Nevada City Uncorked: Sip and stroll in a Gold Rush town

NEVADA CITY HAS LONG BEEN KNOWN as the Queen City of the Northern Mines. Nevada City’s Victorian elegance supplies the perfect backdrop to showcase Nevada City Uncorked, an annual celebration of wine and food bringing together the best wines, foods, and venues, for the event of the season. Nevada City Uncorked is a sip-and-stroll event […]

Tahoe Tasting: Cruise Big Blue and sample our region’s wines

TOURING BIG BLUE ABOARD TAHOE TASTINGS’ Golden Rose — a 1953 Chris-Craft Venetian Water Taxi — and tasting fine wines is the quintessential “what’s old is new again” experience. Guests board the Golden Rose in the Tahoe Keys Marina, receive a glass of Domaine Carneros Brut Cuvée, and embark on a two-hour cruise that showcase […]

Tasting Notes: Nevada City Winery, Sierra Starr, Pilot Peak and Andis

NEVADA CITY WINERY’S FIVE NEW RELEASES The winery is releasing five new vintages this summer under winemaker Mark Foster, who is celebrating 40 years of winemaking. This includes grenache, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, zinfandel and Rough and Ready Red (a blend) — all for vintage year 2016. Foster and the winery also are releasing a […]

Amador’s Barbera Festival on Sept. 14 and Big Crush on Oct. 5-6

BARBERA FESTIVAL Amador Vintners hosts the 9th annual Barbera Festival on September 14 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the historic Terra d’Oro Winery in Amador wine country. The outdoor wine and food festival allows guests to sample barbera wines from more than 60 wineries from across California, enjoy local craft beer, gourmet food from top […]

Wine vs. Beer at Lake Tahoe’s West Shore Cafe

You came, they poured. We’re nearing the end of our five-week music series, Wine vs. Beer! Every event showcased local wine/beer vendors and now we’re asking you to help us choose a winner. From 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm this Wednesday, all the brewers and vintners you’ve sampled from will join us on the lawn […]

Beer Notes: Slice Beer, Grass Valley Brewfest and State Fair awards

SLICE BEER CO. The former head brewer at Moonraker Brewing Co. in Auburn is helping to open a new brewery in Lincoln called Slice Beer Co. Slice co-founder Zach Frasher helped Moonraker became one of the area’s most popular breweries. Slice plans to open in September, with a motto “culture of fresh,” pizza-slicer inspired tap […]

Bottoms Up! Craft cocktails in the Sierra Foothills

GOLDEN ERA LOUNGE Golden Era serves perfect hand-crafted cocktails (with names such as “Miner’s Punch,” “Gold Rush Sour” or “Nevada City Swizzle”), as well as craft beers, local wines and homemade non-alcoholic soda fountain drinks. Weekend music includes piano or soft jazz. Nevada City. GoldenEraLounge.com LEFTY’S GRILL Lefty’s serves “the perfect cocktail.” Customers can order […]

Food & Wine Festivals this summer and fall

HERE’S A SAMPLING OF FOOD AND WINE FESTIVALS IN OUR REGION AUTUMN FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL, SEPT. 20-22 The 34th annual Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival at Northstar California on September 20-22 is one of Northern California’s premier gourmet gatherings. Attendees enjoy three days of events, including hands-on cooking demonstrations, beer and wine […]

Amador Vintners: World-class wines in the Sierra Foothills

WHETHER YOU VISIT OVER a weekend on your own or participate in one of its signature events, you are sure to enjoy a getaway to Amador Wine Country. Located in the historic foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains (just 45 minutes east of Sacramento), the beauty of the fertile foothills provides the perfect setting to […]

From Grapes to Glass: Life Cycle of a Wine Grape

FROM GRAPES TO GLASS THE LIFE CYCLE OF A WINE GRAPE BUD BREAK The first tender buds of the growing season emerge from the dormant vine during bud break in spring. FLOWERING After about a month of growth, a vine will develop bunches of tiny flowers. Each flower has the potential to form a single […]

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