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 […]

Amador Four Fires Festival

Amador Vintners presents the Amador Four Fires Festival on Saturday, May 5, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., celebrating the four distinctive wine regions that inspire the region’s winemakers and winegrowers: Southern France, Italy, Iberia, and “Heritage California.” Sample over 200 wines from more than 40 wineries along with food prepared by acclaimed local chefs and caterers. […]

Tasting Notes: Nevada City Winery, Sierra Starr and Avanguardia

FOOTHILLS CELEBRATION Now in its 17th year, the Foothills Celebration in downtown Grass Valley is one of the region’s premier wine and food events. On Saturday, March 3, from 1-4 p.m., participants gather to sip wine from foothill wineries while sampling chef specialties and sweets from local restaurants. One of the more decadent offerings has […]

Explore Amador County: Food, wine and art

A FALL ROAD TRIP IN THE SIERRA and the surrounding foothills is an ideal getaway: Brilliant fall foliage, historic Gold Rush towns, fruit orchards, pumpkin patches, and wine and beer tasting. Bring along your mountain bike, hiking boots, and bird-watching binoculars to complete the experience. Some of our favorite road trips include Old Hwy. 40 […]

Sip, Savor & Stroll at Food & Wine Festivals

Here’s a sampling of food and wine festivals in our region: AUTUMN FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL, SEPT. 8-10 The 32nd Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival at Northstar California on September 8-10 is one of Northern California’s premier gourmet gatherings. Attendees enjoy three days of events, including hands-on cooking demonstrations, beer and wine tastings, […]

Tasting notes: Wine, pizza and music

SIERRA KNOLLS: WINE, PIZZA & MUSIC “What’s Up Friday?” returns April 21 at Sierra Knolls tasting room (10024, Linnet Lane in Auburn) with wine, fresh pizza from a wood-fired oven and music. The winery’s releases include a 2014 Primitivo and 2014 Petite Verdot. SierraKnollsWinery.com SIERRA STARR’S STELLAR GROWTH The Grass Valley winery now has three […]

Taste & Rest in Plymouth: Exemplifies new culinary “Gold Rush”

SMALL TOWNS INCREASINGLY are joining the nationwide boom in four-star culinary innovation, including the foothills and Sierra. Examples we’ve written about include Trokay in Truckee, Carpe Vino in Auburn, and the New Moon Cafe in Nevada City. Now we’d like to introduce you to another superb restaurant in the foothills that rivals or exceeds any […]

Winter Events in Tahoe-Truckee, Auburn, Grass Valley, Nevada City and Lincoln

TAHOE-TRUCKEE March 9-12 Audi FIS World Cup World Cup ski racing returns to California for the first time in 19 years. The event includes concerts, a festival village and a women’s Giant Slalom and Slalom at Squaw Valley. SquawAlpine.com/worldcup March 3-12 North Lake Tahoe SnowFest North Lake Tahoe celebrates its long winter season with SnowFest, […]

Andis Wines in Amador County

AMONG ALL FOOTHILL WINERIES, ANDIS WINES is one of the most stunning. It is a state-of-the-art winery with “green” design, panoramic views of the Shenandoah Valley and a 20-acre vineyard. Most of the vineyard is zinfandel, planted in 1978. Andis also buys fruit from local growers. Andis’ estate-grown zin has won a double-gold and its […]

Amador Vintners: Fine wine & scenic vineyards

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—for cycling, fishing, skiing 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 […]