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Grilled Tamari-Ginger Chicken Salad with Berryessa Session Saison from Sacramento

05/25/2016 ● By David Norby

Food and beer for the season

Local Happy Hours

02/29/2012 ● By Style

We’ve scoured the area for libations you’ll love. From posh décor to vibrant nightlife scenes and casual watering holes, Happy Hour is here…

Dinner Date

06/30/2010 ● By Style

Chicken Napoleon with Cabernet Jus paired with Tenuta Sant'Antonio Scaia Rosso 2008

The Vine - Selections from Local Connoisseurs

06/30/2009 ● By Wendy Sipple

The name Craig Camp of Cornerstone Cellars kept popping up in my never-ending search for exceptional wines; constant reminders via social media like Twitter and Facebook give wineries a reach out to their customers.

The Vine

04/30/2009 ● By Super Admin

Colibri Ridge 2005 Rufou Red • I found another really nice wine that drinks like one that costs twice as much! John Alexander at Colibri Ridge Winery in Fair Play has been making fine local wines for about nine years. Located on a slight ridge up Slug Gulch Road, the spot was not chosen for the fantastic views of the Sacramento Valley, but for the perfectly rich soils. These soils produce great fruit and you can really see the quality in this 2005 Rufou Red. A Bordeaux-style wine produced from all locally grown fruit, the wine is soft and supple from the blending of the varietals. It is easy to drink now, as it is low in tannin and possesses a fantastic character that pairs well with both lighter foods such as grilled meats and steamed vegetables or with more robust fare with rich sauces and glazes. The 2005 Rufou Red is a steal at under $15, and worth the trip to the beautiful property to find it!Russell Reyes is a freelance writer and wine connoisseur. His blog is foothillwinereview.com.For more wine reviews from Local Connoisseurs, be sure to pick up this month's copy of Style - El Dorado County Foothills edition. Click on the "Get Your Copy" link on the bottom of this page for some of our newsstand locations. Or, to order a copy of this issue, please email info@sierrastyle.com, or call 916-988-9888.

The Vine

03/31/2009 ● By Super Admin

Choya Ume BlancSo what’s an “ume” (pronounced "wu-meh")? Ume is generally known as a Japanese plum, but in use for Umeshu (Ume-plum Liqueur) and Choya Ume Blanc, it is actually a green Japanese apricot. Choya is the number one producer of Ume liqueur and wine in the world, in both quantity and quality. The most popular form of ume is Umeboshi, a sour pickled fruit served with cooked rice. Choya Ume Blanc is a wonderful low-alcohol (7%), all-natural wine made from 100 percent of the finest Nanko Ume grown in Kishu (the best ume growing region), Japan. Somewhat Riesling- or perhaps Chenin Blanc-like, Ume Blanc has an exquisite aroma with ripe peach notes. It has a gentle sweetness with balanced acidity and flavors of mild citrus and peach. Serve chilled as an aperitif or dessert wine, or pair with Asian cuisine. I even use this wine to de-glaze and it yields wonderful results. Not all wine has to be grape!— Rick MindermannRick is a 30-year veteran grocer with Corti Brothers in Sacramento, personal assistant to Darrell Corti,and “The Good Taste Guy” for oodleboxtv.com.For more wine reviews from Local Connoisseurs, be sure to pick up this month's copy of FoothillStyle. Click on the "Get Your Copy" link on the bottom of this page for some of our newsstand locations. Or, to order a copy of this issue, please email info@sierrastyle.com, or call 916-988-9888.

The Vine

02/28/2009 ● By Super Admin

2005 Oakstone Reserve Barbera• The 2005 Oakstone Reserve Barbera is quite a find. Since reader feedback asked me to review wines under $15 (so many have been $30+ lately), this Barbera from Oakstone fits the bill nicely! All good wines start in the vineyard; the fruit for this wine comes from the J&J Vineyard, owned by Judy and Joel Sklar – a vineyard on Perry Creek road known for its outstanding fruit. Winemaker John Smith turns that fruit into a very soft and lush Barbera that drinks very well. Barbera can be overly acidic, but John crafts this wine to have a nice round fruitiness and balanced acid, making it a must-have with red sauce pasta! This local wine certainly stands on its own merit, winning a Silver medal at the Orange County Fair, so the price at $14 is just icing on the cake. Speaking of cake – I love to drink Barbera with a slice of chocolate cake, something everyone should try at least once! This Barbera can be found at the winery tasting room in Fair Play or at most local supermarkets.— Russell ReyesRussell is a freelance writer who hosts monthly Dolce Vino Wine University in Cameron Park.His blog is foothillwinereview.com.For more wine reviews from Local Connoisseurs, be sure to pick up this month's copy of FoothillStyle. Click on the "Get Your Copy" link on the bottom of this page for some of our newsstand locations. Or, to order a copy of this issue, please email info@sierrastyle.com, or call 916-988-9888.

The Vine

01/31/2009 ● By Super Admin

2005 Bumgarner Cabernet Sauvignon• A few winemakers in El Dorado County are determined to produce world-class Cabernet Sauvignon and Bumgarner Wines is certainly one of them. The 2005 Bumgarner Cabernet Sauvignon is an outstanding example of a soft, complex Cabernet Sauvignon. It is intense and full of dark cherry and cocoa aroma and drinks like it is much older. The tannins are smooth and the finish leaves you begging for another sip, and this classic pairs well with any choice cut of beef. The Bumgarner 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon was handmade in a very small batch, with the bottle bearing the fingerprints of the winemaker Brian Bumgarner. This easiest way to find their wines is direct from bumgarnerwines.com, as this is a brand new label. Share this find with your friends who only drink Cabernet from Napa and watch them become believers in the Sierra Foothills!— Russell ReyesRussell is a freelance writer who hosts monthly Dolce Vino Wine University in Cameron Park.His blog is foothillwinereview.com.For more wine reviews from Local Connoisseurs, be sure to pick up this month's copy of FoothillStyle. Click on the "Get Your Copy" link on the bottom of this page for some of our newsstand locations. Or, to order a copy of this issue, please email  info@sierrastyle.com, or call 916-988-9888.

The Vine

12/31/2008 ● By Super Admin

Yorba 2005 ZinfandelThe story of Yorba Wines is steeped in California history and agriculture. Blending the heritage of the old west Yorba family and the current California citrus business of the Kraemer family, Yorba Wines is producing some of the most intriguing wines coming from foothill vines. The Yorba 2005 Zinfandel shows off the outstanding Zinfandel fruit that comes from the Sierra foothills, yet it is refined and understated, not a jammy, overly fruity wine. It is well balanced with hints of blackberry and boysenberry. I found this Zinfandel to be particularly well suited for food, as it has a nice light acidity in the finish. It would be great served with some hearty winter fare such as hearty soups or rich meats and sauces. Wine maker Ken Bernards is skilled at handling the very difficult Pinot Noir, and has built a career making this fine wine. His skills translate beautifully to this lighter body Zin. The Yorba 2005 Zinfandel is certainly a must try wine, particularly if you enjoy finely crafted wines that have an unusual story!— Russell ReyesRussell is a freelance writer who hosts monthly Dolce Vino Wine University in Cameron Park.His blog is foothillwinereview.com.For more wine reviews from Local Connoisseurs, be sure to pick up this month's copy of FoothillStyle. Click on the "Get Your Copy" link on the bottom of this page for some of our newsstand locations. Or, to order a copy of this issue, please email Gloria Schroeder at gloria@sierrastyle.com, or call her at 916-988-9888 x116.

The Vine

11/30/2008 ● By Super Admin

Cedarville Cabernet SauvignonThere are a handful of foothill wineries that are determined to produce a truly extraordinary Cabernet Sauvignon rivaling those of Napa and Alexander Valley. Cedarville Vineyards located in the Fair Play appellation of El Dorado County is one of those wineries.The 2005 Cedarville Cabernet Sauvignon is a labor of love for winemakers Jonathan Lachs and Susan Marks. This Cabernet Sauvignon is rich and well constructed. The nose entices with Cabernet spice and lush blackberries. On the palette you’ll notice dark cherries and rhubarb. The fruit is condensed and explosive, but the wine is not a fruit bomb, rather it is complex and layered, finishing off with slight, creamy oak nuances. Lachs says to serve this wine with traditional holiday lamb and beef dishes that have been crusted with rock salt and pepper or a mustard-based marinade, and a potato-cheese dish, like a gratin. It also pairs well with rich cheeses like a Parrano, a cave-aged Gouda or sharp Cheddar.This wine is available at select restaurants and at the appointment-only tasting room, which is a must-stop-destination the next time you are in Fair Play.— Russell ReyesRussell is a freelance writer who hosts monthly Dolce Vino Wine University in Cameron Park.His blog is foothillwinereview.com.For more wine reviews from Local Connoisseurs, be sure to pick up this month's copy of FoothillStyle. Click on the "Get Your Copy" link on the bottom of this page for some of our newsstand locations. Or, to order a copy of this issue, please email Gloria Schroeder at gloria@sierrastyle.com, or call her at 916-988-9888 x116.

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