NOW IN ITS 15TH YEAR, the Foothills Celebration in downtown Grass Valley is one of the region’s premier wine and food tasting events.
Participants gather on Saturday, March 5, from 1-4 p.m., to sip wine from more than 20 foothills’ wineries while sampling delicacies from local restaurants, including favorite nibbles from their menus. One of the [...]
Sierra Vintners’ regional wine trails are May 14, July 16 and September 24 in 2016.
The May 14 wine trail is Amour Privé, Bear River, Fawnridge, Lone Buffalo, Mt. Vernon, Naggiar, Sierra Knolls and Viña Castellano.
The July 16 trail features Avanguardia, Bent Metal, Coufos Cellars, Grant Marie, Gray one, Pilot Peak and Szabo.
The September 24 wine [...]
For savory eats and award-winning wines, these festivals offer eclectic tastings, hands-on cooking demos with imaginative chefs, and breathtaking venues:
SUMMER REGIONAL WINE TRAIL JULY 18 AND SEPTEMBER 26
A premier wine tasting experience from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on “roads less traveled” in Nevada and Placer Counties. The trail includes wineries that are relatively near [...]
“Ah, it’s that beautiful time of year again- skies are blue, the air is mild, the trees are blooming…wait- what?! It’s only mid-February!” according to Naggiar Vineyard’s blog. “While parts of the country are buried several feet deep in snow with more on the way- um, sorry East Coasters?- we have been enjoying a [...]
￼IN 1848, FRENCHMAN, CLAUDE CHANA, who discovered gold in Auburn Ravine, planted the first grape vines in the region. Besides miners, the Gold Rush brought European winemakers who established larger vineyards. In the 1860s, Placer County had more vineyards and wineries than Sonoma and Napa combined.
Along with wine, the Gold Rush ushered in craft beer [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]