Sept 1-13, 2020

Virtual Events

We’re bringing the Barbera Festival to your couch! Join us for one or all three of our fun, engaging and informative Barbera Festival virtual events.  We are bringing together some of Amador’s most acclaimed winemakers to talk about (and try) Amador County Barbera. Each virtual event follows a specific theme, allowing participants delve into Barbera food pairings, the history of Barbera in the Sierra Foothills and Barbera from the iconic Cooper Vineyard.

Get the most out of your virtual experience and purchase the wines to be tasted during each virtual event. You can purchase and attend one event or all three.

Don’t want to open four bottles of wine for one night? Why not taste the wines without ever popping the cork? We’ve partnered with Coravin to offer you a discount on Coravin wine devices. With a Coravin in hand you can pull a taste (or a glass) of wine without opening the bottle. And yes, the wine that remains in the bottle will continue to age just as if the bottle was still full.  

 Click HERE to learn more about Coravin and save 10% on your Coravin purchase. Use code CCRP0LUHFL at check out to receive your 10% discount.

 Unfortunately, federal and individual state laws only allow us to ship wine within California. Order by Friday September 4th to ensure delivery in time to have your wines for the events.

 Participation in our virtual events is completely FREE, but we do ask you to register in advance to fully participate. You must register for each event individually. See the event descriptions and registration information below.

 Our “Cooper Barbera” and “Barbera in the Sierra Foothills” events will be moderated by the husband and wine team of Mike and Martha Dunne.  Mike and Marti Dunne are longtime wine enthusiasts, a diversion they began in earnest when they lived in Amador County starting in the 1970s. Now as Sacramentans, they continue to explore wine in the Sierra foothills and beyond, often as judges at regional, national and international wine competitions.

 Mike is the retired food editor, wine columnist and restaurant critic of The Sacramento Bee. He continues to contribute wine articles to various publications and platforms, including the San Francisco Chronicle and WineBusiness.com. Marti is high in demand as a judge on the wine-competition circuit, for years joining competitions from the regional (Amador County Fair) to the international (San Francisco Chronicle).


Barbera From Amador County

Arguably the Best in the World

Wednesday, September 9 @ 6 p.m.

The history of barbera in Amador County begins at Monteviña (now Terra D’Oro) in 1971. This variety was one of the first “new” varieties to the county commercially planted by Cary Gott at his new winery called Monteviña. The first vintage in modern times, if not the first ever, was in 1974. There was another wine, a blend of barbera and zinfandel called Montanoro which existed for a while, this beginning with the 1974 vintage. Its name, Montanoro, “mountain man”, was to evoke the mountain character of these varieties coming from what was in those days an “unusual” viticulture area, a mountain one, with a zinfandel base.

Barbera is a variety to be reckoned with. Its earliest reports in the state had it producing well and having very good acidity, something which was always recommended as a major plus for a variety in California.

Learn why many winemakers in the Sierra Foothills love Barbera and truly believe that Barbera grown and produced in Amador County is the best in the world.

Scott Harvey, Owner/Winemaker, Scott Harvey Wines

Emily Haines, Winemaker, Terra D’Oro, home of Montevina

Lorenzo Musila, Owner/National Sales Director, Andis Wines

Chaim Gur-Arieh, Owner/Winemaker, Di Arie Vineyards and Winery

Register in advance for this webinar:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. 

Purchase the wines to be tasted during this virtual event by clicking HERE

Dinner With Taste & Amador Barbera

 Thursday, September 10 @ 6 p.m.

Join us for a wonderful cooking demonstration and food and wine pairing discussion with

Chef Micah Malcom, Executive Chef, Taste Restaurant and Wine Bar and four of Amador’s best winemakers. Consistently recognized as one of the best restaurants in the Sacramento region, Taste Restaurant also boasts almost a decade of recognition by Wine Spectator Magazine, Wine Enthusiast Magazine and the James Beard Foundation.

Chef Micah will prepare a delectable meal of local heirloom tomatosserrano ham, sweet basil, arugula, extra virgin olive oil perfectly paired with 2018 Rombauer Barbera, Amador County and 2016 Vino Noceto Barbera Linsteadt.

Complete the meal with succulent Duck Confit, fennel, roasted potatoes, blackberries, blackberry sauce flawlessly enhanced by the 2017 Amador Cellars Fields Family Vineyard, Amador County and 2017 Bella Grace, Amador County.

   Chef Micah will be accompanied by four of Amador’s most acclaimed winemakers:

Michael Havill, Owner/Winemaker, Bella Grace Vineyards

Michael and Ashley Long, Winemaker and Asst. Winemaker, Amador Cellars

Alan Cannon, Director of Distributor Relations & Education, Rombauer Vineyards

Jim Gullett, Owner, Vino Noceto

Follow along with Chef Micah as he walks you through the step-by-step process of preparing a delicious Barbera-inspired meal. Order a Meal Kit, dinner for two: $49.

Available Thursday and Friday, September 10 & 11

Please order from Taste by 3pm the day of pick up (209) 245-3463

Then, join in the chat about how Barbera is a great pairing for the meal and how even when produced in vastly different styles, Barbera is nimble and unique.

This lively discussion will be moderated by Carrie Boyle.

Carrie Boyle is the co-founder of River City Wine Week, a wine writer for Sacramento Magazine online and she has over 20 years in the wine industry.  She has been a general manager for a national wine & spirits retailer, owned and operated her own fine wine shops, and is a Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW).  She has judged wine competitions around Northern California, made her own wine, designed and taught classes, orchestrated large wine events and traveled to wine regions all over California, Oregon, Washington, Australia, New Zealand, France (Burgundy, Rhone Valley, Bordeaux, Champagne, and Beaujolais), and Spain (Rioja and Ribera del Duero).  Today, in addition to managing River City Wine Week, she acts as a broker representative for hand-crafted wineries from various corners of the world. 

 Click to register:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Purchase the wines to be tasted during this virtual event by clicking HERE.

Cooper Vineyards Barbera

An Icon in Amador Wine Country

Friday, September 11 @ 6 p.m.

 Since 1979, the Cooper family’s mission has been to produce the highest quality fruit. Beginning with Barbera, family patriarch Dick Cooper has carefully tended rolling vineyards for more than four decades. Cooper Family Barbera is known as distinct and of the highest quality and is not only used to create vineyard-designate wines by winemakers across California, but cuttings from this illustrious vineyard have also been used to create new Barbera vineyards across Amador County.  


Join us for a lively discussion about Cooper Barbera and the versatility of the grapes coming from this historic vineyard. We will be joined by four wineries that currently produce Barbera from the Cooper vineyard:

Mike Roser, Winemaker, Cooper Wines

Joe Banks, Hospitality Director, Terra Rouge and Easton Wines

Jeff Runquist, Owner/Winemaker, Jeff Runquist Wines

Jamie Lubenko, Owner, Prospect Cellars

Register in advance for this webinar:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. 

Purchase the wines to be tasted during this virtual event by clicking HERE

NOTE: Wine sales on the Barbera Festival Store are a fundraising effort to benefit the Amador Vintners Association. The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control permit that allows us to temporarily sell wine requires that we are unable to offer any discounts on wine purchased. 

The mission of the Amador Vintners Association is to to promote and encourage the highest level of quality of its members’ wines; to encourage the sharing of ideas, concerns, and technical information among its members; to develop communication and cooperation with local, state, and national organizations; and to bring a higher regard to Amador County as a wine producing region.