As much County Fair as Wine Festival

Thirty years ago, Amador County grape grower Ken Deaver had a line that brought a smile to his face and a twinkle to his eyes no matter how often he repeated it.  Whenever someone said that Amador County was being discovered for its wine, Deaver gently corrected them, saying Amador County was being rediscovered for its wine.

“An amazing food and wine culture is developing here…”

His point was that grapes have been grown and wine has been made in Amador County since the Gold Rush, but that few people seemed to know that history.  On his Shenandoah Valley farm, Deaver himself was tending vines that dated from the 1860s.

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