Food & Wine Festivals this summer in the Sierra Foothills and High Sierra

Here’s a sampling of food and wine festivals in our region this summer:
A premier wine tasting experience from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on scenic backroads in Nevada and Placer Counties. The trail includes wineries that are relatively near one another, reducing the driving time. The wineries [...]

Bent Metal plans to open a tasting room in downtown Grass Valley in August

In a newsletter, Bent Metal said “we will be opening a secondary tasting room in downtown Grass Valley on Mill Street sometime in August. Stay tuned for more information.”
It will be the fifth winery tasting room in downtown Grass Valley. The others are Avanguardia, Lucchesi, Sierra Starr and Smith Vineyard.
“Scott and Judy Brown, along with [...]

“Gen Wine”: More millennials drinking wine instead of beer

WE REGULARLY VISIT OUR REGION’S wineries to sip new varietals, taste from the barrel and meet with winemakers. We also enjoy meeting other winery guests. Though most of them are retirees, or boomers like ourselves, we notice more millennials at local wineries and tasting rooms.
We’ve run into these unpretentious and adventurous wine drinkers at the [...]

Tasting Notes: Nevada City Winery, Bent Metal and Popie Wines

What’s new at Sierra Foothills wineries:
Local collaboration is a theme in the New Year, among chefs, restaurateurs, farmers, winemakers and brewmasters. In one example, Nevada City Winery in Nevada County CA is providing a custom-blended wine to the Golden Era cocktail lounge, also in the city’s historic downtown.
Nevada City Winery’s [...]

BYOB and barrel tasting at foothills wineries

Italy is a wine-lover’s paradise and locals buy it on tap (“alla Spina”), bringing their own bottle and filling it themselves at the winery.
Sierra Knolls’ Bear River Tasting Room offers a “refillable bottle” option for red (a blend of Primativo, Barbera and Sangiovese) and white (a blend of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc) in one litre [...]

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

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

Tasting notes: Wine tasting in Grass Valley, Fawnridge and Van Howd and more

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 [...]

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