Califonia Bountiful

On location: Amador County

January/February 2018 California Bountiful magazine

Organized in 1854, Amador County once hosted gold miners and California's first major winemaking region—indeed, it's home to the oldest documented vineyard in the U.S. Today, winegrapes remain Amador's top crop, and upward of 60 wineries can be found throughout the county. You'll also find a host of small towns, such as Sutter Creek, Jackson and Plymouth, all tied together by Highway 49.





Jim Spinetta, Plymouth

The Spinettas have been farming in Amador County since 1852, starting with a mobile winery and crusher before settling on the north side of the county. Jim Spinetta represents the fourth generation and is the winemaker at Charles Spinetta Winery and Wildlife Art Gallery. He also serves as president of the Amador County Farm Bureau.





Amador Flower Farm, Plymouth

Ken and Jeanne Deaver specialize in daylilies, of which they have more than 1,300 varieties, along with demonstration gardens. The farm also hosts events such as Spring Fling in April, an Easter egg hunt with 14,000 eggs, and Daylily Days during peak bloom in June.




Daffodil Hill, Volcano

The McLaughlin ranch comes alive each March with thousands of daffodil blooms, a tradition begun in 1877 when the original owner planted the bulbs in honor of his native Holland. Daffodil season lasts only a few weeks, so call 209-296-7048 before you go.



Behind the Cellar Door, countywide

Every March, more than four dozen wineries in the Amador Vintners Association hold barrel tastings, seminars, food pairings and demonstrations at wineries up and down the Shenandoah Valley. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Pechette




Taste, Plymouth

This fine-dining restaurant offers a wide range of local and regional wines to go with its ever-changing seasonal menus—featuring regional ingredients from Grimaud Farms, Del Rio Farms and Rosen Farms, among others.


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