Tasting Notes

FEAST OF THE SEVEN FISHES The Feast of the Seven Fishes is an Italian tradition. It features seven courses of fish and seafood dishes on Christmas Eve — the freshest catch of the day, as well as clams, oysters, mussels, squid, shrimp and lobster, for example. Avanguardia’s Cristallo is the perfect wine for the occasion. […]

Naggiar Vineyards: Wine, food and music

A VISIT TO NAGGIAR VINEYARDS & Winery, nestled in the rolling hills between Auburn and Grass Valley, is one of the most satisfying wine country experiences. This time of year the wildflowers are in full bloom. Naggiar’s Tuscan-inspired tasting room and bistro overlook 60 acres of vineyard that produce award-winning wines. Naggiar’s warm-weather season begins […]

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 […]

Naggier: Wine, food, music and vineyard tours

A VISIT TO NAGGIAR VINEYARDS & Winery, nestled in the rolling hills between Auburn and Grass Valley, is one of the most satisfying wine country experiences. This time of year the wildflowers are in full bloom. Naggiar’s Tuscan-inspired tasting room and bistro overlook 60 acres of vineyard that produce award-winning wines. Naggiar’s warm-weather season begins […]

Sierra Starr’s Cab Franc receives more honors

Sierra Starr’s newest “Rising Star” Cabernet Franc release, for 2014, has received a 90 point score from Wine Enthusiast magazine. The wine also earned an “Editor’s Choice” award, defined as a “product at any price with unique qualities that merit special attention.” Our magazine highlighted Sierra Starr’s Cab Franc in an articled titled “Cab Franc: […]

Naggiar named “best winery” by KCRA A-List for seventh year in a row

For the seventh year in a row, Naggiar Vineyards & Winery of Grass Valley was voted “best winery” by KCRA Sacramento A-List. It is a coup for the winery and Sierra Vintners, the growing wine region in Northern California. People vote online to determine the best local businesses by popular vote. KCRA verified more than […]

Bent Metal plans to open a tasting room in downtown Grass Valley in August

In a newsletter, Bent Metal said “we will be opening a secondary tasting room in downtown Grass Valley on Mill Street sometime in August. Stay tuned for more information.” It will be the fifth winery tasting room in downtown Grass Valley. The others are Avanguardia, Lucchesi, Sierra Starr and Smith Vineyard. “Scott and Judy Brown, […]

Smith, Sierra Starr, Avanguardia, Secret Ravine, and Amador wineries among big winners in State Fair Wine Competition

Foothills wineries won major awards at the prestigious, long-running California State Fair wine competition. Smith Vineyard’s 2013 Primitivo from Nevada County was named “Best in California” and “Best of Class of Region,” and it won a Double Gold medal. Smith also won a Gold for its Cabernet Sauvignon and a Bronze for its Merlot. The […]

Bent Metal Winery’s new Adirondack chair

Philadelphia’s Harbor Park, New Jersey’s Rudgers Gardens, and the Cornerstone Wine Country Marketplace in Sonoma all have oversized Adirondack chairs that are popular with visitors. The chairs provide a little bit of color and excitement and are good for family “photo opportunities.” Now Bent Metal Winery in Grass Valley has its own oversized Adirondack, the […]

“Kitchen Cabinets”: Friends & family who advise each other in a real kitchen

“Kitchen cabinet” politics is a group of unofficial advisers to a political leader—often more influential than the official cabinet. President Reagan’s “kitchen cabinet” included trusted old friends, as did the group assembled by Andrew Jackson in 1829. Next year, our new President will form his or her own “kitchen cabinet.” The same is true when […]

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