New Features

See a complete list of Special Features, Expert Panels, Interactive Stations, and more!

Meet the Experts

Meet the Experts

New at Amador Four Fires this year we are hosting a panel of experts including Sara Schneider of Sunset Magazine, Jim Gordon of Wine Enthusiast, David Glancy of the SF Wine School, Bob Bath of the Culinary Institute of America, and other media. They will take the sound stage at noon for a special one-hour discussion on how to taste wine better, and how to taste better wine, complete with a Q&A session from the audience. MC for this panel will be Rick Kushman of Cap Radio in Sacramento. 

Live BottleTalk Show

Live BottleTalk Show

Rick Kushman of Cap Radio’s Kushman by the Bottle and Paul Wagner will host a live version of their fun-loving wine podcast: BottleTalk with Rick and Paul. The show is now in its third year, and is proudly promoted by Cap Radio right alongside Fresh Air, A Prairie Home Companion, and Marketplace on their podcast playlist. Rick and Paul make fun of wine snobs while they take questions from the audience and talk about pet peeves in the world of wine.

Beer vs. Wine

Beer vs. Wine

Come meet a panel of beer and wine experts as they discuss these beloved libations. An in-depth debate on food pairings among the two is followed by open discussion and questions from guests. Beer- and wine-lovers unite to soak in the unique insight of this renown panel of experts: "Big Mike" Moore: BJCP National Beer Judge since 1988, educator of sensory training, food pairing specialist, and writer. Scott Harvey: Winemaker & Owner of Scott Harvey Wines, creator of "Menage a Trois" line of wines, enologist. Will Pritchard: Brewer & Owner of Amador Brewing Company, craft beer innovator, Amador County Fair Competition Award winner with five medals in first year. Tracey Berkner (Moderator): Owner of Restaurant Taste, James Beard Award and Wine Spectator Award of Excellence winner, top ratings by ZAGAT

Immerse Yourself

Immerse Yourself

All day participate in Informal Chats and Cooking Demos by all five participating chefs; experience Renwood's Sensory Station featuring barrel woods, soils, and other origins of wine scents and flavor; explore SipScore's interactive station. Throughout the day, scheduled talks include "Wine Tasting 101: Sip, Swirl, and Smell," by G. M. Pucilowski, Certified Wine Educator; "Conscious Tasting: How to size up beer like a pro" with “Big Mike” Moore; "Winemaker's Choice: What moves us" with Joe Shebl, Renwood Winery and Chris Leamy, Terra d'Oro Winery; "Wine & Food Pairings: There are no rules" with Phil Werfelmann, Sommelier followed by a panel Q&A session where by G. M. Pucilowski, Certified Wine Educator joins Phil to answer your wine pairing questions.

The Food

Four Fires

Four regions, open fire cooking. Traditional foods of Spain, Italy, France, and Heritage California are paired with wines of the region.

Five Chefs

Five extraordinary chefs demonstrate their talents preparing spectacular dishes over open flame.

Delicious Food

Imagine huge pans of simmering paella, herb-encrusted lamb on a spit, and bistecca fiorenza.

Open Flame

Dramatic open pits featuring succulent birds on spits, grilled seafood, roasted pork, lamb, and venison.


The Wine

200 Wines

Nearly 200 wines from over 40 wineries are poured. Zinfandel, Barbera, Tempranillo, Syrah and many more are served with food of the region.

Four Regions

Celebrating the four distinctive wine regions that inspire the Amador winemakers and winegrowers: Southern France, Italy, Iberia, and "Heritage California”.


2017 Participating wineries include: 1850 Cellars, Amador Cellars, Andis, Avio, BellaGrace Vineyards, Binz, Bray Vineyards, C. G. Di Arie, Cooper Vineyards, Deaver, Dillian, Distant Cellars, Dobra Zemlja, Driven, Dry Town, Feist, Fiddletown Cellars, Helwig Winery, Il Gioiello, Iron Hub, Jeff Runquist Wines, and Karmere.


Kendric, Legendre, Le Mulet Rouge, Los Portales, Matthew Gibson, Morse, Prospect Cellars, Rancho Victoria, Renwood Winery, Scott Harvey, Sera Fina, Shenandoah Vineyards, Sobon Estate, Story, Terra d’Oro, Terre Rouge/Easton, Uphill Vineyards, Vino Noceto, Wilderotter, Winetree Farm, Yorba Wines, and Youngs

The Immersion


Immersion into a Region

Amador Four Fires is an immersion into a region, not just the food and wine. All the senses are ignited. Seminars, cooking demonstrations, locavore tastings, art walk, and more…


All day long meet the winemakers, chefs, craftsmen, owners, families and residents that make up the local businesses. Amador's a chance to engage in conversations, meet the "artists" and find out why so many have "discovered" this intimate and authentic region.

Local Chats

Seminars are 30 minutes with speakers upfront and up close. Engage in topics as diverse as Blending Techniques to Amador Soils and Wine to food pairings, growing organically, winemaking techniques, the craft of brewing, and much more.

And More...

New for 2017! Enjoy Amador Brewing's locally crafted beer. Explore the Renwood Sensory Station and SipScore's Interactive Station. Sample local purveyors of sauces, olive oils, crafts, and more. Take the festival home with you! Wine Sales (20% off retail on selected wines). Cooking Demonstrations, and more.


The Music

Jesse Hendricks

Dedicated to his work with the Spanish Guitar, his eclectic style speaks of World Music; music that combines sounds and rhythms from all over the world, especially from Spain and South America.

Wasted Space

Taking you back to the heart and soul of Rock & Roll WASTED SPACE brings you your favorite Classic Rock hits of the 60's and 70's from the Beatles to Janis Joplin. Our heart is in it; we do it because we love it!

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Amador Four Fires Festival Tickets



All Access Admission
$75$75 Early Bird Special (ends Apr 15th). After Apr 15th the price increases to $80. $85 day of event
  • Ticket prices are all inclusive:
  • Wine and Food
  • Souvenir Glass and Parking
  • Interactive Stations
  • Local Chats and Panels
  • Live Music
VIP Experience
$125$120 Early Bird Special (ends Apr 15th). After Apr 15th the price increases to $125. $155 day of event
  • Premier experience including early entry, exclusive seating area, unique wines available nowhere else at event, blending seminar, food pairings, gift bag, and more. Tickets are all inclusive. See The Event > VIP Experience for details
Designated Drivers
  • Ticket prices are all inclusive:
  • Free Soda and Water
  • Food
  • Free Parking
  • Interactive Stations
  • Local Chats and Panels
  • Live Music