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 […]

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 […]

Nevada County wine tours

SIERRA VINTNERS is in Nevada County, halfway between Sacramento and Reno, with easy access off Interstate 80. The 15 wineries and 10 tasting rooms are located throughout the Sierra foothills and within the towns of Grass Valley and Nevada City. Sierra Vintners produces an unusually wide variety of vines, boasting over 45 planted varietals, ranging […]

Best food and wine tasting road trips around Truckee, Donner Summit, Auburn and Grass Valley

“Head out on the highway, looking for adventure.” Summer is the time to explore the Sierra and surrounding foothills in all its glory. The open road, in your car, convertible, RV or motorcycle, is the best way to experience it. The journeys feature beautiful and historic places, including the shores of Lake Tahoe on Highway […]

Nevada County wineries praised in S.F. Chronicle tasting contest

NEVADA COUNTY WINERIES WERE BIG WINNERS in the S.F. Chronicle’s annual wine tasting contest, one of the most prestigious regional contests. The winning wineries included Avanguardia, Indian Springs, Lucchesi, Montoliva, Naggiar, Pilot Peak, Sierra Starr, Smith, Solune and Szabo. Pilot Peak won the prestigious “Best of Class: Judge’s Choice” award for its port. A list […]