Meet Melinda Klescewski, Director of Hospitality, Vino Noceto

One of the many joys Melinda Klescewski experiences as Director of Hospitality for Vino Noceto is the delight she sees in guests’ faces as they sip and savor the perfect pairings offered at the weekend Food and Wine Tasting Experience. Six different wines are paired with carefully chosen and delectable bites prepared by Chef Beth Sogaard of Amador Vintage Market. “Guests take the first sip and nod approval, then take the first food offering in one full bite, and sip again. That’s when the magic happens. Flavors explode in their mouths and their eyes grow as big as tea cups. It’s wonderful.”


 “I want people to know about the wines of Vino Noceto, the wines of Amador, and the people and beauty of this very different, unspoiled, and beautiful place.”

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Meet Jennifer Hunt, Tasting Room Manager and Wine Club Manager, Renwood Winery

When you make that absolutely Must Stop at Renwood Winery’s stunning Tasting Room, don’t be surprised if it’s the Tasting Room Manager herself who opens the door for you. For Jennifer Hunt, this courtesy embodies not only her ‘attention-to-detail’ customer service philosophy, but her ‘lead-by-example’ management style. This philosophy and style combine with her considerable wine expertise and intense passion to provide Renwood guests with a highly personalized and rewarding wine-tasting experience, and her staff the direction and support they need to embrace and advance successful customer relationships.


“I want more than anything to showcase this phenomenal area’s beauty and wines. To welcome people to Renwood and to Amador.”

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Meet Kristen Betton, Tasting Room Manager, Yorba Wines

That she is pouring extraordinary wines is something Kristen Betton, Tasting Room Manager for Yorba Wines, never takes for granted.  As an Amador County native, she knows first-hand how hard Ann Kraemer, owner and wine-grower extraordinaire of Shake Ridge Vineyards–the source of for Yorba’s legendary Barberas, Syrahs, Zinfandels, and Tempanillos–works to produce these exceptionally varietals.

“… Amador—a community, a family if you will, of people working very hard, striving for and achieving excellence.”

“It is a great source of pride to me to know how hard Ann and her family and crew strive for excellence.  I have incredible respect for the hard work that goes into every ounce of the wonderful wine I pour.”

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Meet Dewey Allan, Tasting Manager, BellaGrace Vineyards

When BellaGrace Winery’s Tasting Room Manager Dewey Allan talks about the spirits who inhabit the 1850 Victorian Cottage in Sutter Creek, one of the winery’s two tasting rooms, his eyes glow with a mischievous twinkle.  While “Vincent” has appeared before many guests, a little girl has yet to be seen.  As for that little girl, “Guests should ask to see the photo behind the tasting room bar,” he suggests with more than a hint of mystery.


“like other well-known wine areas were 30 years ago”

The third spirit Dewey fails to mention is his own indomitable one. Dewey’s love and enthusiasm for Amador County, his job as Tasting Room Manager, and, of course, the award-winning BellaGrace Wines is evident in all he does.

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