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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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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