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Wednesday, 13 December 2017 18:01

Kautz Family Golden

by Bob Highfill

The 44-pound Crown Jewel at Ironstone Family Vineyards is the largest piece of crystallized gold in existence today.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017 23:48

Big Crush 2017

By Dan Clarke

When I first started visiting the Shenandoah Valley of California, there were wineries, but not nearly so many.

Thursday, 05 October 2017 18:12

A Visit to the Niello Concours d'Elegance

By Dan Clarke

Music was playing as I walked onto the lawn. It wasn’t a live band, but the sound system was good enough that I couldn’t be sure.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017 23:47

The Old West Returns to Mariposa

TASTE News Service, September 27, 2017 - One of the best preserved and well-known Gold Rush towns in the Sierra Nevadas is gearing up for its annual festival, celebrating the life, times, music and food of their pioneer founders.

Monday, 22 May 2017 01:09

Four Fires Draws Wine Buffs

By Michael Eady

May 6th was the third edition of Amador Four Fires.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017 16:04

Ten Winter Options in Gold Country

TASTE News Service, January 19, 2017 - The forecast for this time of year is wet weather, and while California always needs it, it's not always a welcome sight for visitors who have planned a trip to the Gold Country area along Highway 49.

By Darrell Corti

This 2015 Amador County Zinfandel is a commemorative wine.

It commemorates the 1965 Amador County Zinfandel made as a home wine that, in 1968, convinced Bob Trinchero of Sutter Home Winery in Napa Valley to begin buying Amador County grapes. A lot has happened in the last fifty years.

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TASTE News Service, October 5, 2016 – The wine industry has lost a luminary with the passing of noted author, writer, teacher and tireless advocate of all things vinous, Bruce Cass. Cass died of natural causes at his home in the Sierra Foothills on September 20, 2016. Achieving national acclaim as co-author of The Oxford Companion to the Wines of North America published in 2000, Bruce was a perpetual student and an unforgettable teacher. He reveled in the exploration of Californian terroir in recent years, taking his motorcycle on the backroads and byways of the various American Viticultural Areas.

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TASTE News Service, September 15, 2016 – A barrel full of premium wine bottles are up for grabs at the 4th annual Wine Barrel Open, set for November 3, 2016, at Greenhorn Creek Resort, located in the heart of California's gold country in Angels Camp.

Sunday, 14 August 2016 18:54

Five Historic Sierra Gold Mines

Columbia Stage Coach PicmonkeyArrival of stage coach gives that gold rush feel to Columbia

By Alyssa Green

The Sacramento area is rich with history as its beginnings sprang up from the onset of the California gold rush.

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