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Wine Wednesday: Consumer Wine Awards Tasting

Wine Wednesday: Consumer Wine Awards Tasting

I’m definitely not the wine drinker that can discern a bottle of 88-point wine from one that is far off the radar of any wine rating agency, but I definitely do know what I like and don’t like. And that’s how I found myself sitting in a large convention hall staring at glasses of...

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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...

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TAPAS Tempranillo Tasting is April 26, 2015 at the Presidio, San Francisco!

Mar 12, 2015
TAPAS Tempranillo Tasting is April 26, 2015 at the Presidio, San Francisco!

If you like wine at all (especially wines made in a Spanish style), don’t miss this event: TAPAS is pleased to announce the most extensive tasting of domestically produced Tempranillos and other Iberian varietal wines. Join nearly 40 TAPAS member vintners for the 8th annual Grand Wine Tasting held at the Golden Gate Club at...

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Exploring Russian River Wineries and a Stay at the Applewood Inn

Feb 8, 2015
Exploring Russian River Wineries and a Stay at the Applewood Inn

Believe it or not, the winter season is the perfect time to enjoy a small getaway in a lesser-known/celebrated part of Wine Country. Andy and I just returned from a trip to the Russian River area and were hosted by a lovely place called the Applewood Inn. The Applewood Inn is a lavishly restored...

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Sierra Foothills and Truckee wineries score in 2015 S.F. Chronicle tasting competition

Sierra Foothills and Truckee wineries score in 2015 S.F. Chronicle tasting competition

After receiving a record 6,417 entries from more than 25 states, the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, recognized as the largest competition of American wines, this weekend announced its winners. Here are some winning wineries in the Sierra Foothills and Truckee. The full list of winners is here: Avanguardia Wines: Premiato, silver Due Fiori, bronze Bear River Winery: Barbera...

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12 Days of Christmas Picks for the Food and Wine Lover: Josh Cellars Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon Duo

Dec 23, 2014
12 Days of Christmas Picks for the Food and Wine Lover: Josh Cellars Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon Duo

It’s day ten of my 12 Days of Christmas Picks for the Food and Wine Lover and today’s pick comes from Josh Cellars. It’s their duo of Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon. These are inexpensive to mid-priced wines, and a great gift for your boss, co-worker or neighbor. They are also wise choices to...

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National Pizza Month Concludes with Chicago Fire’s Gluten Free Pizza

Nov 2, 2014
National Pizza Month Concludes with Chicago Fire’s Gluten Free Pizza

Our last yummy stop for National Pizza Month was Chicago Fire in Midtown Sacramento. Andy and I were excited to work with Chicago Fire because it’s so close to home and we had actually been there before a few times (thanks to a $100 gift card that I won at a Christmas party my...

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