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Donna Kelley
6 days ago

Last Friday evening, many fortunate local individuals, including myself, were wined and dined in a beautiful, green-garden setting in Shenandoah Valley while celebrating the summer solstice.

Mother Lode Harvest, a non-profit organization supporting local farmers who provide a healthier growing environment for their produce, held its first-ever ‘Farm to Fork’ dinner – and what a spectacular dinner it was!

One of the goals of Mother Lode Harvest is to bring us closer to and introduce us to our local farms and farmers, so that we...

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Via Press Release
6 days ago
The Upcountry Rotary Club and the Amador Farmers Market have joined together to co-create a family night on the last Wednesday of each month, June through September. This event will be held in the Pine Grove Park at the same time the Pine Grove Farmers Market is being held, Wednesdays, 4 to 7 p.m. There will be food, wine, beer and sodas available for purchase and great local music provided by the Farmers Market. The Pine Grove park has climbing structures and slides for the children to play on while parents are enjoying an evening... [Read more]
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Jerry Budrick
6 days ago
Stuart Spencer, of St. Amant Winery, inspects some grapes. Photo courtesy of lodiwine.com
At the California State Fair Wine Competition, a wine made from grapes grown in Amador County was named “Best of Show,” which means it was chosen as the very best of thousands of California wines. St. Amant Winery, whose winemaking facilities are in Lodi, grows grapes on family property in Jackson Valley. St. Amant’s 2014 “The Road Less Travelled” Tempranillo was awarded a Double Gold by the State Fair judges, earned 98 out of 100 possible points, and was ultimately crowned Best of Show Red, Best of Region Red and Best of Class of... [Read more]
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6 days ago
Sobon Estate Syrah 2013 was named ‘Best of Show.’ Photo courtesy of Mike Dunne
Sobon Estate’s 2013 Syrah was awarded Best of Show in the 2016 Amador County Fair Wine Competition. Entries in the competition were up by 10 percent, to more than 500 wines. Awards given were 45 double-gold medals, 80 gold, 212 silver and 107 bronze. Other top awards included: Best White Wine — Andis Wines Amador County 2015 Sauvignon Blanc; Best Red Wine — Sobon Estate Amador County 2013 Syrah; Best Dessert/Other Wine —— Shendandoah Vineyards Amador County 2013 Black Muscat; and Best Blush Wine — Bray Vineyards Shenandoah Valley... [Read more]
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6 days ago

Named for their feisty and edgy side, Wicked Sisters will play at Bella Grace Vineyards’ tasting room in Sutter Creek on Friday, June 24.

“Their enthusiasm is infectious,” said Dewey Allan, Bella Grace Vineyards Tasting Room Manager. “They always perform something for everyone.”

Playing a mix of original and cover songs, including hits by artists ranging from Bonnie Raitt to Jewel, the folk band is best known for their a cappella harmonies.

“They’ll have you singing along,” said Allan. “Their harmonies are amazing.” ...

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Caitlyn Schaap
2 weeks ago
The Amador Ledger Dispatch, in partnership with Cost Less Foods and Hanford Courte Park, is proud to announce the Taste of Amador, a summer food and drink event to benefit the Interfaith Food Bank. The event, scheduled for August 27 at Hanford Courte in Sutter Creek, will showcase the best our community has to offer, with local wine and beer tasting and delicious food sampling. Guests will wander the shaded, lush gardens of Hanford Courte Park as they taste farm-to-fork samples and sip local wines and brews while special guests... [Read more]
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Lisa Lucke
2 weeks ago
In the span of almost 20 years, I worked in well over a dozen restaurants, bars, cafes, delis, and pizzerias, at every possible position: dish dog, prep cook, line cook, waitress, cocktail waitress, and bartender; I’ve helped open new establishments, mostly mom and pop shops, but a few corporate entities as well. I can say that the most successful independently owned restaurants that I’ve worked in embraced the following winning formula: Make great food, mostly from scratch, execute every dish consistently, and offer it at fair... [Read more]
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Steve Muni
2 weeks ago
Hundreds of plain brown bags contained the wines for judging. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Steve Muni

They swirled, they sniffed, they swished and slurped, and then they spat. With more than 500 entries to evaluate, the 21 judges of the Wine Competition for the 2016 Amador County Fair gathered on Saturday, June 11, at the Amador County Fairgrounds, and got down to business.

Last year, I served as a wine judge myself, for the Homemade Wine Competition. This year, I worked as a volunteer wine bottle opener and pourer for the commercial wine competition. I almost ended up as a judge myself, but the tardy judge showed up at the last...

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Via Press Release
2 weeks ago
"State Fair" opens at Sierra Rep this weekend. Photo courtesy of SRT

Tom, Dick & Harry

Take three brothers, a confused wife, an efficient adoption agent, one nosey cop and an illegal Croatian couple who can’t speak English, stir well ... come and see this hilarious, fast-paced farce and be prepared to laugh ’til your sides hurt. “Tom, Dick & Harry” will be presented by Volcano Theatre Company in the Volcano Amphitheatre from June 10 to July 9, Friday and Saturday nights. Doors open at 6:30 for picnicking and curtain is at 8 p.m. General admission is $18. Seniors 62 and older are $16 and students...

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Lisa Lucke
3 weeks ago
Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Lisa Lucke

It doesn’t take more than five minutes (and perhaps a few bites of the Brickhouse Brews’ burger) to figure out that downtown Jackson’s newest restaurant has every box ticked on the check list of what any dining and drinking establishment needs to succeed: a great product, a friendly staff, and hands-on owner/operators with plenty of restaurant experience and a love for the business. Add an easygoing vibe and floor-to-ceiling sliding windows with an open-air view of Main St. and you’ve got a recipe for overnight success.

Tucked...

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Caitlyn Schaap
3 weeks ago
"State Fair" begins at Sierra Rep on June 18. Photo courtesy to the ALD
Take three brothers, a confused wife, an efficient adoption agent, one nosey cop and an illegal Croatian couple who can’t speak English, stir well ... come and see this hilarious, fast-paced farce and be prepared to laugh ’til your sides hurt. “Tom, Dick & Harry” will be presented by Volcano Theatre Company in the Volcano Ampitheatre from June 10 to July 9, Friday and Saturday nights. Doors open at 6:30 for picnicking and curtain is at 8 p.m. General admission is $18. Seniors 62 and older are $16 and students 18 and under are $14.... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
4 weeks ago
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike will play through June 12 at Sierra Repertory Theatre. Photo courtesy of SRT
Baker Street Players present the world premier of “Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the American Twins” by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro. The show, which is directed by Beth Barnard, opened May 20 and runs Friday and Saturday evenings through June 11 at Baker Street West, located above Hein & Co. Bookstore on Main Street, in Jackson. All shows begin at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30. Tickets are $30 and include dessert, and tickets for the opening and closing night galas are $40. Call (209) 223-2215 or email info@bakerstreetwest.com to... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
05/26/2016 12:27 PM

The Barbera Festival has caught the attention of legions of wine lovers throughout the West. Set in a beautiful meadow under the shade of magnificent oaks, the event provides attendees with the unique opportunity to compare and contrast this versatile varietal, including four barberas from Italy selected by Darrel Corti.

The Barbera Festival was founded in 2011 by Brian Miller and Deirdre Mueller, owners of the Amador360 Winery Collective tasting room. Their goal in creating the event was to celebrate barbera’s rich history in...

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Bill Lavallie
05/26/2016 12:42 PM
Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie

A Divine Affair attracted wine lovers and foodies alike to enjoy wine and food tasting at the Jackson Rancheria last weekend. The event featured Northern California wineries, specialty food vendors such as olive oil producers, specialty chocolate, cigar tastings and more. Plus, there were small bites from each of Jackson Rancheria’s five restaurants. Attendees also enjoyed a variety of live entertainment on three stages that included Latin Magic with Peter Castanon, specializing in Oldies,

Latin Rock and Old School, and a special...

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Via Press Release
05/26/2016 12:40 PM
Chaw’se Day is this weekend, May 28 and 29. Photo courtesy to the ALD
Baker Street Players present the world premier of “Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the American Twins” by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro. The show, which is directed by Beth Barnard, opened May 20 and runs Friday and Saturday evenings through June 11 at Baker Street West, located above Hein & Co. Bookstore on Main Street, in Jackson. All shows begin at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30. Tickets are $30 and include dessert, and tickets for the opening and closing night galas are $40. Call (209) 223-2215 or email info@bakerstreetwest.com to... [Read more]
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Caitlyn Schaap
05/19/2016 12:28 PM
The event raised funds for Sutter Creek Elementary and Primary Schools. ALD photo by Bill Lavallie
Last Friday, Bella Grace Tasting Room, in Sutter Creek, hosted the annual Savor Amador fundraising gala, dinner and auction. The elegant event benefited Sutter Creek Elementary and Primary Schools, providing funds for essential programs like art, PE and music. The event was catered by R C Pizza Wagon of Pine Grove, with beer provided by Provisions of Sutter Creek and wine provided by Bella Grace. There was a live auction, raffle and silent auction. Many of the items available to win were beautiful pieces of art created by Sutter... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
05/19/2016 12:18 PM
The 136th Annual Italian Picnic and Parade will be June 3, 4 and 5. ALD photo by Bill Lavallie
Baker Street Players present the world premier of “Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the American Twins” by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro. The show, which is directed by Beth Barnard, opened May 20 and runs Friday and Saturday evenings through June 11 at Baker Street West, located above Hein & Co. Bookstore on Main Street, in Jackson. All shows begin at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30. Tickets are $30 and include dessert, and tickets for the opening and closing night galas are $40. Call (209) 223-2215 or email info@bakerstreetwest.com to... [Read more]
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Caitlyn Schaap
05/19/2016 12:40 PM
Some Shrimp Feed attendees came prepared for a big, tasty meal with their own bibs. Photo by Pam Greene

Last year at this time, Miners’ Bend Park was just an idea. The area where it now stands, almost complete, had been cleaned up a little bit, but the park itself was more of a dream than a reality. That was when the Sutter Creek Community Benefit Foundation held its inaugural Shrimp Feed to raise money to begin its project, creating Miners’ Bend Park.

Now, a year later, SCCBF once again hosted its Shrimp Feed in order to raise the final funds to complete the park. Last Saturday’s dinner was hosted and sponsored by the Native Sons of...

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Via Press Release
05/19/2016 12:33 PM
Mother Lode Harvest, a local foods and farm products association, is having its spring quarter open house at the farm of one of its producer members on Sunday, May 22, from noon. to 3 p.m. The event will take place at Casa de la Pradera, the farm of Alice Kaiser, 20161 American Flat Road, in Fiddletown. Mother Lode Harvest members, as well as local residents who would like to learn about sustainable agriculture and accessing local food, are invited to tour the farm and enjoy demonstrations, information and light refreshments. Other... [Read more]
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05/12/2016 12:53 PM

Cruise on down to Main Street, Jackson, for Shine, Wine & Dine on Saturday, May 21, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — a day of wine, art, music and gorgeous vintage cars. It’s free fun for the whole family in historic Jackson!

The sixth annual Motherlode Cruise car show will take you back in time with 125 vintage cars, from Model “T”s to muscle cars. Stroll down Main Street to enjoy blues tunes by The Esquires Chicago Blues Party, fine arts and crafts for sale by local artists and Main Street’s unique shops and eateries.

Wine tasting with...

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