11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Terroir of Amador: What Makes Wine from

Amador County So Special?

Ask any wine judge or critic what makes a wine special and you will undoubtedly hear “a sense of place” as a reply. That “sense of place’ is what makes you say, “that wine is from Amador”. Soil, climate and elevation are just a few of the many factors that contribute to how a wine is reflective of the region from which it comes. Hear from three of Amador’s most knowledgeable winegrowers about what it is that truly give Amador Wines a sense of place. Featuring Ann Kramer, vineyard owner/manager Shake Ridge Vineyards and owner, Yorba Wines; Bill Easton, owner/winemaker at Terre Rouge/Easton Wines and Scott Harvey, owner/winemaker at Scott Harvey Wines.

12:45 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Women In Wine

This panel features several of Amador’s notable female winemakers. We will explore their individual stories, perceptions of the wine industry and how they see women making more of an impact in the years to come. Panelists include Michael Havill, Bella Grace Vineyards; Dawn Martella, Karmere Vineyards & Winery; Emily Haines, Terra d’Oro Winery; Tracy Hart, Le Mulet Rouge Vineyard & Winery; Corinne Moore, Wine Tree Farm; Susan Feist of Feist Wines. Moderated by Jamie Lubenko, Owner of Prospect Cellars.

1:45 – 2:30 p.m.

The Art of Pairing Wine and Cheese

Everybody (almost) loves wine and cheese. Finding the perfect wine to go with your favorite cheese or across selections on a cheese board can be daunting, but oh so satisfying when you get it right. While ultimately, it’s subjective, there are some great tips and strategies to help along the way. Hear from two of the Sacramento region’s experts on the what, how and why of wine and cheese pairing. Featuring Keith Fergel, General Manager, Taylor’s Kitchen in Sacramento and Candidate for Master Sommelier; and, Roxanne O’Brien, instructor and cheese monger for the American River College Culinary Program and owner of C’est la Cheese in Sacramento.

2:45 – 3:30 p.m.

The Millennials Are Coming! The Millennials Are Coming!

A new generation of winemakers is starting to emerge in Amador County, coming from the age group it seems no one can stop talking about: Millennials. Participate in a lively discussion with four of Amador’s youngest winemakers and see how they are doing things differently (or not) from their esteemed predecessors. Featuring Emily Haines, winemaker at Terra D’Oro Winery; Nick Finarelli, winemaker at Turley Amador; Rob Holgate, owner/winemaker at Holgate Hill; and, Chris Walsh, owner/winemaker at The End of Nowhere Wines. Moderated by local wine expert and radio personality, Rick Kushman.


(Taking place in the VIP Zone. Available only to VIP ticketholders.)

10:45 – 11:30 a.m.

Meet & Greet With Winemakers

Step up and meet the award-winning winemakers pouring wines featured nowhere else at the event: Emily Haines (Terra d’Oro/Montevina), Chaim Gur-Arieh (C.G. DiArie Vineyard and Winery), Mica Raas (1850 Wine Cellars) and Robert Morse (Rancho Victoria Vineyards).


12:30 – 1 p.m.

Wine Tasting 101: Sip, Swirl, and Smell
Review the three basics of wine tasting. G. M. “Pooch” Pucilowski, Certified Wine Educator, takes you through the essentials of using your taste buds, swirling, and inhaling.

1:30 – 2:15 p.m.

A Conversation With A Food & Wine Icon

Since 1973 Mike Dunne has been the tastemaker for the Sacramento region. For more than 30 years, Mike was the Features Editor at the Sacramento Bee while also holding the title of Food Editor, Wine Columnist and Restaurant Critic. His writing was inspired by visiting wine regions across California with a special love for wines produced in the Sierra Foothills. Mike recently published his last column for The Bee and now you have the opportunity to hear his reflections on more than three decades writing about the local food and wine scene along with the opportunity to ask questions of one of Sacramento’s food and wine icons.