenandoah Valley for more than three decades, Amador Foothill Winery in Plymouth has a simple charm all its own. That’s what attracted winemaker Tom Jones and his wife Beth to purchase the winery and vineyards in the fall of 2014 and allow a new Read more.
Amador Foothill Winery Has New Standards
By B. Huston-Fisher
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