I had always wanted to go wine tasting in Amador County, mainly because I had heard they have great wines and all of their wine tastings are FREE. So when my managers at my job arranged a wine tasting field trip to Amador County, I jumped at the opportunity so I could not only learn more about wine, but
get drunk hang out with my co-workers as well.
There were about 15 of us crammed into the van during the hour-long drive to Amador. To make the time go by faster, we played Who Wants to be a Millionaire: Wine Edition. Essentially, each one of us was asked a few questions about wine, and if we got at least the first one right, we would win a bottle of wine. Some of the questions were easy, but some of them were also pretty hard. Some of the harder ones were: “How many bubbles are there in a bottle of champagne?” and “What does ‘RP’ stand for on the side of a wine barrel?” and “Who is Madame Bollinger?” The game was really fun and informational, but it made me realize that learning about wine is a never-ending process.
The first winery we went to was called Vino Noceto, a gorgeous winery known for their Sangiovese.
We were given a really elaborate tour of the winery, as well as a very detailed description of the wine-making process. We were even given tastes of different wines during their fermenting/aging stages: We tried a white wine that looked like lemonade and tasted like grapefruit juice, and a red wine that smelled like rotten eggs. Tasting such young wines really made me realize how important the aging process is to help improve the taste.
For lunch, we had empanadas (turkey and vegetarian), fruit, salad, cheese and crackers, cookies, and of course, wine. Afterwards, we played bocce ball!
The second and final winery we went to was Wilderotter Vineyard. We weren’t at this particular winery as long as the first one, but we did find that they have some great wines as well; I really liked their Mourvedre and their Petite Syrah, but didn’t buy any bottles since I’m supposed to be saving money for Paris.
And that concludes my wine tasting excursion. I had such a great time drinking and learning about wine. Also, I enjoyed the opportunity to spend time with my co-workers and get to know them better outside of work. Overall, it was a very happy day, and I would definitely recommend Amador County if you’re looking for an awesome place to go wine tasting.