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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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Farm to Fork Wine Dinner Series: Piatti Presents Matchbook Wines, Spectacular from Beginning to End!

Oct 29, 2014
Farm to Fork Wine Dinner Series: Piatti Presents Matchbook Wines, Spectacular from Beginning to End!

If you missed Piatti’s last wine dinner for the year featuring Matchbook Wines, I feel really bad for you! It was even more than I thought it would be––even though I knew it would be amazing. Piatti is one of my long time advertisers, and I have always been a fan of their food,...

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Sparkling wine is becoming an everyday wine

Sparkling wine is becoming an everyday wine

LIKE MANY OF YOU, OUR PARENTS USED to reserve sparkling wine and champagne for special occasions—Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Eve and big events. But younger people are embracing sparklers as more of an everyday wine and drinking it year-round. On a trip to Italy this summer, we noticed scores of younger people drinking Prosecco, Italy’s...

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Vintners predict quality wines from grape harvest

Vintners predict quality wines from grape harvest

THIS YEAR’S WINE GRAPE HARVEST began early. Deploying little more than a pair of well-sharpened shears, the vintners, laborers and volunteers fanned out into the vine- yard, hand harvested the grapes, put them in bins (or lugs) and hauled them off to the winery on a big tractor. The freshly picked grapes were sorted for...

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National Pizza Month: ZPizza’s Gluten Free Takeout–Hasty and Tasty!

Oct 12, 2014
National Pizza Month: ZPizza’s Gluten Free Takeout–Hasty and Tasty!

So picture this: I work in Roseville (as a graphic designer/life saver) from 8:30am-5pm, and last Wednesday Andy and I have to be at a Kings Pre-season game by 7:00pm. Factor in a 30 minute commute time, and 10-15 minutes to get to the game from my house, and there’s pretty much NO TIME...

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Sierra Starr Winery hosts a harvest party on September 20

Sierra Starr Winery hosts a harvest party on September 20

Sierra Starr Vineyard and Winery is hosting a Harvest Party open house and wine-club pick up on September 20 as its wine-grape harvest gets fully underway. Visit the Grass Valley winery and see how Sierra Starr’s highly acclaimed wines are made. “See the sights, smell the amazing smells and maybe participate in the winemaking...

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How to make the most of your wine festival experience

Regardless of whether you’re a wine connoisseur or just entering the scene, a wine festival is a great way to expand your knowledge of wines. OK, who are we kidding?  It’s a great way to TASTE a wide variety of wines without driving all over the place.

This simple guide covers everything from how to...

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