Sierra Vintners Wine Trail on May 19

THE FOOTHILLS HAVE SOME EXCEPTIONAL wine trail experiences on “roads less traveled”: Grape Days of Summer in Placer County, the Amador Four Fires Festival in Amador County, and Passport in El Dorado County, among others. Sierra Vintners, which includes wineries in Placer and Nevada Counties, is offering two regional wine trail experiences in 2018 — […]

Food & wine pairings for Foothills Celebration in Grass Valley on Saturday, March 1

Click for larger image of map: The Foothills Celebration in Grass Valley on Saturday, March 1, is one of the region’s premier wine and food pairing events. Spend the afternoon, from 1-4 p.m., strolling the shops and sites of historic downtown Grass Valley. Tickets are $45. The ticket includes unlimited wine tasting from foothill wineries […]

Placer wineries’ 4th annual Holidays in the Hills is December 14-15

Experience collaborative open-house style wine tours hosted by the Placer County Vintners Association and the Placer County Wine Trail members. Meet winemakers, wine grape growers and other wine enthusiasts while tasting award-winning artisan wines in the down-to- earth atmosphere of the Sierra Foothills. Admission is Free with Toy Donation: Start your tour at any participating […]

Harvest is “definitely here” at Sierra Foothill wineries

The harvest is underway at Sierra Foothill wineries, with signs that yields may be average to high with good quality, we’re happy to report. Harvest at Naggiar began in the middle of the night on Thursday with its Viognier from block 16, the Grass Valley winery reported. “So starting under the lights at 3 a.m. […]

“New Gold Rush”: How chefs, farmers, winemakers & artists are resettling the Sierra Foothills

A new generation of chefs, farmers, winemakers and artists are resettling the region. They are adding new energy and sophisticated offerings for today’s travelers while honoring the region’s rich history. The foothills’ relaxed lifestyle, Mediterranean-like climate and stunning beauty is prompting them to open wineries; restaurants with fresh, local cuisine; and local art galleries. This […]

Wineries win in S.F. competition

FOOTHILLS WINERIES FARED WELL in this year’s San Francisco Chronicle wine competition. The Nevada County wineries, also known as Sierra Vintners, that won medals included Avanguardia Wines, Lucchesi Vineyards, Montoliva Vineyard, Naggiar Vineyards and Pilot Peak Winery. Montoliva won “best of class” for its 2008 Sierra Bella. “Now try to tell me this isn’t the […]

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 […]

Placer County wineries win 20 awards

Here’s a press release from the Placer County wineries: Placer County Wineries Win 20 Awards at SF Chronicle Wine Competition Placer County Wins Big for Big Wines at America’s Largest Wine Competition (Auburn, CA) – It’s another big award-wining start to 2011 for Placer County wineries. To the delight of local vintners and wine enthusiasts, […]

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 […]