BriarPatch celebrates its 40th anniversary with food, wine and art

THE YEAR 2016 MARKS BRIARPATCH CO-OP’S 40th anniversary, leading to a year-long celebration. It will include special sales, a $40,000 community food giveaway, souvenirs, an art show and anniversary party for owners.
Since it opened in 1976, BriarPatch has grown to more than 12,000 owners, and it employs more than 200 local residents, making it one [...]

Grass Valley hosts Foothills Celebration for food and wine tasting on March 5

NOW IN ITS 15TH YEAR, the Foothills Celebration in downtown Grass Valley is one of the region’s premier wine and food tasting events.
Participants gather on Saturday, March 5, from 1-4 p.m., to sip wine from more than 20 foothills’ wineries while sampling delicacies from local restaurants, including favorite nibbles from their menus. One of the [...]

Fine wine: A new offering at Tess’ Kitchen Store

TESS’ KITCHEN STORE IN HISTORIC Grass Valley has launched a wine program that includes retail sales, classes and two wine clubs. In April, Tess’ also expects to begin selling bottles of craft beer.
It is a milestone for Tess’ and represents a growing trend, the morphing of food, wine, and kitchenware into one shopping experience. Carpe [...]

Nevada City Winery: Rebirth of a classic

NOW IN ITS 37TH YEAR, NEVADA CITY WINERY is tightly connected with the town that it proudly displays on its label, as well as the history of modern-day winemaking in the foothills.
Founded in a garage on the outskirts of Nevada City, the winery moved to its present location in 1982, the Miners Foundry Garage on [...]

Popie Wines: Now at historic Blue Goose Fruit Shed in Loomis

POPIE WINES IS A BOUTIQUE winery creating award-winning wines in Loomis. Since the 1920s, three generations of the Duarte family have worked in the Napa Valley growing high-quality grapes. Michael Duarte represents the fourth generation and is continuing the family tradition in Placer County.
Michael named the winery after his dad, whose nickname is “Popie.” Popie’s [...]

Tasting Notes: Wine 174, barrel tasting, turkey treats & pumpkins

What’s New at the Wineries
SIERRA STARR CAB FRANC HONORED
Sierra Starr’s 2011 “Rising Star” Cabernet Franc has been named in the American Wine Society’s “21 Wines to Watch,” a high honor. A recommended food pairing was roasted lamb shanks. On November 21, Sierra Starr is hosting its annual holiday food-and-wine pairing at its tasting room in [...]

The best beers for fall in the Sierra Foothills

OKTOBERFEST IN MUNICH, Germany, attracts more than 6 million people annually who consume 1.5 million gallons of beer. Gastropubs, brewpubs and breweries in our region are all celebrating with seasonal brews and their own Octoberfest celebrations.
Loomis Basin Brewery is holding its 4th annual October-fest on October 17. The festivities include food by Ruffhaus of El [...]

Life cycle of a wine grape

BUD BREAK
The first tender buds of the growing season emerge from the dormant vine during bud break in spring. After about a month of growth, a vine will develop bunches of tiny flowers. Each flower has the potential to form a single grape berry.
FLOWERING
After about a month of growth, a vine will develop bunches of [...]

Crush: “quality over quantity” this year

WINE LOVERS MAY BE ONE OF THE few beneficiaries of the long dry spell in California, at least for one more year.
Just as every cloud has a silver lining, the drought is causing the vines to produce smaller grapes, which results in more concentrated sugars and flavors. Vintages during dry years tend to garner better [...]

Tasting Notes: Sierra Starr celebrates 20th harvest, Nevada City Winery turns 35, winery dogs

CALIFORNIA STATE FAIR WINE WINNERS
Gold-medal winners in the 2015 California State Fair Wine Competition included Avanguardia (Premiato), Double Oak Vineyards & Winery (Chardonnay), Le Casque (Sergent Dessert Wine), Mt. Vernon Winery (Cabernet Franc), Naggiar Vineyards (Sangiovese) and Nevada City Winery (Barbera).
Medal winners also included Avanguardia (silver, two bronze), Ciotti Cellars (silver, bronze), Le Casque (four [...]

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