Placer Vintners win 46 medals in Chronicle wine competition

The largest competition of American wines in the world names the best of the best. With 7,164 entries this year, the final results are in and Placer County’s vintners hauled in 46 medals including 12 bronze, 25 silver, 6 gold, one double gold and two best of class awards. Congratulations to all the winners and […]

Naggiar: “Double Gold” medals, winter food & wine events

“AMERICA’S FAVORITE RESTAURANT,” says Open Table, “is at a winery.” St. Francis Winery in Sonoma recently was named the county’s favorite restaurant by the online reservations service, beating out The French Laundry in Napa and others. The honor underscores the growing influence of destination wineries that provide exquisite food-and-wine pairings, remarkable views and stylish tasting […]

Open Table’s top-rated U.S. restaurant is at a California winery (video)

Open Table’s top-rated restaurant in America is at a Northern California winery: St. Francis Winery and Vineyards in Sonoma. This week’s award, based on reviews by foodie-oriented diners, underscores the growing popularity of pairing fresh, locally produced food with wine at wineries. In the Sierra Foothills, examples include Naggiar Vineyards in Grass Valley and Wise […]

Placer wineries’ 4th annual Holidays in the Hills is December 14-15

Experience collaborative open-house style wine tours hosted by the Placer County Vintners Association and the Placer County Wine Trail members. Meet winemakers, wine grape growers and other wine enthusiasts while tasting award-winning artisan wines in the down-to- earth atmosphere of the Sierra Foothills. Admission is Free with Toy Donation: Start your tour at any participating […]

Wise Villa Winery: A destination in Lincoln

HISTORIC LINCOLN IN SOUTH PLACER COUNTY is well worth a visit, for shopping, dining, recreation and wine tasting. It is home to Gladding McBean, which still provides its signature clay tiles to Stanford University; championship golf courses, such as Lincoln Hills; and Thunder Valley Casino Resort, a AAA Four Diamond award-winning casino and resort. Last […]

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 […]