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AMADOR COUNTY wineries will welcome visitors to the Big Crush on Saturday, Oct. 6 and Sunday, Oct. 7 to celebrate the harvest. Democrat file photo by Mimi Escabar


Amador Big Crush makes for ‘grape’ big smiles

By From page B6 | October 05, 2012

Amador County’s grape harvest is in full swing and Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 6 and 7, will be an outstanding weekend of harvest activity as Amador County wineries demonstrate why their wine region is “a passion — not just a crush!”

The Big Crush Harvest Festival kicks off each day at 11 a.m. and goes to 5 p.m. with 36 imaginative ways to show off the Amador County harvest. That is the number of wineries that will be opening their doors and bottles as they share this special time of year.

Check out the abundance of creative food presentations from Italian inspired sliders to tortilla soup, and Croatian fare to ZinPort brownies.

Dance and sing through Amador’s wine country listening to such acts as “The Bob Williams Jazz Quartet,” the “Groove Orphans” and “Zorelli” steel drums.

Don’t miss the opportunity to step into the wine cellars for hands-on wine blending sessions, classes and barrel tastings.

During the Big Crush, people will notice the “grape” big smiles on farmer and winemakers’ faces as they harvest and crush one of the best wine grape crops in recent years.

High crop yields early in the summer survived an extreme heat wave in early August to eventually become perfect crop yields when temperatures lowered. Textbook Amador wine grape growing temperatures, 90 degree afternoons and 50 degree nights resumed in late August and went into harvest.

Vintner Isy Borjon of Borjon Winery said, “2012 is going to be a vintage for the books.”

For tickets to the Big Crush Harvest Festival and details of winery activities visit the Website at

Amador Vintners

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