The annual Amador County Start on Steiner Spring Fling took place on April 26, 2014. The weather, although a bit crisp, was ideal in consideration that the day prior was blessed with an abundance of rain. The previous day of rain made for some glorious views with a vibrant blue sky marked with puffy white clouds and a lessening of glare as one looked over the valley filled with newly budding grape vines.
Nine Steiner Road wineries participated in the event and opened their doors to visitors for wine tasting, food pairing, and purchase discounts. The event is a generous gift by the Steiner wineries because it is a no charge, free event. Yes, its entirely free to taste and share in the joy of savoring the various wines that each destination offers. While the wine tasting is free as well as the accompanying light bites, the objective isn't to gorge or get drunk. Every now and then the wineries will encounter a few of these winery social misfits but, for the most part, the attendees are politely enthusiastic, friendly with other patrons and ready to make some purchases.
From Dillian Wines to Amador Foothills Winery (or the other way around) Spring Fling visitors traveled Steiner Road from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Each destination had their highlights. Patrons have their favorites but usually enjoy numerous aspects of each location. Wines are appreciated by personal preference but the manner of tasting helps attendees to gain a greater understanding of the Amador County wines and wine in general. The staff will answer questions, provide history, explain wine making methods and even give information about the food, chefs and neighbor wineries.
If you missed the 2014 Spring Fling, other events are in the making including the annual Barbera Festival, The Big Crush and Behind the Cellar Door. Individual wineries also have weekly and other various events with mimimal fees and ongoing free tasting.