Artisan pizza abounds in Grass Valley, Nevada City and Truckee

THE ITALIANS WHO CAME TO THE FOOTHILLS in the Gold Rush-era brought winemaking to the region, but they also introduced the tradition of baking in stone ovens. Area restaurants and wineries have revived the tradition, from North Auburn to Grass Valley to Nevada City to Truckee. Sierra Knolls’ Bear River Wine Tasting room, just off […]

Wine tasting in Grass Valley

VISIT GRASS VALLEY’S DOWNTOWN tasting rooms, where you can sip award-winning wine in restored Gold Rush-era buildings. You also can visit destination wineries throughout the foothills. AVANGUARDIA WINES Taste wine on the cutting edge of the blending craft in an historic building. Italian, French, Georgian and California grape varieties, all grown in an estate vineyard. […]

Bear River Wine Tasting hosts Tribute to Billy Joel and Elton John on July 26

Aaron Patrick is thrilled to announce that he and his band will be performing “Piano Men: A Tribute to Elton John and Billy Joel” on Saturday, July 26, at Bear River Wine Tasting in Auburn on Hwy 49, just north of the Bear River. “Piano Men: A Tribute to Elton John and Billy Joel ” […]

Colfax Hwy. Wine Tour: Visit Montoliva and Solune

LIKE SAMPLING CHEESE, we enjoy savoring Sierra Vintners’ wineries in “small bites”: A trip along Hwy. 49 to visit Sierra Knolls’ Bear River Wine Tasting room and Naggiar, for example; or a drive along McCourtney Road outside Grass Valley to visit Bent Metal, continuing along Indian Springs Road into Penn Valley, stopping at Pilot Peak. […]

Tasting Notes: Barrel Tasting, Gifts, “Holiday in the Hills”

BARREL TASTING This is a unique opportunity to sample wine straight from the barrel before it is finished. It gives you a chance to learn how wine ages. The wine is drawn from the barrel with a long glass tube, or “thief,” and poured into your glass by the winemaker. Sometimes barrel tasting is a […]

Sierra Knolls: Fine Wine, Great Times

SIERRA KNOLLS VINEYARD & Winery’s origin stems from a 45-year friendship between two families and their love of wine. In 1987, John and Linda Chase and Steve and Brenda Taylor bought 44 acres of western facing slopes in western Nevada County. The vineyard and winery became a dream come true, providing a lifestyle for creating […]