Tuscan-inspired Montoliva Winery more than doubling its vineyard

SOME OF THE ORIGINAL SETTLERS OF CHICAGO Park, a bucolic hamlet nestled between Colfax and Grass Valley, were first generation German- and Italian-Americans who came from Chicago in the mid-1800s to reconnect with their agrarian roots.
The area became famous for its stone fruit, wine grapes and other fruit. In 1915, pears from a Chicago [...]

Wine and food tasting abounds in Placer County and Nevada County CA this summer

For savory eats and award-winning wines, these festivals offer eclectic tastings, hands-on cooking demos with imaginative chefs, and breathtaking venues:
SIERRA VINTNERS
SUMMER REGIONAL WINE TRAIL JULY 18 AND SEPTEMBER 26
A premier wine tasting experience from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on “roads less traveled” in Nevada and Placer Counties. The trail includes wineries that are relatively near [...]

Cab Franc: “The next big thing” in Sierra Vintners’ wines

“THE ERA OF CABERNET FRANC is nearly upon us,” Wine Spectator Associate Editor Ben O’Donnell wrote in February. “That’s the conclusion I reached after visiting wineries on both coasts last year and imbibing at not a few of Instagram’s most trending wine bars. Reader, the excitement is palpable and the smell of pepper-bramble-tobacco-olive is in [...]

Tasting Notes: Tahoe City Wine Walk, Smith Vineyard’s new labels

NOW FOUR GENERATIONS STRONG
Thirty-five years ago, Dr. Wayne Smith fulfilled his desire to farm when he planted a vineyard in Grass Valley. The winery, housed in a restored red barn, opened in 1987. Nowadays Wayne’s grandsons, the third generation, work alongside their parents, Gary and Chris, at the winery.
Gary and Chris are now honoring the [...]

Sierra Vintners’ three wine trails for as little as $18 each: May 16, July 18 and Sept. 26

THE FOOTHILLS HAVE SOME ENJOYABLE wine trail experiences on “roads less traveled”: “Grape Days of Summer” in Placer County; “Passport” in El Dorado County; and “Big Crush” in Amador County, among others.
Now Sierra Vintners, which includes wineries in Placer and Nevada Counties, has come up with an innovative plan: three regional wine trail experiences in 2015—in [...]

Naggiar Vineyards’ Winefest: food, wine & music starts this spring

THE FOOTHILLS HAVE SOME SPLENDID destination wineries: Viña Castellano in Auburn with a stone wine cave amid the 40-year-old Mendez Family Ranch; Wise Villa Winery in Lincoln with a bistro and tasting room set amid a 14-acre vineyard; Bent Metal in Grass Valley with sweeping views of the Sierra from comfortable Adirondack chairs; and Pilot Peak [...]

SIP multi-winery tasting room in Auburn

AUBURN HAS BECOME a sought after food and wine destination, thanks to Culinary Institute of America-trained chefs at Carpe Vino and Bootlegger’s, former San Francisco restaurateurs such as Jim Bril of Monkey Cat and award-winning wines, such as Viña Castellano’s Tempranillo. The winery won a prestigious “Best of Class” honor in the San Francisco Chronicle [...]

Tasting notes: Nevada City Winery sparkler, Naggiar’s golds and Katoa Cellars startup

NEVADA CITY WINERY SPARKLER
Sparkling wine is becoming an everyday wine. In the foothills, Sierra Starr Vineyard & Winery, Sierra Knolls Winery and Pilot Peak Winery offer sparkling wines, among others. Now Nevada City Winery has released two sparkling wines: Blanc de Blancs and Brut. The Blanc de Blancs is a Chardonnay sparkling wine with green [...]

Food meets wine: Tess’ Chef’s Table and Solune Winegrowers

FOOD AND WINE ARE ageless companions, and two masters of marrying the two in a sophisticated yet approachable style are accomplished locals.
Meet Tess’ Kitchen Store in-house chef Alan Tangren, who worked at the venerable Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley for 22 years, and Solune Winegrowers’ owner-winemaker Jacques Mercier, an experienced vintner who has judged regularly [...]

Sierra Vintners report early bud break: two weeks ahead of last year

“Ah, it’s that beautiful time of year again- skies are blue, the air is mild, the trees are blooming…wait- what?! It’s only mid-February!” according to Naggiar Vineyard’s blog. “While parts of the country are buried several feet deep in snow with more on the way- um, sorry East Coasters?- we have been enjoying a [...]

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