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October Wine Club Release

Your Holgate Hill October Wine Club release is right around the corner! Our very own Sweet Baby Reagan helped pick out this upcoming double feature selection of brand-new wines! This 4-bottle release includes:

2 bottles of 2019 Sangiovese
NEW RELEASE! Our rustic Sangiovese is dry, well rounded, full bodied and savory.  Pair this Chianti style wine with friends and family.
Avio Vineyard, Sutter Creek.
75 Cases Produced.
List Price: $28.00    Club Price: $21.00

2 bottles of 2019 G.S.M.
NEW RELEASE! Made in a classic Southern Rhone style, our Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre blend is food friendly with soft fruits and structured tannins. Our G.S.M. is so good, it should stand for, “Gimme Some More!”
Clos Du Lac Vineyard, Ione.
75 Cases Produced.
List Price: $30.00    Club Price: $22.50

Your grand total, after discounts: $87.00 – taxes and shipping additional.
Please contact us if any of your information has changed.
email: or phone: (209) 259-4449

We will process your October Wine Club Release on Tuesday, October 6th. You will receive an email from Square, our secure merchant processor, when your October Wine Club is processed. If you have already picked up your October Wine Club, don’t worry, we won’t charge you again :).

For Members who Elected to Pick-Up your Wine at our Amador City Tasting Room:

We will have our regular Bistro Menu, with the addition of Cassidy’s Famous Vegan Chili, AND we are bringing back Holgate Hill’s Wine Club Prize Wheel*! 
(*The Prize Wheel will only be available these dates: 10/9, 10/10, 10/11, 10/16, 10/17, & 10/18. One spin per membership.)

Masks required and social distancing guidelines will be followed.

For Members who Elected to have their Wines Shipped:

Assuming the temperatures between Amador and your shipping address are not too high, your wine will be sent via Ground Shipping by Monday, October 12th. If it is too hot to ship your wines to you, we will contact you directly to coordinate an alternate shipping date. If you’d like to pick up your release in person at the tasting room, let us know so you can save on shipping costs (and maybe get some chili and spin the awesome prize wheel?)!

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Thank you so much for being part of our Wine Club.
We look forward to seeing you all again soon!


Rob, Cassidy & Reagan Holgate
Holgate Hill

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Now Licensed for Outdoor Wine Tasting!


We were just approved by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to taste and drink wine outside of our tasting room. That means we are back, baby! Normal hours, rotating wine list, bistro menu, super-fun times, but with Covid-19 limitations. Let’s walk through how it’s going to work:

Space is extremely limited. We have 6 tables wrapped around the outside of our tasting room 6 feet apart, 2 people per table maximum. RESERVATIONS are recommended, but not required. So, for walk-ins, if we have room we’ll fit you in. Our bistro menu is also be available to pair with your favorite Holgate Hill wines, but food is not required (reservations help us figure out how much food to prep for the weekend). Face masks are required by state law until you are seated at your tasting table. While seated, having a good time is mandatory, otherwise Rob will tell you a horrible dad joke.


Speaking of dad jokes, our brand-new baby girl, Reagan, is due the week of August 24th! Cassidy is not only great at baking walnut tarts, and everything else, but also amazing at baking our cute little “bun in the oven.” We apologize in advanced if there are disruptions in our business hours in a few weeks.

Quarantine Care Package

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Due to the Governor’s latest mandate, we are halting wine-tastings. However, we are OPEN for pick-ups and purchases! Saturdays & Sundays, Noon ’til 3pm.

Order online, and pick-up in store. Walk-in purchasing is also welcome. Wine Club gets 30% off all wine purchases, and regular customers get 15% off using the code “stockup15” at checkout.

Stay safe out there!

Rob & Cassidy Holgate

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OPEN for Dine & Wine

I’m so glad we have a food license! Starting this Saturday, May 23rd, we will be offering Dine & Wine service! Since we have our food license, we squeeze into the early parts of Stage 2 reopening alongside restaurants. So, if you would like to enjoy wine in our tasting room (bottle, glass, or flight), you can, but it must be accompanied with food in sit-down dining service fashion. We have prepped our space to ensure physical distancing in accordance with the State, County and CDC guidelines, but that also means Dine & Wine space is ultra limited! If Dine & Wine interests you, we highly recommend you make an online reservation through our website RIGHT NOW!


How it works:
You must purchase food and dine-in to enjoy wine at our tasting room. We have developed a short, but delicious, menu to choose from (see choices here). Your Dine & Wine automatically includes one charcuterie board (feeds 2 to 4 people) and we are offering a WINE FLIGHT of 5 wines per adult, some of which are brand new to the public, one Flight per adult up to 5 adults per Dine & Wine! Our Wine Flight is similar to a wine-tasting, but different because we will come to you with the pours! 4 tables are available for 1 hour Dine & Wine reservations every hour on the hour, but if space is available, walk-ins are welcome. Complimentary squirt of hand sanitizer to all guests!
Wine Club Members: be sure to login to your account and use the code “dine15” to receive 15% off your Dine & Wine Reservation!

Onsite purchases and curbside pickups are still available! However, we can only serve wine to dine-in patrons at the moment.

We are working through this “new normal” as many of you are. However, we are super excited to see all of you and share our passion of wine with you again. If you have any questions about ANY of this, please don’t hesitate to ask!

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Wine Tasting Temporarily Suspended

  In light of recent news and the advisory from Governor Newsom regarding the COVID-19 coronavirus, Holgate Hill is temporarily suspending wine tastings to the general public. We will resume tastings as soon as hygienically possible!

Our online wine shop, however, is OPEN FOR BUSINESS! We know in these uncertain times most of us will need a little extra delicious wine in our lives, so we’ve made a few awesome deals so you can stock up:

Regular Customers: get 15% off wine using the code stockup15 at checkout!
Wine Club Members: login to your account online and you will receive 30% off all wine purchases for the duration of this quarantine!
You can also email or call in a wine order (209) 259-4449 if you prefer.


This is a great time to try some of our brand new wines:
2019 Chardonnay, 2019 Rosé, and 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon

Holgate Hill will be available for scheduled wine order pickups Saturdays and Sundays from Noon until 3pm. So, if you’re a Wine Club Member that wishes to pick up your latest release, or you are a customer that ordered online and doesn’t want to ship, just let us know and we will arrange to meet at the tasting room (there’s a drop down “pick-up” option in our web store).

Thank you for your continued support in these trying times. We really hope you, your family and our friends all stay healthy while we all huddle down and ride this storm. We will get through this thing together – 6 feet apart.

Rob & Cassidy
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Happy New Year

2019 was a fantastic year for Holgate Hill, and we look forward to celebrating 2020 with all of you!  We have delicious new wines in the works, exciting events coming up, and great times to share with our wine family (that’s you!). UPCOMING EVENTS Mark your calendars NOW! Wine Club Release& Cocoa VinoFebruary 8th Bring your […]
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Climax Red Chili Recipe (Vegetarian)

Spice Mix: (combine and reserve)

2-3 T. chili powder (I used 1 ½ for Christmas)

1 T. cumin

1 T. oregano

1 t. paprika

½ t. cayenne

½ t. thyme

¼ t. pepper

1-2 t. salt


1 onion – diced fine

1 red pepper – diced

1 green pepper – diced

1 jalapeno – seeds and ribs removed to reduce heat

5 cloves garlic – minced (add garlic and spice mix during last minute of sautéing)


Add 12 oz (1 ½ C. of Climax Red wine) and simmer for a few minutes to reduce wine

Add and Cook 3-5 minutes:

1 can black beans – drained and rinsed

1 can kidney beans – drained and rinsed

1 can fire roasted tomatoes (or diced tomatoes plain to reduce heat)

1 can corn – drained

1 can tomato sauce

Combine and Add:

1 can refried beans (spicy jalapeno refried beans are an option)

2/3 box veggie broth

Cook 10-15 minutes

*Special thanks to Gayle Nielsen for typing our Chili recipe :)!*