Andis Wines

A Splash of Modern in Old Amador A visit here is to venture into the best of the old and the new of the Sierra Foothills wine scene. Founded in 2010 by Andy Friedlander and Janis Akuna, the Andis winery is a modern state of the art “green” designed winery with a focus not only […]

Turley Wine Cellars – Amador

Looking for the gold standard in the gold country? Larry Turley, a physician by trade, founded Turley Wine Cellars in 1993 in Napa Valley based on the idea of preserving California’s oldest vineyards and demonstrating what great wines they are capable of producing. With early rave reviews and a rabid mailing list following, Turley, with […]

Three Wine Company

Premier Winery Experience participant and Passport to Zinfandel participant   The Old Sugar Mill, which was built in 1934 to process sugar beets, has been repurposed into a center for artisanal wineries, events, food trucks, picnicking, and a live entertainment and concert venue. The historic and defunct sugar facility is now a popular historic landmark […]

Wilson Winery

Premier Winery Experience participant and Passport to Zinfandel participant   A day of visiting Dry Creek Valley would not be complete without paying a visit to one of its landmark structures and wineries – Wilson Winery. Lovingly restored and modernized for state of the art winemaking, the century-old Wilson Winery is the domain of Diane […]

Seghesio Family Vineyards

Premier Winery Experience participant and Passport to Zinfandel participant Immigration, survival, determination, re-invention. Going to legendary Seghesio Family Vineyards in Healdsburg is to connect back in time to the hard-working origins of California wine and to view the entire colorful history of Sonoma County and California wine through a modern lens. And visiting today is […]

Ridge Lytton Springs

Premier Winery Experience participant and Passport to Zinfandel participant Dry Creek Valley Paul Draper’s influence on the preservation and elevation of California Zinfandel cannot be understated. The Ridge Lytton Springs winery estate in Sonoma is a testament to Draper’s trailblazing vision beginning back in the 1960’s at the Ridge Monte Bello Winery of making mountain […]

Ridge Vineyards

Premier Winery Experience participant and Passport to Zinfandel participant   Is there a more spectacular contrast of the old and new in California? Sequestered high atop the Santa Cruz mountains, the historic Ridge winery originally built in 1885 by Osea Perrone that once looked down on Santa Clara’s orchards and vineyards now looks directly down […]

McCay Cellars

Premier Winery Experience participant and Passport to Zinfandel participant Where else can you taste great Zinfandels sitting in a cozy grape gondola “booth” – big tires and all – and all of the place’s design features are wine artifacts and relics – plus an entire actual huge old hanging grapevine – roots down to the […]