The Event

Amador County Fairgrounds May 4, 2019 11 AM - 4PM

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See some of our previous popular event attractions below.

Beer vs. Wine Round Two

Back by popular demand! 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

All day participate in Amador Cigar Club’s fun smoke & libation pairing takes, Informal Chats and Cooking Demos by all five participating chefs; experience a Sensory Station featuring barrel woods, soils, and other origins of wine scents and flavor. Throughout the day, scheduled talks include “Wine Tasting 101: Sip, Swirl, and Smell,” by G. M. Pucilowski, Certified Wine Educator; “Man vs. Woman: Which gender makes the better wine judge (and winemaker)” with Mike and Martha Dunne, renown wine judges; “Keeping it in the Family: Meet multi-generation wineries and what the current generation is doing differently (a lot!), “Women in Wine: Meet four award-winning women winemakers” and find out the challenges and rewards; “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

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.

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”.


2018 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, Helwig Winery, Il Gioiello, Iron Hub, Jeff Runquist Wines, 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, Turley Wine Cellars, Uphill Vineyards, Urban Legend, 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, 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 2018! Explore Amador Cigar & Pipe Club’s unique take on pairings. Enjoy Amador Brewing’s locally crafted beer. Explore the Interactive Stations. 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

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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Plan to visit Amador County in early 2019? Stop in at participating wineries and partners across Amador County to purchase your tickets in-person and avoid ticketing fees when they go on sale! Check back here in 2019.