September 21, 2011

Plymouth: Deaver Vineyards & Winery + Amador Harvest Inn; things to do + hotel review

Highway 49--Gold Rush Country

Deaver Vineyards & Winery 12455 Steiner Rd., (209) 245-4099. Daily 11-5.

Though this Shenandoah Valley tasting room is simple and unfussy, the wines are delicious and the tranquil grounds boast picnic tables overlooking two manmade lakes dating from the 1930s. Deaver has been making wines here for four generations and have some of the area’s oldest “mission vines” (planted by missionaries in the 1850s). The roots of old vines go 20 feet into the ground and source their own water, so they don’t need to be watered further and produce grapes with an earthy taste. Wines include a Zinfandel made from the fruit of 140-year-old vines, a Primitivo from the same grandfather grape hailing from Croatia, and a very nice Zinfandel Port. The winery’s ten ports are fortified with brandy and delightfully sealed with wax, making a lovely gift.

Amador Harvest Inn 12455 Steiner Rd., (800) 217-2304, (209) 245-5512. 4 rooms. Unsuitable for children under 12. Full breakfast. No pets.

Located adjacent to the winery, this Cape Cod-style house overlooks vineyards, mature oaks, and rolling hills.

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image ©2011 Carole Terwilliger Meyers

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