Deep in Amador County, two-and-a-half hours from the Bay Area, there aren't any cities — just tiny old Gold Rush towns. In Plymouth there's a 24-hour mini-mart and gas station, two banks, and, at least on the main road, one restaurant: Marlene and Glen's "Dead Fly" Diner. There are maroon signs on country roads pointing to various wineries, and a few motor coaches driving tourist couples and drunk bachelorette parties around. But there isn't a Denny's, McDonald's, Starbucks, or Marriott. Here in the agricultural cradle of the Shenandoah Valley, except for the winery signs, civilization... More >>>
Photographs by Ian S. Port
NIneteenth-century wine casks in an old cellar at Sobon Estate, Amador County.