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 [...]
HISTORIC HIGHWAY 40
Weather permitting, take an old time Sunday drive at slow speed along Old Hwy. 40 from Rocklin to Donner Pass and Truckee— or a “leg” or two—instead of Interstate 80. The fall colors are spectacular.
“You will see the parade of rich history that formed California: the path of the Native American petroglyphs and [...]
This weekend we joined about 10 other people in the restaurant-quality kitchen at Tess’ Kitchen Store in downtown Grass Valley for a preview of “Chef’s Table,” a new monthly cooking series with Alan Tangren, who worked at the venerable Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley for 22 years, as a chef and forager.
Tess’ “Chef’s Table” series [...]
Here are some foothill wineries that won awards at the California State Fair Wine Competition:
Avanguardia won a bronze for Due Fiore (a red varietal blend).
Clavey Vineyards & Winery won a bronze (Syrah).
Lucchesi won a gold for its Sauvignon Blanc.
Montoliva won two silvers (Sierra Bella, red varietal blend; and Teroldego).
Nevada City Winery won two silvers (Barbera [...]