Seventeen Placer County Wineries to Host Holiday Toy Drive and Wine Tasting Weekend

By Jocelyn Maddux The Placer County Vintners Association (PCVA) will host “Holidays in the Hills on the Placer County Wine Trail,” a charity toy drive and open-house wine-tasting weekend on December 10 and 11 from noon–5 p.m. at seventeen boutique wineries in Auburn, Newcastle, Loomis and Lincoln. Visitors will enjoy local wine, food and gifts […]

Placer Wine Trail this summer & go to Lone Buffalo

“FINE WINES, FEW SIGNS” JOKE DEDICATED fans who visit Lone Buffalo Vineyards in Auburn. Off the beaten path —just south of I-80 and at the end of a lane in the Shirland Tract area — this boutique winery is a hidden gem on the Placer County Wine Trail. Winemaker and Owner Phil Maddux has more […]

Lone Buffalo Vineyards: Where the buffalo roam

THE FOOTHILLS HERITAGE IS STEEPED IN WINEMAKING, not just gold mining. Vineyards were introduced in Placer County in 1848—the same year gold was discovered. Prohibition shut down this bigger-than-Napa wine industry in 1920. But winemaking made a comeback in the ’70s. Nowhere is the county’s recaptured heritage more visible than at Lone Buffalo Vineyards, a […]