Tickets are on sale now for the third annual North Sierra Wine Trail, two days of tastings and other wine- and food-related experiences April 25 and 26 in the Yuba foothills.
A dozen wineries plus some area restaurants and retailers will take part in this special event. Advance tickets are $20, available online at www.northsierrawinetrail.com; tickets are $25 on tour days at the wineries.
A self-guided tour, the wine trail adventure starts with a commemorative wine glass at the participating winery of your choice. Along with the official “passport,” that glass is your ticket to tastings (plus complimentary appetizers or other food) at wineries from Oregon House to Oroville.
“You can spend two days drinking wine for the price of that one commemorative glass,” said Steven Dambeck of Yuba Harvest tasting room, cafe and market in Oregon House. “It’s really quite a deal.”
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Located at 9222 Marysville Road in Oregon House, Yuba Harvest will be pouring wines from all the participating wineries, Dambeck said. Patrons also can sample olive oil and other Yuba-grown products. In addition, Yuba Harvest will host an Argentine asado barbecue at 6 p.m.; reservations are suggested. Call (530) 418-8240.
Among the other stops on the wine trail are: Renaissance Vineyard and Winery, Grant-Eddie Winery, Clos Saron, Lucero Vineyards and Winery, Bangor Ranch Vineyards and Winery, Grey Fox Vineyards, Hickman Family Vineyards, Long Creek Winery and Ranch, Quilici Vineyards, Spencer Shirey Vineyard and Purple Line Urban Winery.
It’s a rare opportunity for the public to sample many of these wines and explore the Yuba wine region, Dambeck said. Several of these wineries are usually open only by appointment.
Their grapes grow in the northern extreme of the Sierra Foothills wine appellation, which stretches across eight counties. The appellation sub-regions of California Shenandoah Valley or El Dorado may be better known, Dambeck noted, but the North Yuba area is gaining notoriety, too.
“Part of what makes this region interesting is the difference in terroir,” he said. “Bangor is at 500 feet (elevation); Oregon House is at 1,700 feet. That’s a huge difference in growing conditions. In our area (Oregon House), on the west-facing slopes, the cabernets are magnificent. On the east-facing slopes, the Cotes du Rhone wines — syrah, grenache, mourvedre, viognier — all do really well.
“The Oregon House wineries such as Renaissance are known for their cabs and syrah while the wineries near Bangor produce good petite syrah, malbec, barbera and chardonnay,” Damback added. “There’s a lot to like.
“What we’re hoping is that more people from Sacramento will come north to discover us,” he added. “This is a great opportunity; the North Sierra Wine Trail happens once a year. And we’re only an hour away.”
Call The Bee’s Debbie Arrington, (916) 321-1075. Follow her on Twitter @debarrington.