FoodWineArt Insider: What’s new in our region?

MEZCAL AT GOLDEN ERA “Barely a month passes without a Mezcal bar opening in some American city,” The New York Times wrote in May. Now the Golden Era lounge in Nevada City has launched a new cocktail class to discuss and explore the agave-based spirit, a smokey cousin of tequila. The course is taught by […]

Watch scientists scale the world’s second largest tree, in Sequoia National Park, in winter

Meet “The President.” This tree in Sequoia National Park is 3,240 years old, 247 feet tall and 27 feet in diameter. “Stephen C. Sillett, the first Kenneth L. Fisher Chair in Redwood Forest Ecology at Humboldt State University, and his colleagues have confirmed the second-largest tree on earth above a trail junction in Sequoia National […]

“New Boomer” Economics

Call them millennials, the iGeneration or “New Boomers.” Though our region is known for attracting retirees, we think this younger generation can also help invigorate the area. The rest of us need to do our part to attract them and retain them—creating more job opportunities, for example. But we offer many attractions to “New Boomers,” […]

Sierra Adventures: Get up and go

Spring in the Sierra is a perfect time to enjoy the great outdoors before the summer crowds. Some of our favorite places include: DONNER MEMORIAL STATE PARK A new Donner Memorial State Park Visitor Center opens in June. The new visitor center will replace the existing Emigrant Trail Museum and will feature a state of […]

Sierra and foothills roadtrips in an electric car

More electric vehicles are on the road, with Northern California ranked as the top EV region. By 2022, California’s electric vehicle sales are expected to be more than double the total for the next three most popular EV states. EVs aren’t just for intercity travel. Silicon Valley-based Tesla Motors, which is building an EV battery “gigafactory” in […]

Read the Summer 2014 issue of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine

Click HERE to read a digital edition of our summer 2014 issue, now circulating.

Tioga Road at Yosemite to open May 2: earliest opening in nearly 30 years

The Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park will open for the season, Friday, May 2, 2014, at noon for all vehicular traffic. The average opening day dating back to 1980 has been May 27. The road last opened this early in 1987. The Tioga Road, bounded on both sides by State Highway 120, is the […]

Endangered species protection for Sierra frogs could impact recreational trout fishing

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Friday that three amphibians native to the Sierra Nevada will be given protections under the Endangered Species Act, and the “critical habitat” areas include some popular fishing spots in the Sierra. Examples of “critical habitats” for the yellow-legged frogs include Bucks Lake in Plumas County; Gold Lake in […]

Food, Wine & Art economics

In the introduction to our Fall 2012 issue, we wrote about we we called “Food, Wine & Art economics.” “Food, wine and art (which go hand-in-hand) are becoming a potent force in economic development in the Gold Country and Sierra,” we wrote. “They are providing economic diversity and growth.” Now others are weighing in. “Rural […]

Walt Disney’s pioneering role at Sugar Bowl

Disney’s new movie “Frozen” — a magical winter tale — is a reminder of Walt Disney’s pioneering role in helping his friend, Austrian skiing champion Hannes Schroll, open the Sugar Bowl ski area in the Sierra Nevada in the late ’30s. It is a little-remembered chapter in Disney’s life but a milestone for our region. […]