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Tessa Marguerite
2 weeks ago
Springtime Punch. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

As winter finally fades and spring begins to bloom, it’s time to come out of hibernation and enjoy the warmer temps and longer days. Elevate your festive seasonal brunches with springtime sips featuring St-Germain French artisanal elderflower liqueur!

Whether it’s an Easter brunch, spring fling, or a stylish garden party, St-Germain lends any daytime occasion a touch of class and sophistication. With hints of floral and fruit notes, St-Germain liqueur-based sips provide an elegant alternative to the usual daytime tipples. The...

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2 weeks ago
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The California State Fair is now accepting entries for its annual Commercial Wine Competition which will be held June 3 through 5. First held in 1855, the State Fair’s wine competition is the oldest and most prestigious wine event in North America. More than 700 wineries and 2,800 entries were part of the 2014 competition. It is the only competition dedicated to evaluating and selecting the best wines from all California wine regions.

The online entry system makes submitting wine into the competition easier than ever. Entries will...

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2 weeks ago
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Cruise on down to Main Street, Jackson, for Shine, Wine & Dine, Saturday, May 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., for a day of wine, art, music and gorgeous vintage cars. Plus, a day of special Car Show discounts at Jackson restaurants. It’s free fun for the whole family in historic Jackson.

The fifth annual Motherlode Cruise Car Show will take you back in time with 125 vintage cars, from Model Ts to muscle cars. Stroll down Main Street to enjoy blues tunes by The Esquires, fine arts and crafts for sale by local artists and Main Street’s...

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2 weeks ago
Amador Brewery’s Will Pritchard. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Marigold Sues
The thirsty wait is over. Amador Brewing Company is officially opening Saturday, April 18,, 11:30 to 8 p.m. I met brewer Will Pritchard on a recent breezy sunny afternoon and after short introductions he immediately started explaining the brewing process which starts with cracked barley malt and hot water in the large brew tanks located in direct view of the tasting room. Through a weave of sparkling pipes running up walls and across ceilings, the barley and water “tea” is moved to the next tanks where the yeast is added and finally... [Read more]
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2 weeks ago
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April 10

Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo: Kicking off its 2015 Outdoor Concert Series, Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort welcomes Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo to the Outdoor Concert Venue Stage tonight, Friday, April 10, at 8 p.m. Their single, “Heartbreaker,” according to Benatar, “was the catalyst for it all.” Other hits include, “Hit Me with Your Best Shot,” “Promises in the Dark” and “We Belong.” Will Call opens at 5 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m., and the show begins at 8 p.m. Beer, wine and food will be available for purchase. Tickets...

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3 weeks ago
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It is time again for all ladies (and gents) to visit Sutter Creek for the annual Spring Ladies Night, on April 11, from 5 to 8 p.m., with the drawing promptly at 8:30 p.m. This wonderful event is free and is the Sutter Creek merchants’ way of saying, “Thank you for your patronage.”

Enjoy an evening of authentic charm and hospitality as you stroll the streets of Sutter Creek. Visit each participating business and enter the drawings. More than $1,000 worth of prizes and gift certificates donated by participating merchants will be...

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3 weeks ago
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Amador Brewing Company will be hosting a release party on Lone Wolf Restaurant & Lounge’s terrace on Thursday, April 16, at 7 p.m.

You’re invited to the Amador Brewing Company Release Party. Amador County has been long awaiting the opening of Amador Brewing Co. and this is your chance to try some of its beer before it even opens its doors. Be the first to try “Amador Light,” a light pale ale, refreshing and balanced. This beer will cleanse the pallet while delivering complexity. This mini-tap take over will showcase Amador Brewing’s...

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3 weeks ago
Farmers harvest bok choy and garlic for delicious farm-to-fork goodness. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
A special spring harvest Farm to Fork dinner will be held at Rosebud’s Café, in Jackson, on Thursday, April 16, to benefit Mother Lode Harvest, a local association of agricultural producers and customers that, since 2010, has offered weekly CSA boxes to county residents. Mother Lode Harvest also has a website from which seasonal, fresh and organic produce items can be ordered each week. The 18 current producers who participate in Mother Lode Harvest follow Certified Naturally Grown standards, and offer everything from beef and lamb... [Read more]
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3 weeks ago

April 4

Rail Road Flat Elementary Fundraiser: Rail Road Flat Elementary’s popular fundraising event, Tiger Fest Dinner, will be Saturday April 4, from 5 to 9 p.m., at the Rail Road Flat Community Hall, located at 250 Rail Road Flat Road, in Rail Road Flat. Each year, a different theme is followed for the homemade food, decorations and entertainment. This year’s international flavor takes guests South Of The Border with a filling menu of pork fajitas, grass-fed beef chili, beans, rice, chips, salsa and all the accompaniments, plus...

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3 weeks ago
Mother Lode Friends Of Music: Dagenais on violin. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

April 4

Rail Road Flat Elementary Fundraiser: Rail Road Flat Elementary’s popular fundraising event, Tiger Fest Dinner, will be Saturday April 4, from 5 to 9 p.m., at the Rail Road Flat Community Hall, located at 250 Rail Road Flat Road, in Rail Road Flat. Each year, a different theme is followed for the homemade food, decorations and entertainment. This year’s international flavor takes guests South Of The Border with a filling menu of pork fajitas, grass-fed beef chili, beans, rice, chips, salsa and all the accompaniments, plus...

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Tessa Marguerite
03/26/2015 8:52 AM
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On Sunday, March 29, Susan and “Susan’s Place Wine Bar & Eatery” will be closing its doors and officially “Retire.”

After 28 years in business with much thought and reflection, the closing of “Susan’s Place” is announced with bittersweet emotion. Susan commented, “I wish to thank the people of Amador County, Sutter Creek and all of the loyal customers who gave me the opportunity to fulfill my dream the better part of three decades. I would like to express my personal appreciation for the association we have had through the years and...

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Tessa Marguerite
03/26/2015 8:47 AM
Prospect Cellars received a bouquet from Fiddletown’s Full Circle Flora for their grand opening. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite

Prospect Cellars, the first tasting room on Plymouth’s Main Street, opened on Friday, March 20, in the old building many may have known as Hillcrest Video. Prospect Cellars is owned by previous Executive Director of the Amador Vintners Association Jamie Lubenko, and her husband, Ronn. The Lubenkos, as well as their staff, are optimistic about this new venture, and eager for locals and tourists to stop into their fresh and unique wine tasting room.

Jamie, a self-proclaimed “Plymouth girl,” explained their choice to open a tasting...

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03/26/2015 8:57 AM
Get A Clue! Murder Mystery featuring Giles Turner and others. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Local Playwright Beth Barnard has created an original script full of drama, comedy, mystery, and just maybe, a murder. Local actors makeup the cast of this dinner theater evening performance that will turn into a mystery right before your eyes. With a combination like that, it is almost certain that a rollicking good time will be had by all. In addition to all the laughter and surprise, by attending this event, guests will also be supporting the nonprofit organization, AmadorArts. The Murder Mystery Dinner takes place on Sunday,... [Read more]
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Tessa Marguerite
03/19/2015 10:19 AM
This region’s finest chefs, including Darius Somary, left, and ardent wine enthusiasts gather to celebrate great food and wine. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

With VIP tickets for Amador Four Fires now sold out, the good news is that the A4F All-Access Experience tickets are still available. These tickets include wine, food, access to all the activities, your glass and parking.

A4F is a new concept wine and food festival to ignite your senses. Four celebrated wine regions inspire the art of Amador’s winemakers and winegrowers, and the cuisine of star chefs cooking with open flame. Experience Syrahs, Mouvedres and Grenaches from the South of France. Explore Italy with Barberas, Sangioveses...

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Via Press Release
03/19/2015 11:08 AM
Dandelion Days is tomorrow and Sunday. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

March 21

Quest For The Deed: The deed is done — come celebrate on Saturday, March 21, when the Preston Castle Foundation will hold an Open House at the beautiful, majestic Preston Castle to celebrate the acquisition of the deed of ownership. There will be a brief ceremony at 12 p.m., and the castle will be open from noon until 4 p.m., for people to wander the unrestricted areas and take in the history and grandeur of the castle. Be a part of this historic event. Food vendors will be on hand. There is no admission cost to attend....

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Via Press Release
03/12/2015 10:08 AM
Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie

Amador Vintners Association presented, Behind the Cellar Door, last weekend at 42 participating wineries and tasting rooms throughout Amador County. Winemakers opened their doors to the public to taste fine wines, sample complementary foods, enjoy good music and learn about the wines while soaking up scenic rows of vines and rolling hills on a gorgeous, unseasonably warm day.

While the exact tally of visitors to this popular event is not yet known, presale tickets were up by more than 200 over last year’s event, and the day-of...

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03/12/2015 10:19 AM
Dandelion Days is the weekend of March 21 and 22, in Jackson. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Wednesdays

Senior Social Hour: Join other seniors at the community centers to meet new friends, play games or bring your lunch and come visit at noon, on Wednesdays, at the Upcountry Community Center, located at 19386 Highway 88, in Pine Grove, telephone (209) 296-2785; and at noon, on Thursdays, at the Camanche Lake Community Center, located at 4419 Camanche Parkway N., in Ione, telephone (209) 763-2720.

March 13 & 14

A Haunting At Preston Castle: Strange Escapes, a boutique paranormal event company founded by Amy Bruni, of...

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03/05/2015 1:32 PM
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Mark your calendars for a mouth-watering spaghetti dinner, delicious wine, a raffle with terrific prizes, live and silent auctions and lively dancing to the music of the Dick Cooper Band when the 8th Annual Spaghetti Western returns to Cooper Vineyards on Saturday, June 20, at 6 p.m.

The Cooper family has generously supported The Spaghetti Western over the years by allowing the Board of Cancer Research to hold this important fundraiser at the picturesque Shenandoah Valley location.

Live auction items include a four-day wine...

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03/05/2015 1:29 PM
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Kicking off their 2015 Outdoor Concert Series, Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort welcomes Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo to the Outdoor Concert Venue Stage on Friday, April 10, at 8 p.m.

Rock legends Pat Benatar and Neil “Spyder” Giraldo are celebrating their 35th Anniversary in the music industry in true powerhouse fashion. Together, with Benatar’s diverse vocal range and Giraldo’s superb talent as a guitarist, the duo have forged the most successful partnership in rock history. They’ve sold more than 26 million albums and have...

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03/05/2015 1:27 PM
Michael Havill, of BellaGrace Vineyards. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Amador County’s popular Barbera Festival, set for Saturday, June 13, celebrates its fifth anniversary with a move to the original home of barbera in Amador County, Terra d’Oro Winery/Montevina Vineyards, located at 20680 Shenandoah School Road, Plymouth.

Tickets for this always-sold-out event are on sale now at barberafestival.com. Ticket prices are $50 for general admission and $30 for designated drivers. Tickets must be purchased in advance. All proceeds for the Barbera Festival benefit the Amador Community Foundation....

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