Visit Grass Valley: A postcard-perfect Gold Rush town

NESTLED IN THE HEART OF the Sierra Foothills, Grass Valley is a postcard-perfect historic Gold Rush town. It offers a window into the past while featuring the best of the present: unique stores, wine and beer tasting, art galleries and top- notch restaurants and entertainment. The central streets are Mill and Main, anchored by the […]

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. […]

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 […]

Summer is prime time for farmers markets

SUMMER IS PRIME TIME FOR FARMERS MARKETS, in our region and all across America. The USDA’s 17th annual National Farmers Market Week is August 7-13, celebrating the role of farmers markets in local economies. The markets create local jobs; return more of their sales to the local economy than grocery stores; and provide consumers with […]

Food & Wine Festivals this summer in the Sierra Foothills and High Sierra

Here’s a sampling of food and wine festivals in our region this summer: SIERRA VINTNERS SUMMER REGIONAL WINE TRAIL JULY 16 & SEPT. 24 A premier wine tasting experience from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on scenic backroads in Nevada and Placer Counties. The trail includes wineries that are relatively near one another, reducing the driving time. […]

Things to do in Grass Valley

“VISIT CALIFORNIA” HAS A celebrity spokesman—actor Rob Lowe, who shares his love for the great outdoors, and the dining, arts and culture scene. As it turns out, Grass Valley has its own informal group of celebrity tourism ambassadors—the famous people who perform at The Center of the Arts and had a great visit. Besides performing, […]

A visitor’s guide to downtown Grass Valley

“Take the scenic route to downtown Grass Valley.” Off the beaten path, the Gold Rush-era town is a heritage travel gem. Downtown Grass Valley is livable, walkable and historic. Whether you’re shopping, dining, staying or playing, you’ll find an abundance of options. Grass Valley’s historic downtown core—about 15 walkable blocks— continues to be the community’s […]

Free Grass Valley wine tasting event on May 2 features new releases

It’s time for another Friday Wine Event in downtown Grass Valley on Friday, May 2, from 4-7p.m. All four of the winery’s downtown tasting rooms will be releasing a new wine for you to taste: •Sierra Starr will be releasing our first ever Syrah. This 2011 vintage is full of rich ripe fruit. •Smith will […]

Lucchesi tasting room opening at new, bigger location “within a few days”

Editor’s note: On September 10 we were the first to report that Lucchesi was relocating its tasting room in downtown Grass Valley. Now it’s official: “Sharing the big news! It’s true what you may have heard that we are moving our downtown Grass Valley Tasting Room to a new spot! Coming up within a few […]

Scoop: Lucchesi Winery plans to expand in downtown Grass Valley

We noticed Lucchesi Winery had placed a new sign in the window at 128 Mill Street this afternoon — formerly the Grass Valley Wine Co.— confirming plans that it plans to expand on Mill Street. The sign, an application to open a tasting room there, was drawing the attention of onlookers. For years, Lucchesi had […]

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