Hotels & Wineries Double as Art Galleries

Grass Valley Courtyard Suites is becoming an “art hotel.” Embracing the recent state Cultural District designation, the owners plan to display local artwork throughout the hotel, including at its 1,300-square- foot event center. Each month, the hotel will feature a different artist or collaboration of artists. It also will host artist receptions. “We’re thrilled to […]

Meet the Rainmakers: People who are bolstering our food, wine & art economy

Our small towns are thriving, thanks to some innovative entrepreneurs, chefs, winery owners, arts leaders and dealmakers. JORDAN FIFE The ebullient hotelier is helping to revitalize the National Hotel in Nevada City and The Holbrooke in Grass Valley — two of our region’s most historic hotels. “We are excited to be entrusted with the restoration […]

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. […]

What’s in Season

Fall is our favorite time of year to enjoy the local bounty, artisan foods and seasonal dishes. Some examples: LOCAL APPLES Crisp, sweet and refreshing, the apple is redolent of the fall season. In our region, we enjoy visiting Bierwagen’s in Chicago Park and Machado Orchards in Auburn. Bierwagen’s grows heritage Arkansas Black apples. Machado’s […]

Nevada City Winery features Taylor Wordell’s artwork in August

A show featuring local artist Taylor Wordell — “A Place, A Home” —runs the month of August at the Nevada City Winery art gallery. An opening reception is Friday, August 3, from 5-9 p.m. during the First Friday Art Walk. Taylor Wordell grew up in Nevada City. Growing up in the mountains, she spent much of her […]

Tasting Notes: Nevada City Winery, Sierra Starr, Pilot Peak and Montoliva

NEVADA CITY WINERY’S WINE DOWN WEDNESDAY The winery presents Wine Down Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. Visit during happy hour between 5-6 p.m. to get $1 off glasses of wine. Enjoy a glass of wine, Wheyward Girl Creamery cheese plate and live music. The winery will host “Conservations with a Winemaker” on Friday, August 24 during […]

Nevada City Uncorked on August 25: Wine, Food & Historic Flavor

NEVADA CITY’S VICTORIAN ELEGANCE presents the perfect backdrop to showcase Nevada City Uncorked, an annual celebration of wine and food, on August 25. Uncorked is a sip-and-stroll event that includes 17 venues featuring local food purveyors and wineries. Each venue, whether it’s a historic location, winery, art gallery, inn, restaurant, shop, or secret hide-away, includes […]

Twelve 28 Kitchen: “Eat. Smile. Repeat.”

“YOU DON’T HAVE TO TRAVEL TO New York or San Francisco for first-rate food,” as The Wall Street Journal concluded recently in a front-page feature. “We are one great restaurant nation.” America’s culinary frontier is expanding to small towns for multiple reasons. This includes often prohibitive restaurant startup costs in big cities; a growing foodie […]

Local Pride

WE RECENTLY ENJOYED A “STAYCATION” in Sacramento, spending a few days at the new Kimpton Sawyer Hotel next to the gleaming Golden 1 Center. Our room had a picture-perfect view of the iconic Tower Bridge, home of the annual Tower Bridge Dinner on September 30. And as if on cue, The New York Times published […]

Tasting Notes: Sierra Starr, Montoliva and Sierra Knolls

FOOD, WINE & MUSIC AT SIERRA KNOLLS The winery has a new commercial kitchen, and it is offering cheese plates, desserts and small bites to pair with its wines. The winery has a new release called Afternoon Delight, a white wine blend with a tropical nose. Sierra Knolls will continue to offer pizza from its […]

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