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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.

Read the complete article on page 40-41.

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