True wine connoisseurs teach themselves to distinguish varietals, identify flawed bottles, and cry pure chardonnay. Become one with the grape with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $29 for a winery tour and tasting for two (a $40 value) and one bottle of wine (up to a $28 value; up to a $68 total value)
- $55 for a winery tour and tasting for four (an $80 value) and two bottles of wine (up to a $28 value each; up to a $136 total value)
Take-home bottle choices include the 2006 West Vineyard zinfandel, the 2008 zinfandel, and the award-winning 2009 zinfandel. Groupon customers also receive 15% off additional purchases.
Two friendly dogs, Bailey and Kali, are the first representatives of Amador Cellars that visitors might encounter. The canines often trot alongside guests from the winery's parking lot to the door of its tasting room. There, members of the Long family take over, pouring glasses of wine crafted from small crops of grapes and aged in oak barrels for up to 20 months. Selections range from a 2009 sangiovese that carries hints of chocolate and cherry to a 2010 barbera with notes of plum and coffee. However, the winery is best known for their annual zinfandel yield, which has earned them awards in the Best of the Bay's Zin Challenge.
The Longs also lead groups on tours of their winery, explaining the unique construction of its 2-foot-thick concrete-and-straw walls, built following blueprints from Edgar Allen Poe's “The Cask of Amontillado.” Intentionally rusted rooftops and views of rolling vineyards enhance the quaint Old-World aesthetic of the grounds.
They have some fantastic wines and very friendly tasting room staff.Kat H., Yelp, 2/6/13