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Sierra Vintners’ three wine trails for as little as $18 each: May 16, July 18 and Sept. 26

Sierra Vintners’ three wine trails for as little as $18 each:  May 16, July 18 and Sept. 26

THE FOOTHILLS HAVE SOME ENJOYABLE wine trail experiences on “roads less traveled”: “Grape Days of Summer” in Placer County; “Passport” in El Dorado County; and “Big Crush” in Amador County, among others. Now Sierra Vintners, which includes wineries in Placer and Nevada Counties, has come up with an innovative plan: three regional wine trail experiences in...

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Naggiar Vineyards’ Winefest: food, wine & music starts this spring

Naggiar Vineyards’ Winefest: food, wine & music starts this spring

THE FOOTHILLS HAVE SOME SPLENDID destination wineries: Viña Castellano in Auburn with a stone wine cave amid the 40-year-old Mendez Family Ranch; Wise Villa Winery in Lincoln with a bistro and tasting room set amid a 14-acre vineyard; Bent Metal in Grass Valley with sweeping views of the Sierra from comfortable Adirondack chairs; and Pilot...

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Stella Culinary: cooking classes, lunch-lectures and dinner parties for spring

Stella Culinary: cooking classes, lunch-lectures and dinner parties for spring

After five years of operation, Stella Restaurant, part of The Cedar House Sport Hotel in Truckee, is moving in a new direction, as we report in our spring issue. Under Executive Chef Jacob Burton, Stella Culinary is taking over the kitchen and offering hands-on cooking classes, underground dinner parties for the general public and...

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Coffee’s third wave: First Folgers, then Peet’s, now Temple and others

Coffee’s third wave: First Folgers, then Peet’s, now Temple and others

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA INGENUITY HAS helped give rise to America’s coffee culture, now a booming $30-billion-a-year industry. More than 60 percent of Americans say they drink coffee, totaling 400 million cups per day. Coffeehouses and cafes now surpass fast-food restaurants in their growth. The first wave of coffee began in the Gold Rush-era when Folgers Coffee...

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Finding the perfect cup of coffee in Grass Valley, Nevada City and Truckee-Tahoe

Finding the perfect cup of coffee in Grass Valley, Nevada City and Truckee-Tahoe

SPECIALTY COFFEE ROASTERS, RETAILERS and coffeehouses are booming in the foothills and Sierra, enhancing our culinary scene, creating new community gathering places and bolstering the region’s economy. Coffeehouses in Grass Valley and Nevada City sell award-winning “third wave” Temple Coffee from Sacramento. On the ski slopes of Northstar at the Ritz Carlton Lake Tahoe, Café...

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Bonnie Raitt, Janis Ian and other stars performing in Grass Valley

Bonnie Raitt, Janis Ian and other stars performing in Grass Valley

ROCK IMPRESARIO BILL GRAHAM HELPED SPARK A musical renaissance in the ’60s in Northern California. The Fillmore and Winterland Arena in San Francisco helped incubate musical talent from the Grateful Dead to Jefferson Airplane. The foothills felt the impact. In the ’80s, the Grateful Dead performed at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. “What a pretty venue, framed...

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Sierra Stages’ new season includes Broadway hit The Producers

Sierra Stages’ new season includes Broadway hit The Producers

Nevada County theaters are going to be bursting with song and laughter in the new year. Christopher Durang’s comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan’s musical The Producers, and William Finn and James Lapine’s musical Falsettos make up the three award-winning plays and musicals in Sierra Stages’ seventh...

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Art by local artists: Art Works Gallery and Artists’ Studio in the Foothills

Apr 12, 2015
Art by local artists: Art Works Gallery and Artists’ Studio in the Foothills

Art Works Gallery Five New Artists have joined Art Works Gallery, a co-op of more than 30 Nevada County artists in historic Grass Valley. Lisa Marie Kindley is a tapestry artist who paints directly on unstretched canvases, which are hung from a decorative rod. Lisa uses soft hues, layered textures and ornamental themes giving her work...

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SIP multi-winery tasting room in Auburn

Apr 12, 2015
SIP multi-winery tasting room in Auburn

AUBURN HAS BECOME a sought after food and wine destination, thanks to Culinary Institute of America-trained chefs at Carpe Vino and Bootlegger’s, former San Francisco restaurateurs such as Jim Bril of Monkey Cat and award-winning wines, such as Viña Castellano’s Tempranillo. The winery won a prestigious “Best of Class” honor in the San Francisco...

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Tasting notes: Nevada City Winery sparkler, Naggiar’s golds and Katoa Cellars startup

Tasting notes: Nevada City Winery sparkler, Naggiar’s golds and Katoa Cellars startup

NEVADA CITY WINERY SPARKLER Sparkling wine is becoming an everyday wine. In the foothills, Sierra Starr Vineyard & Winery, Sierra Knolls Winery and Pilot Peak Winery offer sparkling wines, among others. Now Nevada City Winery has released two sparkling wines: Blanc de Blancs and Brut. The Blanc de Blancs is a Chardonnay sparkling wine with...

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