Tuscan-inspired Montoliva Winery more than doubling its vineyard

SOME OF THE ORIGINAL SETTLERS OF CHICAGO Park, a bucolic hamlet nestled between Colfax and Grass Valley, were first generation German- and Italian-Americans who came from Chicago in the mid-1800s to reconnect with their agrarian roots. The area became famous for its stone fruit, wine grapes and other fruit. In 1915, pears from a Chicago […]

Wine tasting in Grass Valley

VISIT GRASS VALLEY’S DOWNTOWN tasting rooms, where you can sip award-winning wine in restored Gold Rush-era buildings. You also can visit destination wineries throughout the foothills. AVANGUARDIA WINES Taste wine on the cutting edge of the blending craft in an historic building. Italian, French, Georgian and California grape varieties, all grown in an estate vineyard. […]

Food & wine pairings for Foothills Celebration in Grass Valley on Saturday, March 1

Click for larger image of map: The Foothills Celebration in Grass Valley on Saturday, March 1, is one of the region’s premier wine and food pairing events. Spend the afternoon, from 1-4 p.m., strolling the shops and sites of historic downtown Grass Valley. Tickets are $45. The ticket includes unlimited wine tasting from foothill wineries […]

Tasting notes: Wine tasting in Grass Valley, Fawnridge and Van Howd and more

FOOTHILLS CELEBRATION The Foothills Celebration in Grass Valley on Saturday, March 1, is one of the region’s premier wine and food pairing events. Spend the afternoon, from 1-4 p.m., strolling the shops and sites of historic downtown Grass Valley. Tickets are $35 until February 22 and $45 afterward. The ticket includes unlimited wine tasting from […]

Tasting Notes: Sierra Starr, Montoliva, Solune, Bent Metal and Avanguardia

WINE & MUSIC AT SIERRA STARR Sierra Starr’s downtown Grass Valley tasting room is now open Friday evenings until 8 p.m., often with live music. Stop by for a flight, a glass or a bottle. Starting this spring, Sierra Starr began selling wine at New Earth Market in Yuba City, along with existing locations. WINE […]

Community Canvas, Pilot Peak host “Paint & Pour” art classes

“WINE AND ART GO TOGETHER because both are about enjoyment of life,” says Jean-Pierre Got, the celebrated wine poster artist from Southern France. In the Napa Valley, the Robert Mondavi winery is well known for its impressive collection of sculptures and paintings. The foothills is becoming known for its own innovative art and wine pairings […]

A summer tart recipe to pair with a light wine

A summer tart recipe from the San Francisco Chronicle. Pair with a glass of Solune’s off-dry 2007 Fleur de Lune, a sumptuous blend of Gewurztraminer and Muscat.   Solune Winery’s own Andrea Hamer here is a tried and true tart recipe for a beautiful ending to summer meal. “Andrea particularly likes how the crust is pressed rather than rolled into […]

Solune Winegrowers: “Distinctive wines” from the foothills

SOLUNE WINEGROWERS combines the French words for sun (soleil) and moon (lune) to convey the premium grape growing climate in the Sierra foothills. The name also reflects the roots of winemaker and co- owner Jacques Mercier, who grew up in Quebec, Canada, and now is a regular international wine tasting judge (his most recent was […]

Grass Valley Wine Co: Four wineries come together

THE HISTORIC UNION BUILDING IN DOWNTOWN Grass Valley, which once housed a newspaper, has been restored to an inviting setting for tasting wine, sampling hors d’oeuvres and listening to music. At the new Grass Valley Wine Co., you can drink wine from four local wineries—Bent Metal, Montoliva, Pilot Peak and Solune (learn about them on […]

FoodWineArt magazine and Grass Valley Wine Co. on KCRA TV in Sacramento

The latest issue of our magazine, Sierra FoodWineArt, was shown on KCRA television in Sacramento last night, as part of a news feature on the new Grass Valley Wine Co. The new downtown wine venture — featuring Bent Metal, Montoliva, Pilot Peak and Solune wineries — is on the cover of the summer issue. The […]

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