￼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 [...]
“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 [...]
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 [...]
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.