Grass Valley food and wine tasting event packed, a hopeful signThe Foothills Celebration in downtown Grass Valley this weekend was a sellout — a hopeful economic sign.
The annual event during the late winter doldrums lets you sip wine from local wineries and taste food from area restaurants. One decadent example: Strawberries dipped in chocolate from a fountain, courtesy of Lazy Dog ice cream. Tickets sold for $40 and $30 in advance.
Event-goers, most of whom were wearing big smiles, wandered throughout the downtown, visiting the shops for a taste of food or sip of wine. I also saw some of the merchant’s cash registers ringing.
Some other observations:
•Smith Vineyard’s new tasting room at the former Bunces Place on Mill Street has a fine-looking wooden bar near where the old once stood outside, as well as a handsome brick interior.
•There’s a new winery called Bent Metal, which will open a tasting room this spring out on McCourtney Road.