• Flowers’ wines blossom at PlumpJack

    Flowers’ wines blossom at PlumpJack

    By Kathryn Reed OLYMPIC VILLAGE — “The reality is God is the winemaker — and any winemaker who thinks he is hasn’t been in the industry long enough.” That’s what Sam Sebastiani of the famous Sonoma County Sebastiani family told this reporter years ago for a San Francisco Examiner story. Some would disagree and say […]

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  • Free events during annual food and wine fest

    Free events during annual food and wine fest

    The Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine Festival (Sept. 11-13) at the Village at Northstar in Truckee is offering a number of culinary events for free to celebrate September being California Wine Month. Attendees can peruse the festival’s outdoor Gourmet Marketplace and Trade Fair, which will feature epicurean goods and gifts, and the North Lake […]

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  • Regional chefs to dual during annual food and wine fest

    Regional chefs to dual during annual food and wine fest

    One of North Lake Tahoe’s most heated competitions will pit culinary comrades against each other to determine who rightfully deserves the title of Mountain Chef at the Blazing Pans Cook-Off Sept. 12. The cook-off is part of the three-day Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine Festival (Sept. 11-13) at the Village at Northstar in Truckee. […]

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  • Olive oil — El Dorado County’s latest gold rush

    Olive oil — El Dorado County’s latest gold rush

    Annette Schoonover invites patrons to “bring your own bottle,” but what she pours at the tasting bar is for dipping, not sipping. Winterhill Farms’ shop on Placerville’s Main Street represents El Dorado County’s nascent olive oil industry. Since 2000, a handful of olive orchards have been introduced into the foothills agricultural scene.  Read the full […]

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  • Farmers’ market coupons available for seniors

    Farmers’ market coupons available for seniors

    Senior farmers’ market coupons are back. Coupons are available for those older than 60 years of age and meeting income guidelines (one person household with annual income less than $20,665, or a two person household less than $27,991). Each eligible senior will receive coupons redeemable for the purchase of fresh, locally grown fruits, vegetables, cut […]

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