By Chris Macias
Better hurry if you were planning to drop by Amador County Wine Cellar (14207 Hwy 49, Amador City) for a tasting. The wine bar, which opened in 2007 and features small production wineries from the Sierra Foothills, will shut down as of Sept. 7. The bad economy was to blame said owner Corinne Moore, who poured from such wineries as Calabria Vineyards, Lang Wines and Moore's own Wine Tree Farm.
The upside is the closure will allow Moore to spend more time on Wine Tree Farm, which specializes in such Rhone varietals as grenache, syrah and mourvedre. Those wines will continue to be poured in Sonoma County at Family Wineries Tasting Room (9380 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood).
"It's absolutely been bittersweet," said Moore. "I love the wine bar and pouring wine for people who didn't have tasting rooms, including my own. I loved talking to the people and educating them."
Building owner Joyce Davidson will continue to carry some of the wines and host the "Locals' Nights" on the first Thursday of each month. In the meantime, look for Amador County Wine Cellar's gift shop items discounted 20 percent, and a 10 percent discount on wines.
For more information: www.amadorcountywinecellar.com
Call The Bee's Chris Macias, (916) 321-1253.