AmadorArts Winefest

  AmadorArts WineFest The 20th annual AmadorArts Winefest is November 11 in historic Sutter Creek. Taste local wines in 25 shops while strolling Main Street from 4:30-7 p.m. From 7-9 p.m., go to the Sutter Creek Auditorium for live music, desserts, dessert wines, and a silent auction, including wine, art and gifts. For tickets, visit […]

Tasting notes: Smith Vineyard turns 30, Nevada City Winery’s premium wines, Halloween Wine Walk

SMITH VINEYARD 30th ANNIVERSARY IN 1980, DR. WAYNE SMITH FULFILLED his desire to farm when he planted a vineyard in Grass Valley. The winery, housed in a restored red barn, opened in 1987. Nowadays, Wayne’s grandsons, the third generation, work alongside their parents, Gary and Chris, at the winery. Gary and Chris honored the fourth […]

The Big Crush: Wet winter leads to a fruitful harvest

THIS YEAR’S WINE GRAPE HARVEST WAS remarkably normal compared with past years, a relief to growers who have been suffering from the prolonged drought. Mother Nature delivered a wet winter and warm summer. Deploying well-sharpened shears, the vintners, laborers and volunteers fanned out into the vineyard, harvested the grapes, put them in bins (or lugs) […]

Ol’ Republic Roadhouse in the works

ONE OF THE MOST EXCITING “ALE TALES” for a brewery in our area goes to ol’ Republic Brewery of Nevada City and owners-brewers Jim Harte and Simon Olney. In its short five year history, ol’ Republic has quadrupled production, begun bottling its beer, started selling kegs in the Bay Area, and won a prestigious “Best […]

Amador County: Fine wines on “roads less traveled”

AMADOR COUNTY’S MICROCLIMATES are as diverse as any in California, ranging from oak-studded hillsides at 900 feet to Sierra peaks that top 9,000 feet. Besides offering a year round playground — for cycling, fishing, skiing and other activities — the county’s terroir, climate and soils are ideal for growing premium wine grapes. The majority of […]

Tasting Notes: Naggiar, Smith, Nevada City Winery and Sierra Starr

NAGGIAR: WINE, MUSIC AND VINEYARD TOURS The winery’s new releases include a 2016 Viognier; 2016 Rosé, 2015 Root 49 (a blend of tempranillo, grenache and mourvèdre), a 2014 Sangiovese (a gold medal winner at the 2017 Pacific Rim wine competition), and a 2014 Petit Verdot. Naggiar’s Winefest concerts continue July 29 with a Steely Dan […]

28th annual Sierra BrewFest is August 26 in Grass Valley

“TASTING OUR WAY THROUGH a medley of IPA, lagers and seasonal brews, the sun on our face, thoughtful food pairings, maybe some live music in the background. It’s as close to summer vacation as we can get as adults.” —GoPassage.com. Welcome to the 2017 beer festival season. America is now home to over 900 beer […]

Sip, Savor & Stroll at Food & Wine Festivals

Here’s a sampling of food and wine festivals in our region: AUTUMN FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL, SEPT. 8-10 The 32nd Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival at Northstar California on September 8-10 is one of Northern California’s premier gourmet gatherings. Attendees enjoy three days of events, including hands-on cooking demonstrations, beer and wine tastings, […]

Naggiar Vineyards: Wine, food and music

A VISIT TO NAGGIAR VINEYARDS & Winery, nestled in the rolling hills between Auburn and Grass Valley, is one of the most satisfying wine country experiences. This time of year the wildflowers are in full bloom. Naggiar’s Tuscan-inspired tasting room and bistro overlook 60 acres of vineyard that produce award-winning wines. Naggiar’s warm-weather season begins […]

Tahoe Tastings: Sip wine while cruising “Big Blue”

IMAGINE STANDING ON A LOVINGLY restored, 40-foot “woodie” on Lake Tahoe, holding a glass of Andis Wines 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, Dono dal Ciello 2014 Zinfandel or another regional varietal, and watching the sun set over the Sierra. This leisurely experience is now possible from June to October, thanks to Tahoe Tastings. A husband-and-wife team of […]

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