Foothills wineries win big in State Fair wine tasting competition

Sierra Foothills wineries, from Auburn to Lincoln to Grass Valley and Nevada City, won big in this year’s wine tasting competition for the California State Fair.
“Best of Class” winners included Lone Buffalo, Viña Castellano and Wise Villa – which won 12 medals. Viña Castellano won a “Double Gold,” “Best of California and Best of Class [...]

Why the Sierra and its foothills are a world-class destination

Recent accolades that make our region a world-class destination:
Cool Small Towns
Nevada City was just named the sixth coolest small town in America in Budget Travel’s 9th annual America’s Coolest Small Town contest. “Residents value the Gold Country town for its music and art scene, food and proximity to some of California’s amazing rivers, lakes and [...]

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 [...]

Sierra Foothills wineries win big at S.F. Chronicle wine competition

The 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition included winners from Sierra Foothills wineries including Avanguardia, Bent Metal, Ciotti, Le Casque, Montoliva, Naggiar, Popie, Secret Ravine, Solune and Viña Castellano, among others.
Viña Castellano won “best of class,” and Naggiar won two “double golds.” The “Loomis Loop” wineries, which we write about in our magazine, did exceedingly [...]

Placer wineries’ 4th annual Holidays in the Hills is December 14-15

Experience collaborative open-house style wine tours hosted by the Placer County Vintners Association and the Placer County Wine Trail members. Meet winemakers, wine grape growers and other wine enthusiasts while tasting award-winning artisan wines in the down-to- earth atmosphere of the Sierra Foothills.
Admission is Free with Toy Donation:
Start your tour at any participating winery. Just [...]

“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 [...]

Placer County Wine Trail: What’s new for summer

THE PLACER COUNTY WINE TRAIL is a series of family-run, boutique wineries dedicated to preserving the winemaking legacy of the foothills.
Just a short 30 minute drive from Sacramento, the trail runs from Lincoln to Newcastle and Auburn and is easily accessible from Interstate 80 and Highway 49.
Summer on the Placer County Wine Trail:
•Friday [...]

Art & Wine Walks: Grass Valley, Nevada City and Auburn

THE FOOTHILLS ARE A PRIME DESTINATION for historic, walkable towns. “Towns that ooze century-old ambience are strung out along Hwy. 49,” as Lonely Planet wrote in naming Gold Country one of the nation’s top 10 travel destinations for 2012.
Examples include old-town Auburn; downtown Auburn, with its new central square; Grass Valley and Nevada City. The [...]

2nd Annual Beer and Wine Tasting Event to Benefit SYRCL on April 21

The South Yuba River Citizens League, the local nonprofit dedicated to protecting and restoring the Yuba River, will hold its 2nd Annual Wild for the Yuba wine and beer tasting event on Saturday April 21, 2012 from 6-9 p.m. at the Grass Valley Veterans Hall.
Attendees will enjoy a lively evening featuring tastings [...]

Placer Wine Trail this summer & go to Lone Buffalo

“FINE WINES, FEW SIGNS” JOKE DEDICATED fans who visit Lone Buffalo Vineyards in Auburn. Off the beaten path —just south of I-80 and at the end of a lane in the Shirland Tract area — this boutique winery is a hidden gem on the Placer County Wine Trail.
Winemaker and Owner Phil Maddux has more [...]

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