Vintners predict quality wines from grape harvest

THIS YEAR’S WINE GRAPE HARVEST began early. Deploying little more than a pair of well-sharpened shears, the vintners, laborers and volunteers fanned out into the vineyard, hand harvested the grapes, put them in bins (or lugs) and hauled them off to the winery on a big tractor.
The freshly picked grapes were sorted for quality, crushed [...]

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 [...]

Bud break at Sierra Vintners’ wineries

As the weather warms, the vineyards begin to wake up from their dormancy and green shoots “break” through to begin their growth cycle. “Alas, the vines have beaten me to spring break,” says Naggiar’s winemaker Derek Irwin.
“The vines have been whooping it up,” he adds. “We are 2-3 weeks ahead of schedule, which on the [...]

Food & wine pairings for Foothills Celebration in Grass Valley on Saturday, March 1

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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 $45. The ticket includes unlimited wine tasting from foothill wineries and five [...]

Nevada County wine tours

SIERRA VINTNERS is in Nevada County, halfway between Sacramento and Reno, with easy access off Interstate 80. The 15 wineries and 10 tasting rooms are located throughout the Sierra foothills and within the towns of Grass Valley and Nevada City.
Sierra Vintners produces an unusually wide variety of vines, boasting over 45 planted varietals, ranging from [...]

Best food and wine tasting road trips around Truckee, Donner Summit, Auburn and Grass Valley

“Head out on the highway, looking for adventure.”
Summer is the time to explore the Sierra and surrounding foothills in all its glory. The open road, in your car, convertible, RV or motorcycle, is the best way to experience it.
The journeys feature beautiful and historic places, including the shores of Lake Tahoe on Highway 89, Donner [...]

“Bud break” underway at Sierra Vintners wineries

This past week, buds began breaking in the vineyards at Sierra Vintners’ wineries, marking the start of the 2013 growing cycle.
The annual life-cycle of the vine lasts from early spring to late fall. Among Sierra Vintners wineries in our Sierra foothills, Naggiar Vineyards and Winery and Smith Vineyard both reported bud breaks, among others.
Montoliva reported [...]

“New Gold Rush”: How chefs, farmers, winemakers & artists are resettling the Sierra Foothills

A new generation of chefs, farmers, winemakers and artists are resettling the region.
They are adding new energy and sophisticated offerings for today’s travelers while honoring the region’s rich history. The foothills’ relaxed lifestyle, Mediterranean-like climate and stunning beauty is prompting them to open wineries; restaurants with fresh, local cuisine; and local art galleries.
This [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

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