Bent Metal and Jim E team up for Mardi Gras dinner on March 4

MARDI GRAS DINNER, MARCH 4TH
Jim E’s Catering/Club 141 and Bent Metal Winery present
Mardi Gras Dinner on Fat Tuesday!
March 4, 2014, 6:30pm, cost $45.00/ person
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Tasting notes: Wine tasting in Grass Valley, Fawnridge and Van Howd and more

FOOTHILLS CELEBRATION
The Foothills Celebration in Grass Valley on Saturday, March 1, is one of the region’s premier wine and food pairing events. Spend the afternoon, from 1-4 p.m., strolling the shops and sites of historic downtown Grass Valley.
Tickets are $35 until February 22 and $45 afterward. The ticket includes unlimited wine tasting from 30 foothill [...]

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 [...]

Fresh Dungeness crab lands in the Foothills

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 [...]

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 [...]

Colfax Hwy. Wine Tour: Visit Montoliva and Solune

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 [...]

Good Times Return to Wine Making

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 [...]

Tasting Notes: Barrel Tasting, Gifts, “Holiday in the Hills”

BARREL TASTING
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, [...]

Visit Sierra Vintners: Taste among the barrels

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. [...]

Tasting Notes: Meet at the Peak, Solune in France & more

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) [...]

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