OK wine folkies, for those of you who are Barbera lovers Cooper Vineyards in Amador County is hosting a Barbera Festival on June 11th! This is a state-wide festival and I understand 70 wineries will be in attendance! For those of you who may not be familiar with Cooper Vineyards, Dick Cooper is a Berbera master. He’s the go-to guy for Berbera in Amador County.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Amador County, what the heck are you waiting for an invitation or something? It’s like 45 minutes from El Dorado Hills. They don’t charge to taste and the wine makers and growers are hanging around to talk with you! These folks are making fabulous red’s like Barbera (obviously), Syrah, Petite Syrah, Zin, Primotivo, Mourvedre, Cabernet Sav and a variety of blends. White’s too. Viognier, Sav Blanc, Pino Grigio, and Rousanne. Each winery does one or two unique bottles, Cooper does a nice Marsanne, Il Gioiellio an interesting Aglianico, Andis a tasty Tannat, and Wilderotter a killer Granache Rose that is outstanding chilled on a 101 degree summer afternoon. You’ll want to stop by and see Tom and Thomas over at Dillian also. These are two of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet and every one of their wines is delicious. Sobon has a number of tremendous wines also, their Primo is a particular standout. Those wineries are just a few of our favorites. If you make it all the way to Sobon you’re almost to Fair Play in El Dorado County. Great wineries up there too but we’ll save that conversation for another day.
See you at Cooper on the 11th!