All in the Family

Meet some of them: fathers, sons, mothers & daughters who are coming together to help our “food, wine, art economy” prosper: THE GIARDINAS The family owns the Golden Era Lounge in downtown Nevada City, arguably the most inviting cocktail lounge in the footills. Golden Era is located in the old Cirino’s building on Broad Street, […]

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 […]

Iron Hub Winery: An Authentic Wine Country Experience

IRON HUB WINERY ILLUSTRATES WHY we love Sierra Foothills wineries: The Amador County winery is family owned; it is home to a veteran winemaker, who graduated from UC Davis’ school of viticulture and enology; it is set on a hillside vineyard with a sleek tasting room and stunning views; and best of all, it is […]

Amador Vintners

AMADOR COUNTY’S MICRO-CLIMATES 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 “leaf peeping,” cycling, hiking, skiing and other activities—the county’s terroir, climate and soils are ideal for growing premium wine grapes. The majority of Amador’s […]

Exploring Amador Wine Country

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 “leaf peeping,” cycling, hiking, 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 […]

Cooper Vineyards: A “Barbera” dollar bill started things

THE LATE ’60s AND ’70s LARGELY marked the start of Northern California’s modern winemaking era: Robert Mondavi opened his winery in Napa Valley, the Silverado wine trail was born, and California wines topped some of France’s finest in a blind tasting competition dubbed the “Judgment of Paris.” The foothills also experienced a milestone in wine […]

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 […]