Wine lovers enamored with the rich, robust wines of Amador County in California’s picturesque Sierra foothills can soon savor them to their heart’s content. Every year in early October, member wineries of the Amador Vintners will host “The Big Crush,” the vintners’ annual Harvest Wine Festival. For two days during the heart of the grape harvest season, Amador aficionados can partake of great wine, food, music and watch harvest in action amidst the scenic beauty of Amador Wine Country.
For over 16 years, winery members of the Amador Vintners Association have held a collective fête in the thick of the busiest part of the year – a rare occurrence in busy wine country regions. During The Big Crush, over 40 winery members of the group will see to it that guests observe the sights, sounds, and the smells of the harvest season.
At The Big Crush, guests will witness picking, crushing, pressing, and fermenting fruit. They’ll taste grapes fresh off the vine, and meet winery principals and owners. For the grape growers and vintners of Amador County wine is a passion and not just a crush...they’ll be sharing their enthusiasm through barrel tasting, blending sessions, and educational presentations.
At the center of this two day affair is the opportunity to taste the wines that flourish in the region - from Zinfandel and Barbera to Syrah and Mourvedre. Amador County’s succulent red wines and fresh whites have recently taken the California State Fair by storm winning a total of 138 medals! Guests will taste the winners and other of the region’s signature wines along with creatively presented food pairings.
A variety of musical acts will celebrate the harvest in Amador County as an eclectic mix from solo jazz artists to dance bands provides entertainment at many of the wineries.
Tickets for the “Big Crush,” good for wine tasting, food and all activities including a commemorative wine glass are available at the Amador Vintners website at www.amadorwine.com.