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 […]

Sierra Vintners’ wine trails on May 20, July 15 and September 23

THE FOOTHILLS HAVE SOME exceptional wine trail experiences on “roads less traveled”: “Grape Days of Summer” in Placer County, “Drink Pink” and “Big Crush” in Amador County, and “Passport” in El Dorado County, among others. Sierra Vintners, which includes wineries in Placer and Nevada Counties, is offering three regional wine trail experiences in 2017—in May, […]

Golden Era’s Cocktail 101 class

“WE’RE GOING TO SHAKE, MAKE AND measure together,” said veteran bartender Eric Giardina, standing behind the restored 1890s-bar at Golden Era Lounge with a shaker and strainer in hand. And with that, a dozen of us sitting on the barstools at the swank Nevada City lounge immerse ourselves into the world of mixology for the […]

Foothill wineries win “double gold,” “best of class” and other top honors at State Fair wine competition

FOOTHILL WINERIES EARNED numerous awards in the 2017 California State Fair wine tasting competition. Winners included Andis Wines, Avanguardia, Cooper Vineyards, Montoliva Vineyard & Winery, Naggiar Vineyards, Nevada City Winery, Sierra Starr Vineyard and Szabo Vineyards. Andis won a “Best of California” for its 2013 Painted Fields red blend; Avanguardia won a “Best of Class […]

Naggier: Wine, food, music and vineyard tours

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 […]

Grape expectations: Some wine predictions for the New Year

FOCUS ON MILLENNIALS Millennials are fast becoming the largest wine-drinking population, eclipsing the baby boomers and accounting for 30 percent of wine drinkers. (For more on “Gen Wine,” see our companion website SierraCulture.com.) “What does this mean for wine in 2017?” asks Wine Cooler Direct. “Labels are continuing to get more creative and whimsical, biodynamic […]

What’s brewing: Sierra Nevada’s $2 million gift to UC Davis and ol’ Republic’s Barrel Club

OVER 5,000 U.S. BREWERIES In the 1870s, America had over 4,000 breweries. Before Prohibition, the total had fallen to under 700. Now the U.S. is home to over 5,000 breweries, according to the Brewer’s Association. “In the face of numerous opportunities and challenges in 2016, small and independent craft brewers continue to thrive,” says Bart […]

Tasting Notes: Andis, Avanguardia, Nevada City Winery & Sierra Starr

FOOTHILLS CELEBRATION Now in its 16th 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 4, 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. […]

Amador Vintners hosts “Behind the Cellar Door” March 3-5

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—or cycling, hiking, fishing and other activities— the county’s terroir, climate and soils are ideal for growing premium wine grapes. The majority of Amador’s 3,700 vine […]

Tasting notes: Andretti, Andis, Bent Metal, Smith and Sierra Starr

INDY 500 WINNING TEAM INTO CALIFORNIA WINE Nevada City native Alexander Rossi won the 100th Indianapolis 500 for Andretti Autosport this summer. He was the first Californian to win the race since 1955. As it turns out, the winning Indy 500 team is into California wine, not just race cars. Andretti Winery in Napa was […]

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