Have you read my post Looking for Some Local Fun- “Daycation” part one?  Well we’re off to Amador County for “Local Fun, Daycation” Part II.
Pack a few wine country snacks…we like a fresh baguette, a wheel of Mt. Tam from Cowgirl Creamery, some seasonal fruit, and of course water… and head out to HWY 49 to Plymouth California. We picked 3 wineries that we like to visit to share with you.
First Stop:  Helwig Vineyards and Winery located just outside Plymouth, in the heart of the beautiful Shenandoah Valley.  We love Helwig’s contemporary barn design and rustic charm…oh, and the views will leave you breathless!  Grab a bottle of the Helwig Sauvignon Blanc to pair with your cheese and baguette, find a seat outdoors, and take in the beauty and splendor of the Shenandoah Valley. 11555 Shenandoah Rd.  Plymouth  California. Thy request no children under 14 in the Tasting Room or on our Cave Tours.
Second Stop: Jeff Runquist Wines.  Working with some of the finest growers in California, Jeff Runquist produces award winning red wines known for their beautiful fruit and silky tannins.  We like them all, but one stands out to us, the 2015 Charbono. 10778 Shenandoah Rd. Plymouth California. Kids and well mannered dogs allowed out on the patio.
3rd Stop: Renwood Winery.  Renwood produces some of the finest Zinfandels from historic old vine vineyards and the pioneering vineyards of tomorrow.  12225 Steiner Rd.  Plymouth California.  Renwood Winery is happy to welcome dogs & kids on their patio. Renwood also offers an array of artisan cheeses, charcuterie, food pairings and other gourmet, wine friendly foods 7 days a week and an additional selection of tasty deli sandwiches and salads Friday thru Sunday between 11am – 5pm.
Hungry?  A must stop is Amador County’s best dining experience- Restaurant Taste on Main Street in Plymouth.  Dinner is served Thursday – Monday opening at 5P on weekdays and 4:30P on weekends. Our menu favorites: Mushroom Cigars – crimini, shiitake, oyster mushrooms, fresh herbs and goat cheese wrapped in phyllo;  Seared Potato Gnocchi – English peas, mint, smoked pork belly, morel mushrooms, sour cream; The  Niman Ranch pork chop – grilled summer squash, faro, pasilla pepper, zucchini, stuffed squash blossom.    The entire menu is fabulous! You won’t be disappointed!

Here’s and extra bonus….

I don’t know about you, but after wine tasting we always feel like having a beer.  Well guess what?  Just across the way from Taste is  Amador Brewing Company. Wet your whistle with the Dirty Blond Ale.  The perfect ending to a perfect wine tasting day!

Cheers!