The 2006 'J&S Reserve' Barbera from Scott Harvey is this month's selection for the 'Plus Bottle' to accompany the Gold Medal Wine Club Gold Series. This wine was recently awarded the Platinum Medal at the New World International Wine Competition. The Plus! Program is a special add-on option to your regular scheduled wine deliveries. It's a great way to discover more outstanding hard-to-find selections from California's best small wineries. Throughout the year, we have the opportunity to buy superb wines worthy of your attention but with availability too scarce to share with all members. Scott Harvey Winery is located in the western foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains of California in Amador county. The people of Amador began producing wines in the mid to late 1800's when the area was well populated with gold prospectors. Within a few decades, there were over 100 wineries in the region. The eventual decline of gold mining and the Prohibition devastated the region and by the 1930's virtually all the wineries were abandoned. In the late 1960's it was re-discovered for its perfect grape-growing climate and soil. The region now boasts about 40 wineries. Scott Harvey Wines began in 2003 when Scott Harvey saw an opportunity to pursue a dream of owning his own namesake winery. He had previously been a partner in the successful Folie a Deux Winery which was about to be sold. He decided to branch out on his own with his wife Jana as his business partner. Scott was born in the Sierra Foothills. From experience he knew about all the best Northern California grape sources and his intention was to make a number of small lot wines from these sources. The initial release in 2004 instantly gave the small winery critical acclaim and helped to establish Amador county as a world-class wine growing appellation. The 2006 'J & S' Reserve (named for Jana and Scott) is a fruit forward wine made from the Barbera grape variety. Look for notes of cherry, tobacco, blackberry and vanilla. Please let us know what you think of this month's Plus! selection. Don't forget to 'Judge the Wine'. Not a member of Gold Medal Wine Club? Consider a membership for yourself or as a gift for a friend. The Gold Series is just $34/month for two award-winning bottles of wine.