Food & Wine Festivals this summer and fall

HERE’S A SAMPLING OF FOOD AND WINE FESTIVALS IN OUR REGION AUTUMN FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL, SEPT. 20-22 The 34th annual Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival at Northstar California on September 20-22 is one of Northern California’s premier gourmet gatherings. Attendees enjoy three days of events, including hands-on cooking demonstrations, beer and wine […]

Fall Road Trips

“Head out on the highway, looking for adventure.” FALL IS THE TIME TO EXPLORE THE Sierra and surrounding foothills — exploring fall foliage 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 […]

Food & Wine Festivals: Sip, Savor & Stroll

Here’s a sampling of food and wine festivals in our region: AUTUMN FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL SEPT. 7-9 The 33nd Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival at Northstar California on September 7-9 is one of Northern California’s premier gourmet gatherings. Attendees enjoy three days of events, including hands-on cooking demonstrations, beer and wine tastings, […]

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 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. […]

Craft beer boom helping to revitalize Sierra Foothills

IN 1848, FRENCHMAN, CLAUDE CHANA, who discovered gold in Auburn Ravine, planted the first grape vines in the region. Besides miners, the Gold Rush brought European winemakers who established larger vineyards. In the 1860s, Placer County had more vineyards and wineries than Sonoma and Napa combined. Along with wine, the Gold Rush ushered in craft […]

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 […]

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 […]

2013-14 official Placer County Welcome Guide is being circulated

The 2013-14 official Placer County Welcome Guide is now being circulated. All told, there are 70,000 copies and a digital version. We will have many thousands distributed ahead of the Memorial Day weekend. The digital edition is here. This is an ideal collaboration between our magazine and the Placer County Visitors Bureau, Placer County Board […]

“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 […]

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