The Sierra Nevada foothills have been tilled since the time of the gold rush, but its thin soil allows only the heartiest grapevines to thrive. But when they grow, the grapes there produce powerful wines full of intense flavors. The staff at Auriga Wine Cellars specialize in reds, which range from the peppery, black cherry notes of their Barbera to a double-gold-award-winning shiraz-and-syrah blend aged for one year in French and American oak. They complement these robust offerings with their small-batch sparkling wine and their sangiovese, which tastes of slightly spicy raspberries and strawberries with a hint of basil, thyme, and sage. They sell their vintages by the bottle, but the shop’s wine club delivers bottles to aficionados three times a year, letting them try out new vintages or spend more frustrating evenings trying to squeeze a model ship inside them.
What began as Mike Owen's small winemaking venture in a private basement in 1981 blossomed into a full-scale commercial operation by 2000. Under the name Crystal Basin Cellars, Mike and the team have continued to rely on the principles that helped them grow: they source all their grapes from local vineyards, and work with a team of part-time but dedicated wine enthusiasts. Their efforts have won them numerous accolades at the California State Fair, including a double-gold award for Best Syrah in 2013.
Just next door to the independent winery, unassumingly housed inside a former Chevron gas station, is Crystal Basin Bistro. Warm, earth-toned interiors surround patrons with quirky design elements such as a giant metal spoon, spatula, and whisk hung from the ceiling, and an outdoor patio lets them soak up the sun or practice bald-eagle calls. Internationally influenced shared plates such as carnitas tacos, Russian cheese bread, and Asian-style pork dumplings pair with the winery's renowned private-label and bistro wines, some with names inspired by jazz-age references in pop culture. Regularly, the bistro and winery explode with live-music events such as the summer concert series. From May to October, the lawn fills with music from local and nationally recognized acts such as Laurie Morvan, Ronnie Montrose Band Remembered, and the Styx tribute band Renegade Rocks.
Although Jamba Juice is serious about using wholesome, natural ingredients, the company is a little more playful when it comes to the palate. In addition to their extensive juice menu, their commitment to simplifying healthy eating can be found throughout the Jamba Juice menu, from its Fruit and Veggie smoothies to its Artisan Flatbreads. Customers can also kick-start their days with six varieties of Energy Bowls?antioxidant-packed blends of fresh fruit, Greek yogurt or soy milk, and an assortment of dry toppings and fresh fruits like acai berries and strawberries?all made to order and packaged in a convenient portable bowl.
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Within the idyllic Garden Valley pastures gorgeously flanked by forested hills and rippling freshwater lakes, the Lacey family has created a picturesque haven for horses and their owners, offering comfortable boarding options, disease inoculations, premium grooming services, and riding lessons. The Laceys are themselves accomplished riders, carrying on the tradition of the family matriarch and original ranch owner Murrel Lacey, who held many national championships and equestrian accolades. They pass on this collective wisdom during private lessons and intensive one-week riding camps, where they and their skilled instructors introduce budding riders to a pantheon of styles?including Western Pleasure, Reining, English, and Country Pleasure?atop Sport, Friesian, and Arabian horses.
Carved into the steep, rocky terrain overlooking the American River Canyon, are thousands of vines planted by the Jodar family 27 years ago. Just across the river near Highway 50 and Camino, their tasting room offers curious visitors a little less-remote location to sample the winery's labors while enjoying views of Blakeley Lake. There, sippers can sample or purchase bottles of wine, such as the estate-grown Cabernet, Sangiovese, Zinfandel, and many more.
Wofford Acres Vineyards is a small family estate winery in the Sierra foothills near Placerville (member of the Apple Hill Growers Association). We opened the Sales Room for business in October 2003 and each year brings a new set of challenges and rewards to winery ownership. Paul Wofford is our winemaker, with 36 years in