The much-anticipated Dungeness crab season opened Friday, with optimism for a crab bounty.
Last year was one of the best hauls on record. Restaurants and fish markets were busy placing orders for the tasty crustacean, popular from Thanksgiving to Christmas and into the New Year.
Sierra Foothills crab connoisseurs can begin purchasing the fresh crustacean locally next [...]
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 [...]
LIKE SAMPLING CHEESE, we enjoy savoring Sierra Vintners’ wineries in “small bites”:
A trip along Hwy. 49 to visit Sierra Knolls’ Bear River Wine Tasting room and Naggiar, for example; or a drive along McCourtney Road outside Grass Valley to visit Bent Metal, continuing along Indian Springs Road into Penn Valley, stopping at Pilot Peak.
It’s a [...]
NATURE HAS BEEN KIND TO CALIFORNIA WINEMAKERS this year. It has been a splendid growing season, starting with a quick bloom this spring and ending with warm days and cool nights during the harvest.
This has led to renewed optimism for winemakers, who have contended with topsy-turvy weather and economic hardship in recent years.
A bountiful harvest—both [...]
This is a unique opportunity to sample wine straight from the barrel before it is finished. It gives you a chance to learn how wine ages. The wine is drawn from the barrel with a long glass tube, or “thief,” and poured into your glass by the winemaker.
Sometimes barrel tasting is a themed event, [...]
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SIERRA VINTNERS IS A CLUSTER of wineries in scenic Nevada County.
They are nestled in the foothills around historic Nevada City and Grass Valley, just north of I-80, between Reno and Sacramento. It’s a personal, unhurried wine tasting experience along “roads less traveled.”
Nevada County is a rising star in Northern California wine country. [...]
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SOLUNE HONORED IN FRANCE
For the sixth time, Solune Winegrower’s Owner/Winemaker Jacques Mercier was invited to Vinalies Internationales, France’s premier wine competition in Paris. There were about 100 judges from all over the world, judging 3,400 wines. “It is the strictest competition I know of,” says Jacques.
Two Solune wines (the 2009 Torrontés and the 2008 Malbec) [...]
SIERRA FOOTHILLS WINERIES WON HIGH HONORS in the 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the world’s largest competition of American wines.
Sierra Vintners wineries that won medals included Avanguardia Wines, Lucchesi Vineyards, Montoliva Vineyard, Naggiar Vineyards and Pilot Peak Winery.
Montoliva won “Best of Class” for its 2008 Sierra Bella. “Now try to tell me [...]
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SPRING IS AN IDEAL TIME TO VISIT THE foothill vineyards: The vines are budding, wildflowers are in bloom and the weather is splendid.
The 13th Annual Sierra Vintner’s Wine Trail, on Memorial Day weekend, is the perfect event for a wine country tour for locals and visitors. It is midway between Sacramento and Reno.
More wineries are expanding in downtown Grass Valley, and the county’s wine association has a new name, showing industry growth despite the economic downturn.
The Grass Valley Wine Co. — a venture of Bent Metal, Pilot Peak and Solune wineries — has found a new location, at 128 Mill St. in the historic downtown. The tasting [...]