Press and Reviews
20 Most Admired GrapeGrowers in North America
"Ann sets the bar high; she not only work tirelessly to produce the best fruit off of her property, she also strives to meet each of her clients' varied needs in a way I have never experienced with any other grower." Hardy Wallace, Dirty and Rowdy Family Winery
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Mike Dunne, a great wine writer (www.ayearinwine.com) spent an afternoon with Ann at Shake Ridge Vineyard this fall. Read this great article to see what he has to say about Shake Ridge and Yorba Wines. Great article! Read more here.
California Esoterics - June 2013
"Barbera was first planted in the 1880s and today it's identified with dozens of Sierra Foothills boutique wineries. Among the best is Yorba...." An interesting article on how obscure Italian varietals are gaining a foothold in the Golden State. By Patrica Thomson. Read the article.
Shake Ridge Ranch - Gem of the Sierra May 16, 2013
"Shake Ridge Ranch has set a standard for viticulture in Amador County and the incredible list of winemakers who now source fruit from the amazing vineyard above Sutter Creek tell it's story in every vintage and bottle produced." Read this great article by Roger King.
Head to the Foothills - Viticulturist Ann Kraemer shows Amador's potential
. March 31, 2012
MaryAnn Worobiec's great two page article on Amador's history, the promise of Shake Ridge's wines that "so far have been stunning-intense, dark and aromatic, with lush textures. Despite their density, they have what Kraemer calls a "structured elegance." Her family makes wine under the Yorba label (a nod to their Yorba brand of oranges), in a style that's less dense and more restrained." Read the Article
The Sierras' Rhône Warriors
The Sierras' Rhone Warriors: These intrepid producers are making reputations for themselves and their region, one of California’s most diverse. By Virginie Boone, Mar 5, 2012 Read the Article
Terroir: Shake Ridge Vineyards - A Single Vineyard Has Raised the Stature of Amador County.
Randy Caparoso delves into what makes Shake Ridge fruit so special, highlighing not only Yorba Wines, but includes all the other wonderful winemakers that use our grapes. (Here's the First Page
or go to SommlierJournal.com
to read the entire article.)
Puzzles and Surprises
- James Laube's column in the Jan 2012 issue commented on Shake Ridge Ranch wines:
"....There's a similar tale unfolding in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Winegrowing in this mountainous area southeast of Sacramento dates to the 1850s. Zinfandel is still the favored grape in this rugged terrain and has had its moments of glory. Yet the greatest wines I've tasted from the region have come in the past few vintages, from Syrah and Grenache grown in a vineyard in Amador County, farmed by a former Napan and made by two tiny producers based in Napa.
The epicenter is Ann Kraemer's 34-acre Shake Ridge Ranch..........The star wines from her vineyard have been made by the husband-wife team of Annie Favia and Andy Erickson under their Favia label, and by Keplinger, Helen Keplinger's small winery....."
Shake Ridge Ranch - Raises the Bar
. By Linda Murphy, November 2011
Great article about the vineyard and our farming. Click here to read.
Yorba Wine’s Ann Kraemer – Infectious Passion
Yorba Wines' Ann Kraemer - Infectious Passion.
By Ravel Hayes, April 2011
The inaugral issue of this online magazine dedicated to the Sierra Foothills showcased Yorba Wines and Shake Ridge. Click here
Californias BEST Lesser-Known Vineyards
. By Jon Bonne, June 2009
Read the article featuring Shake Ridge. Click here..
Something Shakin' at Shake Ridge: High-Altitude Grapes Aren’t the Only
Thing Being Elevated at Yorba Wines.
By Hank Shaw Nov 2009 Click here..
Where the Past is Still Present: In California Gold Country Wine Takes Center Stage
"Though California's Amador County boasts old-fashioned charm and a sense of time travel, today there's a fresh energy to wine and tourism." By MaryAnn Worobiec Nov 2014 Click here..