Nevada City Uncorked: Sip and stroll in a Gold Rush town

NEVADA CITY HAS LONG BEEN KNOWN as the Queen City of the Northern Mines. Nevada City’s Victorian elegance supplies the perfect backdrop to showcase Nevada City Uncorked, an annual celebration of wine and food bringing together the best wines, foods, and venues, for the event of the season. Nevada City Uncorked is a sip-and-stroll event […]

Après Ski: Wine, beer, cocktails and fireside chats

“There’s something about the culture of après, whether it’s cocktails or a simple beer. It’s all about working hard on the mountain, getting your workout in, and then enjoying it and talking about it with friends.” —Joe Lang, Principal, Apres Ski Cocktail Classic ASPEN’S APRÈS SKI COCKTAIL CLASSIC in March is an annual slope-side celebration […]

Winter comfort food: Where to get it

CHEESE FONDUE FRIAR TUCKS Melted swiss gruyere & emmentaler cheeses, blended with wine and spices served with french bread, apples and mushrooms. 111 N Pine St., NC FriarTucks.com COQ AU VIN MATTEO’S PUBLIC Organic chicken breast with mushrooms in a delicate red wine sauce. Served with organic jasmine rice and seasonal vegetables. 300 Commercial St., […]

Gold Rush towns: Pairing food and wine with winter sports

THOUGH MOUNTAIN RESORTS ARE appealing, some people would rather stay out of the deep snow and take easy day-trips to the slopes. In Colorado, Après Ski Denver now has a following. Here’s a locals’ secret in the Sierra foothills—historic towns such as Nevada City, Grass Valley, Auburn, Sutter Creek and Plymouth are all less congested […]

Nevada City: Festivals & Fall Foliage

NEVADA CITY IS AN IDEAL PLACE FOR VIEWING FALL COLORS, in the leafy, Victorian neighborhoods surrounding the historic downtown and just outside of downtown. “Leaf peeping” venues near town include Hirschman’s Pond, redolent of a golden pond in New England; the Deer Creek Tribute Trail, honoring the contributions of native Nisenan; Independence Trail; the wild […]

Sierra Starr’s winemaker hosts a local wine professionals roundtable

LIKE A LITERARY ROUNDTABLE, a new generation of wine professionals in our region have been meeting regularly to taste wine and share their experiences. Each month, Sierra Starr winemaker and sommelier Jackson Starr hosts a gathering at the winery’s tasting room in downtown Grass Valley. The group includes Dawn Empson, chef and head of the […]

Visit Nevada City for Fall Colors and Victorian Christmas

WHETHER IT’S FOR FALL COLORS, Halloween or Thanksgiving festivities, or Victorian Christmas, Nevada City is a perfect getaway this time of year. The Gold Rush town is famous for showcasing the red, orange and gold colored leaves of autumn. “Nevada City, a historical landmark, is an idyllic town brimming with charm,” wrote TheCultureTrip.com, recently naming it […]

Friar Tuck’s restaurant in Nevada City turns 40

Editor’s note: Friar Tucks, an iconic restaurant in our region, turns 40 this week. This is from their website: Friar Tuck’s was created by Greg Cook in the winter of 1973 as a small restaurant that was in part of the area that is now the bar. The initial investment was about $5,000. Half sawn […]

Fall Colors Getaways in Nevada City, Grass Valley and Truckee-Tahoe

WITH GRASS VALLEY AND NEVADA CITY AS A BASE, visitors can view fall colors in historic towns and along the “roads less traveled” — Hwys. 49, 174 & 20. Enjoy the splendor of fall, along with food & wine, arts & culture, history, shopping and recreation. NEVADA CITY Check into a B&B, inn or motel: […]

Wine Spectator magazine recognizes Friar Tuck’s

Friar Tuck’s Restaurant & Bar of Nevada City has received a 2013 Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator magazine. The selection is announced in the August issue of Wine Spectator as part of its 32nd annual international awards program. The magazine received submissions from restaurants in all 50 U.S. states and 75 nations around the […]

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