Jeff Runquist Wines
Just up the road from Vino Noceto, Jeff Runquist blends award-winning wines using grapes from Amador County and beyond. He focuses on winemaking rather than growing, and works with vineyards in Amador County, Clarksburg, El Dorado County, Lodi, Stanislaus, Napa Valley, Paso Robles, and River Junction that he knows will deliver the best crop. He blends European varietals, ranging from a delicate Pinot Noir to a bold, fruit-forward Zinfandel, though my favorite was the robust, silky Barbera. Runquist's wines are distributed in 27 states, but haven't reached New York (or many other states) so bring home a bottle if you can.