The annual Four Fires Festival hit the bull's-eye. Serving local Amador County wines and foods, the festival featured wines representing four key wine regions. Guests meandered through the wine stations at their leisure, keeping it fun and relaxing!
Experience Iberian wines under one tent. Then Italian wines. Now try Rhone/Southern France. And of course, Heritage Californian wines, honoring California's wine history from the mid-1800s.
There were so many wines to try, so many foods to taste, and so many sessions to attend, there was more to experience than you could fit in one day. But it's worth trying anyway!
Highlights of the day:
Women in Wine. This session featured (L to R:) Corinne Moore of Wine Tree Farms, Tracy Hart of Le Mulet Rouge Vineyards & Winery, Moderator Jamie Lubenko of Prospect Cellars, Dawn Martella of Karmere Vineyards & Winery, Michael Havill of Bella Grace Vineyards, and Emily Haines of Terra d'Oro Winery.
As much as I enjoy tasting wines, I love learning about wine. Four Fires offered drop-in sessions for attendees: Wine Tasting 101, Farm-to-Fork Fact or Fiction, Women in Wine, The Next Generation of Wine in Amador County, and Beer vs. Wine: a Pairing Tug of War.
I attended the Farm-to-Fork Fact or Fiction and Women in Wine sessions. In the past, I've been to wine sessions at the Unified Wine and Grape Symposium, the WIX, and local wine classes. Though not as technical as industry sessions, these were fabulous. Informative, approachable, and geared for the hobbyist as well as industry minded, I'll plan my wine tasting around the sessions next year!
The Amador Four Fires is definitely a save-the-date event!
I particularly enjoyed running into winemakers I've had the pleasure of meeting from the area,
such as: Eric & Emily Hays of Chateau Davell (site) in Camino,
Emily Haines of Terra d'Oro Winery (see my post) in Plymouth,
and Mica Raas from 1850 Wine Cellars (see my post) in Sutter Creek.
Hopefully, you'll get a chance to attend the Four Fires Festival.
There is a relaxed pace to the event, yet there is so much to experience.
So choose your pace, bring a friend, and enjoy the setting.
Cheers to you and your California festival jaunts!
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