Wines for the Holidays

  Pair your holiday menus with these bottles of wines from the Sierra Foothills: SPARKLING WINES Avanguardia L’edonista “The Hedonist” is redolent of established high-end brands, many of them from California subsidiaries of famous European houses (Roederer, Mumm, and Gloria Ferrer) and with some of the best domestic wines (Schramsberg). Pilot Peak Sparkling Cuvée Pear […]

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 […]

Sierra Starr wine featured at Sacramento’s Farm-to-Fork celebration this weekend

Sierra Starr’s award-winning 2017 Sauvignon Blanc will be poured at a meet-and-greet with Chef Jeremiah Tower this afternoon in Sacramento, we have learned. It is a coup for Sierra Vintners winemakers. The gathering at the Sawyer Hotel is part of the popular Farm-to-Fork Celebration in Sacramento, which includes the Tower Bridge Dinner, Farm-to-Fork Festival, and […]

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 — […]

A New Year for wine: Trends that will shape 2018

Five wine predictions for the New Year: CAB FRANC WILL GROW “Cabernet Franc is taking root in California,” according to Uncorkd.biz. “California wine makers have put their own spin on Cab Franc, with wines that boast flavors of big, ripe fruit. Cab Franc is primed to grow in popularity as wine drinkers honor California and […]

Events Calendar: Jan.-March 2018

Tahoe-Truckee Feb. 2 Art of Marshmology and S’mores Daily, 4:30-5 p.m. The Ritz Carlton, Lake Tahoe Feb. 4 Art of Mixology Sundays, 4-5 p.m. The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe March 1-11 North Lake Tahoe SnowFest North Lake Tahoe celebrates its long winter season with SnowFest, a 10-day event. TahoeSnowFest.org April 6-8 WinterWonderGrass Festival Music, brews and […]

Tasting Notes: Naggiar, Smith, Nevada City Winery and Sierra Starr

NAGGIAR: WINE, MUSIC AND VINEYARD TOURS The winery’s new releases include a 2016 Viognier; 2016 Rosé, 2015 Root 49 (a blend of tempranillo, grenache and mourvèdre), a 2014 Sangiovese (a gold medal winner at the 2017 Pacific Rim wine competition), and a 2014 Petit Verdot. Naggiar’s Winefest concerts continue July 29 with a Steely Dan […]

Sip, Savor & Stroll at Food & Wine Festivals

Here’s a sampling of food and wine festivals in our region: AUTUMN FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL, SEPT. 8-10 The 32nd Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival at Northstar California on September 8-10 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 trails on May 20, July 15 and September 23

THE FOOTHILLS HAVE SOME exceptional wine trail experiences on “roads less traveled”: “Grape Days of Summer” in Placer County, “Drink Pink” and “Big Crush” in Amador County, and “Passport” in El Dorado County, among others. Sierra Vintners, which includes wineries in Placer and Nevada Counties, is offering three regional wine trail experiences in 2017—in May, […]

Foothill wineries win “double gold,” “best of class” and other top honors at State Fair wine competition

FOOTHILL WINERIES EARNED numerous awards in the 2017 California State Fair wine tasting competition. Winners included Andis Wines, Avanguardia, Cooper Vineyards, Montoliva Vineyard & Winery, Naggiar Vineyards, Nevada City Winery, Sierra Starr Vineyard and Szabo Vineyards. Andis won a “Best of California” for its 2013 Painted Fields red blend; Avanguardia won a “Best of Class […]

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