Our region’s “Beer Barons” show craft brew boom

FROM THE GOLD RUSH TO PROHIBITION, OUR REGION WAS THE WEST COAST BEER CAPITAL. With easy access to mountain spring water, locally grown hops and barley, and refrigerated rail cars for shipping, it’s easy to see how Sacramento once was home to the largest brewery west of the Mississippi.
Now craft beer is booming in the [...]

Best Al Fresco dining in the Sierra Foothills and Truckee-Tahoe

HERE ARE SOME ENJOYABLE OUTDOOR DINING spots in our region:

DIEGOS
Diegos has a charming outdoor patio, featuring original tile work, a trellis and colorful plantings. The eclectic surroundings are redolent of a neighborhood Latin America café, with food ranging from lomito sandwiches (roast, shredded pork) to fish tacos. 217 Colfax Ave., GV. DiegosRestaurant.com
IKE’S QUARTER CAFE
Ike’s tree-covered [...]

Read the Summer 2014 issue of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine

Click HERE to read a digital edition of our summer 2014 issue, now circulating.

Food, wine & music at Grass Valley wineries

THE WINERIES IN NAPA, SONOMA, El Dorado and Amador counties are often crowded in the summer. But wine tasting with the Sierra Vintners, located along historic Hwy. 49 and the Colfax Hwy., remains a pleasurable experience.
Wine enthusiasts can picnic in a serene setting at Solune or Montoliva on the Colfax Hwy.; attend a “Paint and [...]

Sierra Foothills’ food & wine featured at State Fair

A THEME FOR THIS YEAR’S CALIFORNIA STATE FAIR, from July 11-27 at Cal Expo in Sacramento is “From our Farm to Your Table.” It draws 700,000 people annually, more visitors than most professional sports teams attract in an entire season.
Nowhere is the counties’ exhibit theme more appropriate than for our region. We offer an abundance [...]

Foothills wineries win big in State Fair wine tasting competition

Sierra Foothills wineries, from Auburn to Lincoln to Grass Valley and Nevada City, won big in this year’s wine tasting competition for the California State Fair.
“Best of Class” winners included Lone Buffalo, Viña Castellano and Wise Villa – which won 12 medals. Viña Castellano won a “Double Gold,” “Best of California and Best of Class [...]

Bear River Wine Tasting hosts Tribute to Billy Joel and Elton John on July 26

Aaron Patrick is thrilled to announce that he and his band will be performing “Piano Men: A Tribute to Elton John and Billy Joel” on Saturday, July 26, at Bear River Wine Tasting in Auburn on Hwy 49, just north of the Bear River.
“Piano Men: A Tribute to Elton John and Billy Joel ” is [...]

Auburn’s Knee Deep Brewing now selling its beer in Hawaii

Knee Deep has has added the Aloha state to its distribution network. The first shipment of Knee Deep beer docked in Oahu on May 8th, and it will be distributed initially on Oahu only by Underground Wine Merchants. Distribution to the other islands is anticipated for later this year.
“I’m very excited to announce that Knee [...]

Fresh food teams in Sierra foothills

“FROM OUR COUNTY TO YOUR TABLE” IS THE theme of the California State Fair in July. It is well suited to our region, where chefs specialize in using fresh, local ingredients, including fruits and veggies, meats and poultry, and grains.
Examples include Ike’s Quarter Cafe in Nevada City; Newcastle Produce; Summer Thyme’s Bakery & Deli and [...]

Sierra foothills’ farmers markets getting underway

OUR AREA OFFERS AN ABUNDANCE of fresh, local produce from dozens of small farms around Nevada City, Grass Valley, Auburn, Loomis and Newcastle. Truckee is served by some in Plumas County, such as Sierra Valley Farms, as well as ones in the foothills.
The fresh, local fruits and vegetables, meats, poultry and eggs are sold at [...]

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