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 […]

Brewfests in the Sierra Foothills and High Sierra

MUNICH OKTOBERFEST BEGAN WITH the celebration of a royal wedding in October 1810, and since then beer festivals have become popular worldwide. Examples are the Great American Beer Fest, the Keyaki Hiroba Spring Beer Festival, Mondial de la bière, and the Great British Beer Festival. Our region — with its burgeoning craft beer scene — […]

Beer Notes: Movies and Brews, ol’ Republic, FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

LET’S GRAB A PINT Sierra Theaters is partnering with four Grass Valley breweries and tap houses to enhance a night on the town. From now until the end of May, patrons of Del Oro Theatre, Sierra Cinemas and Sutton Cinemas can receive $1 off a beer at four local pubs when they present their movie […]

Fresh & Local Craft Beers

AMERICA’S CRAFT BREWING BUSINESS is booming. Some 7,500 small and independent brewers are churning out over 25 million barrels of craft beer annually. The past — where “one size fits all” beers are sold coast-to-coast — is giving way to an era where craft breweries churn out local, special-release beers; beers named after local places; […]

Shaken, not Stirred: Cocktails in the Sierra Foothills and High Sierra

Here are some of our favorite spots for martinis and craft cocktails in Grass Valley, Auburn and Truckee: 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 non-alcoholic soda fountain drinks. Weekend music includes […]

Sippin’ in the Sierra: Nevada County Wineries

NEVADA CITY WINERY The winery is deep-rooted in the historic downtown shown on its label. It is Nevada County’s oldest and largest winery and has been buying grapes from local growers to produce its award-winning wines since 1980. Its structure rests nestled between the same brick buildings and Victorian houses laid down by hopeful miners […]

Napa, meet Amador: Rombauer Vineyards expands in the foothills

THIS SPRING ROMBAUER VINEYARDS, one of Napa Valley’s premier, family owned wineries, completed the purchase of the Renwood Winery facility in Amador County. The deal epitomizes Amador’s long-time and growing influence in shaping California’s wine business, along with Napa, Sonoma, Paso Robles, and Sierra Vintners, among others. The sale included 20 acres of vineyards, the […]

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 […]

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