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 […]

Spring events: Amgen bike race in Tahoe, art & wine walks, Nevada City soapbox derby, tulips

Springtime Events Nevada City April 9-10, 16-17 Springtime at Ananda The annual event has become a Northern California tradition, drawing thousands of visitors to see the more than 16,000 tulips and flowering trees, set amid mountain vistas at Ananda Village near Nevada City. CrystalHermitage.org June 5 Nevada City Soapbox Derby Cars compete on creativity and […]

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 […]

Gov. Jerry Brown reads Sierra FoodWineArt magazine

I received this email from a customer of ours at Sierra FoodWineArt magazine, Michael Duarte, owner of Popie by Duarte Vineyards in Placer County: “Last night, my wife Lisa, Lisa Mann and I along with a couple other Placer County Wineries and El Dorado and Lodi wineries poured our wine for a California Travel and […]

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, […]