Exploring Amador Wine Country

AMADOR COUNTY’S MICROCLIMATES are as diverse as any in California, ranging from oak-studded hillsides at 900 feet to Sierra peaks that top 9,000 feet. Besides offering a year ‘round playground—for “leaf peeping,” cycling, hiking, skiing and other activities—the county’s terroir, climate and soils are ideal for growing premium wine grapes. The majority of Amador’s 3,700 […]

Tempting Tempranillos at Lone Buffalo, Vina Castellano

TEMPRANILLO, SPAIN’S “NOBLE” GRAPE, is making a noble showing in Placer County. Two Auburn wineries, Lone Buffalo and Viña Castellano, won Silver medals at the 2011 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition for their vintages of this full-bodied red wine. Tempranillo, pronounced “tem-rah-nee-yo,” is from the Rioja region of Spain. Its name is derived from “temprano,” […]

A bounty of grapes in the Sierra Foothills for latest season

THE WINE HARVEST SEASON IS UPON US, AND MOST Sierra foothills growers are predicting a bumper crop, thanks to mild weather, a burst of summer rainfall and no frost damage. This year’s grape harvest is expected to last through mid-October, led by Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier and Tempranillo, then Syrah, Zin and Grenache, and last, Cabernet […]

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