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5 days ago
Restaurant owner David Tohm. ALD photo by Sarah Spinetta
With its friendly atmosphere, great food and beautiful view, the 7800 Bar and Grill is a well-known place to go to while at the Kirkwood Mountain Resort. At the 7800, there are daily deals and specials, a large bar and the best prices around for hearty food. All of the food served is cooked by 5-star restaurant trained Executive Chef Tasso Maras. His menu is focused on wholesome and fresh meals made from scratch. This is the 5th year that the 7800 Bar and Grill has been open, and it is the locals’ favorite place to eat. Hundreds of... [Read more]
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Jack Mitchell
5 days ago
Mark McKenna demonstrates the steam sanitation process. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Jack Mitchell
Usually, conversations with local wine makers and winery owners start with me asking, “What’s new,” or “What’s up?” And as most of us who call Amador County our home know, one of the special features of living here is that you actually meet, work with, play and party with not only friends who work in the wine industry, but also the owners of the vineyards and the winemakers. They are accessible to everyone, making a trip through our region and tasting award-winning wines all the more special. Such was the case when I ventured into... [Read more]
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2 weeks ago
A delicious veggie burger that is Chef Tasso’s special recipe is a great hot meal to enjoy after a long day in the cold snow. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Sarah Spinetta
The Kirkwood 7800 Bar and Grill is a delicious lunch and dinner restaurant. Their menu is focused on wholesome and fresh meals made from scratch. Executive Chef Tasso Maras is a professional chef who had cooked for 5-star fine restaurants for years before coming to the 7800 Bar and Grill. He creates a special entree and soup every weekend, in addition to the regular menu. Hundreds of people come every day to get a taste of the Grill’s delicious foods at reasonable prices. “Leave ridiculous ski resort prices behind and come out to see... [Read more]
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3 weeks ago
Jenny Giurlani pours Dillian wine at last year’s Four Fires Festival. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Tickets for the highly anticipated Amador Four Fires wine event officially go on sale Feb. 1, but the Amador Four Fires Ticket Release Party at wineries in Sutter Creek and in Shenandoah Valley, Jan. 30-31, is a great excuse to get up to the wine country and secure tickets early at deeply discounted prices.

The second annual Amador Four Fires festival, to be held May 7 at the historic Amador County Fairgrounds, invites attendees to immerse all their senses in the region’s rich wine and food history dating back to the California...

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Lisa Lucke
3 weeks ago
Pad Thai at Thai Siam, in Martell, is one of Lisa Lucke’s favorite things. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Lisa Lucke
A new year, and another high-paid writing gig. But that’s not why I’m doing this. This is for the thrill of completing a task. Like putting hours into slow-roasted short ribs in the cast iron Dutch oven, only to have them disappear before my eyes and into my mouth, and the five hungry mouths sitting around my kitchen table. The table that once belonged to my great-grandmother, making it somewhere around 75 or 80 years old. I prepare the handed-down recipes in the handed-down cookware, and serve them at the handed-down table. After a... [Read more]
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3 weeks ago

Gallery 10 will be showing artwork in February related to the theme, “All Things Wine.” Our artists are busy with painting vineyards, still life and many creative ways to express our love of wine. Amador County is developing into a premier wine destination for people from all over the world, and Gallery 10 wants to showcase our beautiful location and award-winning wines.

Visit the gallery at 15 Eureka St, Sutter Creek, open Thursday through Monday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., during the month of February, to see what we have in store...

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Eric Winslow
3 weeks ago
Jeff Runquist and Tom Dillian with their award-winning wines. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch.
The results of the 2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition were announced on Friday, January 8. Top honors go to five Sweepstakes Winners, one for each of five categories: Sparkling, White, Pink, Red and Dessert/Specialty wines. The sweepstakes award is presented to the best wine of each category as determined by a vote of all the judges. The Sweepstakes winner for Red Wine was Amador’s Jeff Runquist Wines’ 2013 “R” Zinfandel, from the Nostro Vino Vineyard, on Steiner Road, in Amador’s Shenandoah Valley. This year, 7,162 wines... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
3 weeks ago
Fans of Amador County wines will be treated to a delightful assortment of barberas, syrahs, old-vine zinfandels, sangioveses, viogniers and other unique palate pleasers of the Rhone, Mediterranean varieties as well as the classic ‘California Style’ wines that flourish in Amador’s rich mountain terrain and sun-bathed hillside vineyards. These delicious, food-friendly wines will be showcased at the Amador Vintners’ annual “Behind the Cellar Door” weekend wine extravaganza on March 5 and 6, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m with 43 passport-lik... [Read more]
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3 weeks ago

Konevets Quartet returns to sing at St. Sava

The renowned Konevets Quartet from St. Petersburg, Russia, will present a concert in the St. Sava Church Hall on Saturday, January 23, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. This internationally acclaimed a cappella men’s group will present an evening filled with Russian, Greek and Serbian liturgical music, alternating with a rich variety of folk songs and ballads. Seating is limited! Tickets are $15. Reservations and prepayment are required; contact Danica, at (209) 223-4640. The hall is located at 724...

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01/07/2016 11:45 AM
You could win this brand new bike at Heroes Night, January 9. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Support Our Local Boys & Girls Club!

Please join Steve and Lori Stymeist on January 9 for the Annual Heroes Night at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. A cool, new motorcycle, donated by Steve and Lori Stymeist, will be auctioned off! This event kicks off the Boys & Girls Club 2016 fundraisers and will support the 15,000-square-foot new Boys & Girls Club facility now under construction in Placerville. The event starts at 5 p.m. with social hour and silent auction. Dinner, provided by the Benevolent Italians, will be at 6:30,...

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Stephen Curtis
12/29/2015 10:28 AM
Photo courtesy to Distant Cellars

For the third year in a row, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) has partnered with Distant Cellars in Fiddletown to offer a special limited wine release to raise money and awareness for an important cause. The mission of the NFFF is to honor and remember America’s fallen fire heroes, provide resources to assist their survivors and work within the fire service community to reduce firefighter deaths and injuries.

The annual special limited release of Tribute is produced and sold by family-owned and operated Distant...

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12/29/2015 10:59 AM
Sierra Ridge Winery and Culinary coffee tasting with Christian Waskiewicz. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Sarah Spinetta
Sierra Ridge Winery and Culinary had the pleasure of hosting a “Coffee Cupping Demonstration” Saturday, December 19 with the help of Christian Waskiewicz. He is the founder and roastmaster of Alpen Sierra and Coffee and has an exquisite palate that allows him to create many different delicious blends of coffee for your enjoyment. At the demonstration, Waskiewicz showed various ways to brew your typical “cup of Joe” such as using the French Press method to make a great tasting cup. Alpen Sierra Coffee beans are available at Sierra... [Read more]
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12/17/2015 11:27 AM

3/4 oz lemon juice

3/4 oz apple juice

1/2 oz honey syrup

1/2 oz Cointreau

1/4 oz orange juice

Shake all the ingredients and strain into a toddy glass and add hot water garnished with a cinnamon stick and a slice of orange with 3 cloves.

SAPPHIRE SPICE

2 parts Bombay Sapphire gin

1 large heaping spoonful of Pumpkin Puree and/or Pumpkin Pie Mix

1 tsb. Dark Brown Sugar

A dash of Vanilla Extract (7 drops)

2 dashes of Ground Cinnamon

Shake all the ingredients and strain into a toddy glass and...

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12/10/2015 11:40 AM
Join the fun at Behind the Cellar Door in Amador Wine Country. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Amador Vintner’s wine extravaganza, Behind the Cellar Door, is a weekend of wine seminars, sneak-peeks, special and large format wines, wine offerings, silent auction, music and more. All this takes place Friday, March 4, 2016 from 6-9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, March 5 and 6, 2016 from 10 a.m.to 4 p.m.

One of the most entertaining and educational wine events anywhere, Behind the Cellar Door features a commemorative wine glass for your barrel tasting and scrumptious eats at 43 family-owned Amador wineries, along with a cornucopia...

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11/19/2015 10:51 AM
When you’re buying your turkey for Thanksgiving or Christmas, consider purchasing one more and donating it to the Interfaith Food Bank this year. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
The Interfaith Food Bank needs your help to reach their goal of collecting 1,500 frozen turkeys for their 2015 Turkey Drive on November 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Jackson Grocery Outlet, Safeway and Save Mart. Or just stop by your favorite grocery store to purchase a frozen turkey to donate and drop it off at 12181 Airport Rd. from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Your donation will help to provide a complete holiday meal for families in need this holiday season. Don’t want to drive? Make and online contribution at feedamador.org. Or mail a... [Read more]
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11/12/2015 10:29 AM
Marbles is a blind Screech Owl, so he cannot be released into the wild. Amador Ledger Dispatch photos by Bill Lavallie

The Paws & Claws 7th annual Tri County Wildlife Care dinner and celebration started off with a roar as President Sandy Greene shared that this group would take in more than 800 critters this year and release more than half of them back into the wild. TCWC was also awarded Gold status with Guide Star and shared that 89 cents of every dollar donated goes to animal care and education with 65 to 75 cents being average.

An amazing dinner was prepared by the Native Sons and Daughters with wines by Scott Harvey. Bruce Whiteman outdid...

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11/12/2015 10:22 AM
Enjoy a host of flavors this weekend, including Montevina Terra D’oro wines, at Sutter Creek’s Winefest. ALD photo by Conni Boyd

The annual Winefest in Sutter Creek, sponsored by AmadorArts, is tomorrow! Stroll historic Main Street while tasting a huge selection of Amador County wines in Sutter Creek’s shops. Follow the adage “Save Water, Drink Wine,” and you’ll be helping to bring the arts to local schools.

Guests can check in to pick up their wine glass, wristband and tasting map at the Sutter Creek Auditorium starting at 4 p.m. Take a look at the huge silent auctions, one for Art, for Wine and a Table of Premier Gifts and Travel Packages. Start bidding...

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11/05/2015 10:39 AM
The Upcountry Community Center would like to invite everyone to our 9th Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Tuesday, November 23. Dinner will be served from 4 - 7 p.m. Call (209) 296-2785 to reserve your seat. A $3 donation is requested, but not required. [Read more]
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11/05/2015 10:17 AM
Friendly and curious cats like Edward await at the annual Cat Show. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

More than 200 cats are on route to town for the TICA All Breed Championship and Household Pet Cat Show taking place Saturday and Sunday, November 7 and 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, at the Evelynn Bishop Hall in Howard Park, 600 S. Church Street/Highway 124 in Ione.

Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for seniors 60 and over and children under 10. Children under five are free. For more information, visit winecountrycatclub.com.

Specialty cat products, toys, food and collectables will also be...

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10/29/2015 11:13 AM
Amador County Women’s Network’s 3rd annual Murder Mystery Dinner presented by the Volcano Theatre Group was a great success raising $2,500 in funds for our High School Girl’s Scholarship Fund. A fun time was had by all and the food at Teresa’s was wonderful. Photo courtesy of Amador County Women’s Network

Amador County Women’s Network luncheon will be November 28 at Thomi’s Banquet Room. This month’s speaker will be Rachel Andrews who will have tips on makeup and hair just in time for the holidays. Cost is $20 for lunch and a lot of fun with women in our community.

For more information, go to acwnonline.org.

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