“A Great Winemaking Year” Is Predicted

WINE ENTHUSIASTS REJOICE: SIERRA foothill wine growers are excited about this year’s harvest, with predictions it will create some outstanding wines.
“This is going to be a great winemaking year,” predicts Mike Naggiar, owner of Naggiar Vineyards. “I’m looking at the best harvest ever,” says Mark Henry, owner-winemaker at Montoliva Vineyard.
After picking his estate-grown [...]

Nevada County wine tours

SIERRA VINTNERS is in Nevada County, halfway between Sacramento and Reno, with easy access off Interstate 80. The 15 wineries and 10 tasting rooms are located throughout the Sierra foothills and within the towns of Grass Valley and Nevada City.
Sierra Vintners produces an unusually wide variety of vines, boasting over 45 planted varietals, ranging from [...]

Naggiar: Winefest & Bistro Food

FOR A MEMORABLE SIERRA VINTNERS’ wine tour, spend an afternoon or evening at Naggiar Vineyards, one of the most spectacular destination wineries on the “road less traveled.”
The winery, set amid rolling foothills and oak trees, is located between Auburn and Grass Valley off historic Hwy. 49.
The Tuscan-inspired tasting room overlooks 60 acres of vineyard. “Great [...]

Wise Villa Winery: A destination in Lincoln

HISTORIC LINCOLN IN SOUTH PLACER COUNTY is well worth a visit, for shopping, dining, recreation and wine tasting.
It is home to Gladding McBean, which still provides its signature clay tiles to Stanford University; championship golf courses, such as Lincoln Hills; and Thunder Valley Casino Resort, a AAA Four Diamond award-winning casino and resort.
Last fall’s opening [...]

Tasting Notes: Sierra Starr, Montoliva, Solune, Bent Metal and Avanguardia

WINE & MUSIC AT SIERRA STARR
Sierra Starr’s downtown Grass Valley tasting room is now open Friday evenings until 8 p.m., often with live music. Stop by for a flight, a glass or a bottle. Starting this spring, Sierra Starr began selling wine at New Earth Market in Yuba City, along with existing locations.
WINE & MOVIES [...]

Food, wine & music at Sierra Vintners starts in May

Naggiar, Pilot Peak, Sierra Knolls’ Bear River Tasting Room, Sierra Starr and others celebrate wine, food and music with regular festivities throughout spring and summer.
Along with others, Bent Metal, just past the county fairgrounds in Grass Valley, and Solune and Montoliva along pastoral Hwy. 174, offer idyllic picnic spots. You’ll find picnic tables and Adirondack [...]

Carpe Vino in Auburn: The best of food & wine

DO YOU NEED EXCEPTIONAL BUT affordable wines to pick up on the way to the high Sierra for a winter getaway? Visit Carpe Vino in Old Town Auburn. Better yet, stop for dinner, a foodie’s delight, with fresh, local ingredients. But be sure to reserve a table. (Guests must be 21 years of age or [...]

Meet the Winemakers

QUALITY WINE IS CREATED IN THE VINEYARD by a farmer, crafted by an artist, and chemistry brings it all together. Though foothills’ winemakers come from all walks of life, they share in this experience.
Dozens of winemakers and winery owners are re-settling the foothills wine growing region, whose roots go back to the Gold Rush [...]

Sierra Knolls new wood-burning pizza oven is a masterpiece

THE ITALIANS WHO CAME TO THE Gold Country in the mid-1800s brought winemaking to the region—but they also introduced the culinary tradition of baking in stone ovens.
Many Italian families used outdoor stone ovens to bake bread, a vital part of Italian culture. “Around 100 stone ovens have been identified in Calaveras, Amador and Tuolumne [...]

Attend the Foothills Celebration on March 2 for food & wine galore

THE FOOTHILLS CELEBRATION on Saturday, March 2, now in its 12th year, is an ideal time to taste the foothills’ wines while strolling the streets of historic Grass Valley.
Sip from more than 30 wineries, while sampling hand-crafted delicacies from about 25 local eateries, featuring favorite nibbles from their menus.
One of the more decadent offerings—strawberries dipped [...]

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