|14202 Old Hwy 49, Amador City, CA
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HAPPY NEW YEAR … and SPRING IS ON THE WAY!
As the holiday season draws to a close, we wish all of you a wonderful 2017. Here at the Imperial, the season is already turning: the daffodils are starting to poke their noses up from the ground, and we can't wait to see the wildflower displays that surely will follow the abundant fall rains we have had (thank you, rain gods!).
Last year Daffodil Hill opened in February, earlier than usual, but after one weekend was pretty much rained and snowed out. We're keeping our fingers crossed for this year and will keep you posted on the opening date.
COMING SOONER THAN YOU THINK
It's not too early to start thinking about it — Valentine's Day! The busiest day of the year for restaurants. We'll be serving a special 5-course pre-fixe dinner with champagne in addition to our regular menu, so check with your sweety and make your reservation early.
The results of the 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition will be announced in mid-January, and we will scurry about to bring in the best Amador wines from that competition to serve at our (sixth!) annual SF Chronicle Awards Wine Dinner on Friday, February 3rd. 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 fill up fast for this event!
Blends are the hot thing in wines these days, and for good reason: winemakers use their skills to create wines that combine the best of several varieties, often resulting in some extraordinary tasting experiences. On Friday, March 10th, Le Mulet Rouge winery will showcase their blends at a wine dinner at the Imperial. Winemaker Tracy Hart will be on hand to provide insight into the how and why of blending.
And speaking of blends, Corinne Moore at Wine Tree Farms here in Amador City holds blending classes for those of you who would like to try your hand at creating your own personal blend. The classes this January are scheduled on Sundays starting at noon. You'll come away with a whole new way of appreciating wine tasting — plus your own custom-blended bottle! Sign up at winetreefarm.com. Gather your friends and combine this adventure with one of our special room packages below.
Amador Vintners' Behind the Cellar Door barrel tasting weekend will happen on March 4th and 5th. Information and tickets at amadorwine.com. And our neighbors to the north in ElDorado County will be holding their Passport Weekends on April 22-23 and 29-30, see more at passporteldorado.com.
Looking down the road a little farther:
Amador Four Fires on May 6th 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. 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 has moved to the fall this year. It will be held on September 18th at Terra d'Oro winery. Check out the website at barberafestival.com.
The second annual Mother Lode Highland Games will take place at the Amador County Fairgrounds on June 10th and 11th. Last year's inaugural event was proclaimed by attendees as the best Scottish festival in the area. 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: themotherlodegames.com.
We've put together some attractive packages for you this winter and spring. Plan your trip soon!
If you didn't take advantage of our Two for Tuesday Special offered last summer and fall, now's your chance because every day is Tuesday in January: Book any room at regular price and choose one of these special add-ons for just $50: a second night in the same room, a second room on the same day (bring your friends!) or a 3-course dinner for two from our regular menu. (Dinner not available on Mondays.) Offer not available 1/14-16 or 2/14.
Midweek Group Special: Do you have a group of friends who can travel mid-week? Book 3 or more rooms for any night Sunday through Thursday and receive 25% off the standard rate. And remember, breakfast is always included in the room rate. Offer good through 3/31/17, not available 1/16 or 2/14.
Our Winemaker's Dinner Package will be available for the SF Chronicle and Le Mulet Rouge Wine Dinners. Enjoy a five-course dinner with wine for two and spend the night in our hotel for $275 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