HAPPY NEW YEAR!
We are wishing all of our friends a wonderful 2016 as we reach a milestone for our business. January 31st will mark the 10th anniversary of our purchase of the Imperial Hotel! (What's the saying? "Time flies when…..")
It's been an interesting ten years for this former lawyer and investment advisor with no experience in the hospitality business, but we are happy to say that the business has grown each year (well, maybe not in 2009), and our customers keep coming back, so I guess we figured something out! We'll be celebrating with an open house on Sunday, January 31st from 2 to 5 pm, so if you are local or plan to be in the area, please join us for a toast to the Imperial!
The results of the 2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition were announced on January 8th (see them all at www.winejudging.com), and we are scurrying around to bring in the best Amador wines from that competition to serve at our annual SF Chronicle Awards Wine Dinner on Friday, January 29th. As soon as we have the wines in-house and the menu created, we'll send out an email, but don't wait if you want to stay with us that night as our rooms are filling up fast!
Amador Vintners' Behind the Cellar Door barrel tasting weekend will happen on March 5th and 6th. Information and tickets at amadorwine.com. And our neighbors to the north in El Dorado County will be holding their Passport Weekends on April 9-10 and 16-17, see more at www.passporteldorado.com.
Looking farther into the future:
Amador Four Fires on May 7th celebrates the four distinctive wine regions that inspire Amador winemakers and winegrowers: Southern France, Italy, Iberia and "Heritage California", pairing the wines with regionally-inspired, open-fire dishes presented by renown chefs. Last year's inaugural event was phenomenal! Proceeds from this event benefit the Amador County Fair Foundation and its Fair to Future Initiative. Tickets at www.amadorfourfires.com.
The always sold out Barbera Festival returns on June 11th. Tickets go on sale March 1st at www.barberafestival.com.
The first annual Mother Lode Highland Games will take place at the Amador County Fairgrounds on June 18th and 19th. What's that got to do with wine, you ask? Well, in addition to ancient celtic athletic events and bagpipe competitions, there will be tasting of Amador wines, locally brewed beers and whiskey. Check it out: www.themotherlodegames.com.
COMING SOONER THAN YOU THINK
It's not too early to start thinking about it — Valentine's Day falls on Sunday of a 3-day weekend this year, so you have two chances to enjoy a romantic dinner for two at the Imperial Hotel. We'll be serving a special 5-course pre-fixe dinner on both Saturday and Sunday nights, so check with your sweety to see which night s/he prefers and make your reservation early. During the day on Saturday the Amador City merchants will be treating their customers to wine and chocolates.
LOOKING FORWARD TO SPRING
We're grateful for the rains that are falling (and that look like they'll keep coming for awhile), but we're really looking forward to those daffodils and wild flowers that are drinking up all that water now and will burst into bloom in March and April. We'll keep you posted on the opening of Daffodil Hill, usually around March 15th, and also the bloom of Amador City's 10,000+ daffodils. It should be quite a floral show for the early Easter this year on March 27th — join us for brunch!
AAUW HOME TOUR
This year's 44th annual AAUW of Amador Home Tour will take place on April 16th featuring four homes and four historic sites in Amador City, including the Imperial Hotel. Tickets will be available in March at www.amador-ca.aauw.net/home-tour.
We are renaming our Winter Room and Dinner Package the "El Nino Special" and extending its availability through 2/29/16 (it's a leap year - one extra day to take advantage!). Any room in the main historic hotel building (rooms 1 - 6) Sunday through Thursday includes a 3-course dinner for two for only $165 plus tax. Add a second consecutive week night for just $85. New reservations only. Dinner not available on Mondays. Not available 1/17 or 2/14.
And our Winemaker's Dinner Package will be available for the January Wine Dinner. Enjoy a five-course dinner with wine for two and spend the night in our hotel for $270 plus tax. Add a second night for just $100.
WAYS TO HAVE FUN IN AMADOR COUNTY
Here is that list of other websites to check for fun things to do here in Amador County: touramador.com, amadorwine.com, amador-city.com, suttercreek.org, suttercreektheater.com, amadorcountychamber.com, amadorarts.org - just follow the links!
As always, we appreciate your patronage and friendship, and we hope to see you soon!
Mary Ann & Jim McCamant