Groundbreaking ceremony for repairing Bridgeport Covered Bridge is September 2

The public is invited to attend the Groundbreaking Ceremony of the stabilization project for the Bridgeport Covered Bridge, located in the South Yuba River State Park on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at the entrance of the bridge. The Bridgeport Covered Bridge has been an important part of California’s history for over 150 years, and is [...]

Pilot Peak wins small-business honor

Pilot Peak Winery has been selected for the 2013 California Excellence Award amongst all its peers and competitors by the Small Business Institute for Excellence in Commerce (SBIEC).
Each year the SBIEC conducts business surveys and industry research to identify companies that have achieved demonstrable success in their local business environment and industry category.
They are recognized [...]

Italian Festa in Penn Valley on September 14-15

IMAGINE A FESTIVAL WITH THE SIGHTS, sounds and aromas of the Italian countryside, celebrating the Italian heritage in Gold Country. It’s coming to Nevada County, at the Fourth Annual Italian Festa at Western Gateway Park in Penn Valley on September 14-15.
With good friends and family, you’ll taste the flavors of Italy, including artisan pizza, [...]

Community Canvas, Pilot Peak host “Paint & Pour” art classes

“WINE AND ART GO TOGETHER because both are about enjoyment of life,” says Jean-Pierre Got, the celebrated wine poster artist from Southern France. In the Napa Valley, the Robert Mondavi winery is well known for its impressive collection of sculptures and paintings.
The foothills is becoming known for its own innovative art and wine pairings at [...]

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, [...]

Festival! Celebrating the Italian legacy

THE CORNISH MINERS’ INFLUENCE ON GOLD Country is well known. But Italian immigrants, with names such as Ghidotti, Pardini and Tassone, also were active in settling the region.
Italian gold miners left their legacy at historic places, such as the Italian Mine. Italians skilled in stone masonry, from the rugged Liguria region, helped build mountain [...]

Food Truck Food Festival coming to foothills on June 30

Saul Rayo and Cocina del Mundo will headline the first annual Food Truck Food Festival on June 30 at Western Gateway Park in Penn Valley.
Saul and his eleven piece band are set to hit the stage from 4 – 6 pm to play their diverse selection of original and world-party music that is guaranteed to [...]

Tasting Notes: What’s new at foothill wineries

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 [...]