Sierra Foothills wineries win big at S.F. Chronicle wine competition

The 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition included winners from Sierra Foothills wineries including Avanguardia, Bent Metal, Ciotti, Le Casque, Montoliva, Naggiar, Popie, Secret Ravine, Solune and Viña Castellano, among others.
Viña Castellano won “best of class,” and Naggiar won two “double golds.” The “Loomis Loop” wineries, which we write about in our magazine, did exceedingly [...]

What your wine says about your politics, in one chart

Analyzing voting habits of those who imbibe, new consumer research found that 14 of the top 15 brands that indicate someone is most likely to vote are wines, the Washington Post is reporting.
“That research comes from consumer data supplied by GFK MRI, and analyzed by Jennifer Dube of National Media Research Planning and Placement, an [...]

New video: California’s exceptional food and wine experiences

Tour California’s exceptional food and wine experiences offered all throughout the state. Don’t miss some of California’s most premiere food and wine pairings!
Read: Sierra FoodWineArt’s wine feature articles.

Top 10 wine stories of 2013

Editor’s note: This is from Wine Enthusiast magazine. We have added our own commentary to the list, focusing on our local region.
“1. Wine, Wine Everywhere. Amazon and Facebook acted as third–party marketers for wine sales in 2013, and Starbucks, 7–11, Frontgate and Burger King, among other surprising outlets, either launched or were testing wine retail [...]

Naggiar: Wine & Food Events Year-Round

NAGGIAR VINEYARDS HAS become a premier summer destination to experience wine, food and music. The winery just wrapped up its popular Winefest series for the fourth year to a sold-out crowd, with an expanded stage and new lawn seating.
Our family enjoyed Naggiar’s harvest festival, with live music, dancing, a grape stomp and even horse-drawn carriage [...]

Fall Wine Tours: Barrel Tasting & Leaf Peeping

LIKE THE FRESH, LOCAL FOOD movement, wine tasting in the Sierra foothills is becoming a year-round passion. Downtown tasting rooms are open, but more wineries are staying open year-round.
Naggiar Vineyards is extending its wine and food events year-round. Smith Vineyards, with its iconic red-barn winery building, is opening its vineyard on Saturdays in October—including a [...]

Tasting Notes: Lucchesi, Sierra Starr, Secret Ravine and Le Casque

LUCCHESI
The winemaker has expanded to a larger wine tasting room in downtown Grass Valley. It has moved to 128 Mill Street from its longtime location at 167 Mill Street, next to the Del Oro Theatre. It is occupying a restored, Gold Rush-era building formerly home to the Grass Valley Wine Co. Artists’ Studio in the [...]

“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 [...]

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