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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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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...

Finding Our Way Now
Layer Cake Primitivo-Zinfandel: #Wine

This wine was recommended to me a while back by Jeannine, one of my readers. It was very easy to find and the wine buyer that I talked to highly recommended it. Layer Cake Winery & Wines have an interesting history. Jayson Woodbridge, owner and master winemaker of Layer Cake & Hundred...

Sierra FoodWineArt Magazine
The Snowball Express

The Snowball Express

IN THE 1930S, VISITORS TRAVELED from the Bay Area and Sacramento to Truckee on Southern Pacific railroad’s “Snowball Express.” Now our magazine calls the internet the “Snowball Express”—to spread the word about our region’s burgeoning food, wine and beer, and music and arts scene, with a “snowballing effect.” This is one reason we also have...

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Cloudline Cellars Pinot Noir: #Wine

It was an evening that was well overdue. We had finally scheduled dinner with our friends. We made it a point of going to a new restaurant neither of us had experienced before. It was an adventure. In making our wine selection we settled on a new wine called Cloudline Cellars Pinot Noir. When...

Crazy for Crust
Single Serve Sangria for one

Apr 4, 2015
Single Serve Sangria for one

Happy Saturday, my friends! It’s the weekend…which means it’s cocktail time. (Or is that just me?) I think every Saturday should be Sangria Saturday, don’t you? The warmer weather that we’ve been experiencing in it-never-rains California is making me want sangria. I’ve been dreaming of summer barbecue, pool parties, and lots of sangria. And then...

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Irish Coffee With Honey: #Recipe #Cocktail

-+*It may be after St. Patrick’s Day, however, there is always space for a fun celebratory beverage like this “Irish Coffee With Honey.” I found this recipe at my favorite grocery store, way before St. Patrick’s Day. I asked the wine/beverage manager about it. He couldn’t say enough about this particular recipe and gave me a few...

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LangeTwins Winery and Vineyards Pinot Noir #Wine

-+*I love finding good quality local wineries and their wines. A friend and wine buyer recommended I try a bottle or two of LangeTwins Winery and Vineyards Estate Grown Pinot Noir. I’ve always been a fan of a good Pinot Noir. My freind’s recommendation was very much appreciated. Once I tried it, I agreed, it was indeed a...

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