Grape Expectations: Wine predictions for the New Year

MORE “20-SOMETHING” WINE DRINKERS Millennials are drinking more wine than Boomers. One estimate predicts that millennials will hold the largest share of U.S. wine consumption in 2026. “Millennials have shown limited interest in the lowest-price wine segment, and as a result they made an outsize contribution to the growth of premium wines,” according to L.E.K. […]

Amador Vintners presents Behind the Cellar Door on March 2-3

WINTER PROVIDES A BIT OF a lull for many in the wine industry. Vines fall into a dormant state, conserving energy and resources for the long winter days. Cellar workers quietly monitor the precious “nectar of the Gods” they put into barrels after last year’s harvest. As the sun begins to slowly warm the vines […]

Tasting Notes

FOOTHILLS CELEBRATION Now in its 18th year, the Foothills Celebration in downtown Grass Valley is one of the region’s premier wine and food events. On Saturday, March 2, from 1-4 p.m., participants gather to sip wine from foothill wineries while sampling chef specialties and sweets from local restaurants. Attendees also can shop at the clothing […]

Rombauer Vineyards acquires Renwood Winery facility in Sierra Foothills

Rombauer Vineyards, one of Napa Valley’s premier, family-owned wineries, announced the purchase of the Renwood Winery facility in Amador County. The sale includes 20 acres of vineyards, the wine production facility, and the tasting room located at 12225 Steiner Road in Plymouth, California. The Renwood Winery brand and Renwood Ranch Vineyard will continue to be […]

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.: Home-brewed Roots

KEN GROSSMAN FOUNDED SIERRA NEVADA BREWING CO. in Chico in 1979 with the goal of providing his customers with the kind of beer he liked to drink — hoppy, dark, and flavorful, according to the American Homebrewing Association. His background in homebrewing helped him build one of the nation’s largest craft breweries. Ken’s son Brian […]

The Big Crush

THIS YEAR’S WINE GRAPE HARVEST HAS been a celebratory one, thanks to a “picture-perfect” growing season. It included abundant rainfall in winter followed by endless days of sunshine and moderate temperatures in spring and summer. “The grapes hung on the vines and gained flavor and complexity without being pushed beyond ripeness by excess heat,” Jackson […]

Craft Cocktails

SOUTH FORK VODKA A locally made vodka called South Fork Vodka was released this fall — the latest sign of the boom in craft distilleries. “South Fork Vodka is an elegant hand crafted vodka, distilled six times from American corn, and produced in small batches here in Grass Valley,” according to its owners. South Fork […]

Wines for the Holidays

  Pair your holiday menus with these bottles of wines from the Sierra Foothills: SPARKLING WINES Avanguardia L’edonista “The Hedonist” is redolent of established high-end brands, many of them from California subsidiaries of famous European houses (Roederer, Mumm, and Gloria Ferrer) and with some of the best domestic wines (Schramsberg). Pilot Peak Sparkling Cuvée Pear […]

Tasting Notes

FEAST OF THE SEVEN FISHES The Feast of the Seven Fishes is an Italian tradition. It features seven courses of fish and seafood dishes on Christmas Eve — the freshest catch of the day, as well as clams, oysters, mussels, squid, shrimp and lobster, for example. Avanguardia’s Cristallo is the perfect wine for the occasion. […]

Amador Vintners: Barbera Festival and Big Crush

AMADOR VINTNERS HOSTS THE 8TH annual Barbera Festival on September 15 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the historic Terra d’Oro Winery in Amador wine country. The outdoor wine and food festival will allow guests to sample barbera wines from more than 70 wineries from across California, enjoy local craft beer, gourmet food from top restaurants […]

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