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Steve Muni
4 days ago
Corinne Moore offers her Rhone-style wines at Wine Tree Farm’s off-the-grid tasting room. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Steve Muni
Wine Tree Farm is a very small winery, set on the hill overlooking the north end of the Sutter Creek Bypass, on Hwy 49. The first thing you notice is that the tasting room is rather dim. There’s one little bulb, located way up high in the middle of the room. And if the connecting door to the winery is open, you’ll notice that the winery itself is in darkness. Electricity is a rare and precious commodity at Wine Tree Farm. You’ll soon realize that you are in the first completely solar-powered winery in California, and the only one... [Read more]
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Brent Parsons
4 days ago
Pablo Valle is the owner and Patricia Santana is the manager of Sutter Creek’s new Mexican restaurant. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Brent Parsons
don’t know what the ratio of resident to restaurant should be, but I suspect Amador is above that average. To further prove my lack of research, I’ll go out on a limb and say our county offers more choices of Mexican cuisine than any other, except pizza. If American is a category and includes fast food outlets, diners, hamburger joints, delis and coffee shops, I stand corrected, again. A tourist destination attracts a bigger customer base, which translates into a better chance of survival in the notoriously ruthless business. It... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
4 days ago
Southern Drawl will play at Sutter Creek Theatre on May 6.
Sierra Repertory Theatre Presents Hank Williams: The Lost Highway from April 1 through May 15 at the Fallon House Theatre, 11175 Washington Street in Columbia. Country-Western icon Hank Williams touched millions in his short career. This spectacular musical biography will break your heart and lift your soul as it recounts his rise to country-music stardom and his demise at age 29 from hard living and bad luck. Williams’ legend lives on through songs that celebrate tenderness and hope. Jam-packed with 20 classic hits including... [Read more]
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Lisa Lucke
2 weeks ago

We’re all busy in our own way. My way is work, four teenagers who play sports and a husband who coaches, so on any given weeknight, I may be in a neighboring county, or beyond, when you factor in pre-season tournaments. This presents a problem when it comes to meal preparation.

Since I work from home, on most days, I can make adjustments (work at night or weekends or early morning) in order to be where I need to be, including the kitchen. I can even work from a deck overlooking a lake, or poolside with an umbrella drink next to me...

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Via Press Release
3 weeks ago

Tickets are on sale now for Mother Lode Harvest’s first Farm-to-Fork dinner on Saturday, June 18, at 5:30 p.m. at Abbondanza Farm in the Shenandoah Valley.

The Summer Solstice celebration includes a Mediterranean-inspired dinner prepared from locally grown foods, music, solstice festivities and a silent auction.

Dinner will feature lamb or vegetarian options. Appetizers, salad and the main course will abound with spring and early summer vegetables from local farms, followed by seasonal fruit shortcakes for dessert. Local wines...

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Caitlyn Schaap
3 weeks ago
The final performance in the Wildflower from Ashes concert series will be tomorrow night, April 16 at Bret Harte theater. ALD photo by Caitlyn Schaap
Sierra Repertory Theatre opens its 2016 season with its 300th production, “My Fair Lady,” a story of ambition, diligence, social boundaries and love. The show opened Saturday, February 27, with Sierra Rep’s sold-out 2016 Gala and runs through April 24 with performances Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m.; and Thursdays at either 2 or 7 p.m. Tickets range from $32 to $37. Seniors 60 and older receive $2 off, while student tickets are $25 and children ages 6 to 17 are $20 each. Special discount... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
3 weeks ago
Sunday, April 17, the ACUSD Jazz Band is playing at Drytown Cellars for their “Wet Ones Spring Pick Up Party”. The ACUSD (pronounced accused) Jazz Band is the Amador County Unified School District Jazz Band under the direction of educator emeritus, Hank King. The jazz band is a self-supporting club comprised of highly motivated and talented students from the county’s two high schools and two jr. high schools. They meet three mornings a week at 7 a.m. to practice. ACUSD Jazz Band has an unmistakably professional sound; if you’ve heard... [Read more]
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Guest Commentator
4 weeks ago
Ann Kraemer, of Yorba Wines, offered a vertical tasting of three Syrahs grown in her Shake Ridge Vineyards, with exotic food pairings. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Jerry Budrick

The sun shone, the birds sang and the wine poured. Wildflowers and Wine, Sutter Creek’s first spring wine and art festival, was off to a terrific start. Organized by Wine on 49, the association of Sutter Creek wineries and wine tasting rooms, it started six months ago with the idea of having a wine and art festival not only to celebrate Spring, but to create a fundraising effort for the victims of the Butte Fire. In fact, 50 percent of the proceeds of the event are earmarked for the Butte Fire Disaster Relief Fund.

The event was put...

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Via Press Release
4 weeks ago
Hank Williams: The Lost Highway plays at the Fallon House in Columbia through May 15. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Sierra Repertory Theatre opens its 2016 season with its 300th production, “My Fair Lady,” a story of ambition, diligence, social boundaries and love. The show opened Saturday, February 27, with Sierra Rep’s sold-out 2016 Gala and runs through April 24 with performances Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m.; and Thursdays at either 2 or 7 p.m. Tickets range from $32 to $37. Seniors 60 and older receive $2 off, while student tickets are $25 and children ages 6 to 17 are $20 each. Special discount... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
03/31/2016 12:05 PM

Eight Sierra Nevada foothill wineries are working to help reverse the destruction from last year’s Butte fire through their April 3rd event, Wildflowers and Wine.

The Butte fire claimed two lives, 921 structures and almost 71,000 acres in Amador and Calaveras counties. It cost the state an estimated $450 million in damage. Fifty percent of net proceeds from the Wildflowers and Wine event will be donated to the Butte Fire Disaster Relief Fund.

“The destruction was catastrophic for everyone who lives here and for the environment,”...

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Via Press Release
03/31/2016 12:07 PM
Birds of Chicago will play at the Sutter Creek Theatre tonight. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Sierra Repertory Theatre opens its 2016 season with its 300th production, “My Fair Lady,” a story of ambition, diligence, social boundaries and love. The show opened Saturday, February 27, with Sierra Rep’s sold-out 2016 Gala and runs through April 24 with performances Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m.; and Thursdays at either 2 or 7 p.m. Tickets range from $32 to $37. Seniors 60 and older receive $2 off, while student tickets are $25 and children ages 6 to 17 are $20 each. Special discount... [Read more]
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03/17/2016 12:18 PM
All are warmly invited to attend the Amador Youth Chamber Music Concert on Sunday, April 17, at 3 p.m. at the Ione Methodist Church. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Sierra Repertory Theatre opens its 2016 season with its 300th production, “My Fair Lady,” a story of ambition, diligence, social boundaries and love. The show opened Saturday, February 27, with Sierra Rep’s sold-out 2016 Gala and runs through April 24 with performances Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m.; and Thursdays at either 2 or 7 p.m. Tickets range from $32 to $37. Seniors 60 and older receive $2 off, while student tickets are $25 and children ages 6 to 17 are $20 each. Special discount... [Read more]
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My AChome admin
03/10/2016 1:51 PM

Karmère was our first stop, where we were served a nice minestrone soup that paired well with Empress Daisy Zinfandel. As always, it was great to see Hayley, Mark and Dr. Todd Pickens, the owner. This time, I had the pleasure of having him pour for our group. There is a beautiful landscape at Karmere, and Hayley is responsible for that.

Then it was off to Helwig, where we enjoyed the best cheddar cheese soup, paired with the Viognier, and BBQ ribs paired with Zinfandel. Food was made by Bill, Cheryl and Jenna Speed, of Billy...

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Bill Lavallie
03/10/2016 1:47 PM
Amador Ledger Dispatch photos by Bill Lavallie and Conni Boyd
Despite inclement weather, a group of hardy wine drinkers faced the cool winds and cloudy day heading for the Shenandoah Valley in Amador to taste the best wines in the area. Wineries offered great food and opened barrels of their future wines for visitors to taste the best of Amador. With a myriad of wine varietals and blends, there were wines to satisfy tastes for most visitors. [Read more]
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Lucy Hackett
02/25/2016 12:36 PM
The Gravity Supply Line carries water from PG&E’s Regulator Reservoir downhill to the Buckhorn Water Treatment Plant, by gravity, for free. Graphic courtesy of the Amador Water Agency

The Amador Water Agency Board of Directors invite the public to join them in dedicating the Upcountry Gravity Supply Line at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, March 4, 2016.

The short ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. at the AWA boardroom, at the AWA offices, in Sutter Hill.

The 6.6-mile, gravity-fed pipeline was put into daily use on December 21, delivering Mokelumne River water from the Tiger Creek Regulator Reservoir to the Buckhorn Water Treatment Plant.

This raw water supply for most Upcountry customers is now...

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Guest Commentator
02/25/2016 12:30 PM
John Miller and Tasso Maras are cooking up something great at the 7800. ALD Photo by Sarah Spinetta
David Tohm, owner of Kirkwood’s 7800 Bar and Grill, has been hard at work, incorporating new offers and events. The Bar is hosting many more events such as a variety of live bands and tap takeovers, and also adding new items to their menu. They will be keeping the popular dishes and adding a wide variety of new dishes to their menu, cooked by executive chef Tasso Maras. A sneak peak of what the 7800 will be adding to the menu is blackened salmon, poutine, chicken fried chicken (the same as chicken fried steak, but made with chicken... [Read more]
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Caitlyn Schaap
02/25/2016 12:18 PM
Bite Me Bakery’s cake pops are a popular dessert option for weddings. Photo by Lulu Watson, Wonderstruck photography by Lulu

Amanda Fryman wasn’t always a baker. She didn’t foster her passion for creating sweet treats as a little girl with an Easy-Bake oven. Instead, she discovered her passion as an adult, baking a cake for her son’s second birthday, and you could say the rest is history.

“After I made my son’s second birthday cake, I got addicted,” Amanda said. “I started doing it for other people and everyone said it was really good, ‘you should try selling it.’ I kept doing it more and more and now I’m booked pretty much every week, which is great.” ...

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Caitlyn Schaap
02/18/2016 12:07 PM
Guests began their tasting with an Almond Sparkling port paired with chocolate-dipped strawberries. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Caitlyn Schaap

February 13 was a perfect warm and sunny Saturday for Deaver Vineyards’ annual “Passion for Ports” event. The tasting event, which featured pink and red Valentine decor, offered guests a new spin on traditional Valentine’s Day sweets.

Attendees were offered the option of two types of glasses; a more traditional wine glass and a specialized small glass with a long straw-like stem, called a port sipper. Once guests selected their glass of choice, they were able to move from table to table, tasting eight different ports. A port is...

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Bill Lavallie
02/18/2016 12:03 PM
Nanett Piper won first place in the woman’s division. ALD photo by Bill Lavallie

On Monday, February 15 the annual Buena Vista Saloon Chili Cook-Off was won by a husband and wife team. Nanett Piper won first place in the woman’s division and her husband Neville Piper won first place in the men’s division

There were a total of 21 entries, which provided a formitable tasting challenge for the judges. In all there was not a bad chili in thegroup but it took some time to evaluate all the contenders.

Attendance was heavy, filling up the Saloon and forming somewhat of a tailgate party in the parking lot as everyone...

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Lisa Lucke
02/11/2016 12:08 PM
If you’re like me, and let’s hope you’re not, you’ve probably been hearing a buzz about Rosebud’s, on Main St., in Jackson, serving a special Valentine’s Day dinner this weekend. It’s true: Rosebud’s will be open on Sunday, February 14, for brunch, and then again for dinner, with a prix fixe menu and seating from 5:30 to 7 p.m. But first, I’m here to tell you about Rosebud’s game. As in, they’ve got some. I want to dispel the mystery surrounding the “farm-to-fork” category they are in, because there shouldn’t be anything mysterious... [Read more]
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