A new guide to the Sierra Foothills vineyards – the Mercury News
Insider’s Guide: With over 280 wineries at the foot of the Sierra – and 100 in Amador and El Dorado counties alone – it’s worth getting advice from the pros. Barbara Keck’s new book, âWineries of the Sierra Foothillsâ (Range of Light Media Group, $ 19.95), features a mix of winemaker interviews and winery recipes. The winemakers are what she calls ‘risk-takers and rule-breakers’, who plant new varieties and create distinctive blends, like G Minor from Baiocchi Wines, in the Fair Play region of El Dorado, which blend of grenache, syrah and tempranillo. Details: www.wineriesofthesierrafoothills.com
Now Open: Ser Wines and Silvertip Vineyards have just opened a Saratoga Wine Tasting Room together, joining seven other tasting destinations along or near Big Basin Way. 14527A Big Basin Way, Saratoga; www.serwinery.com and www.silvertipvineyards.com
Coming soon: Los Gatos winery, Byington Vineyard & Winery, will open a tasting room and wine bar in Los Altos in October. You can taste Bordeaux grape varieties and sister brand Tin Cross Chardonnays from Sonoma’s Alexander Valley. With a Peet’s and a Starbucks just around the corner, “we hope people will use this place as an alternative to a cafe,” says Benny Madsen, owner and resident of Los Altos, “to have meetings, chat about business or have a casual time. drink. âThere will be free Wi-Fi and, pending permits, a light wine bar menu. Madsen expects to be open weekday afternoons and weekends from 11 a.m. at 366 Main Street, www.byington.com.
Also in October, Biondivino, San Francisco’s wine store focused on Italy, will open a second location in the Town & Country Village of Palo Alto. Owner Ceri Smith is known for her stock of small production, high quality wines from all the wine regions of Italy; www.biondivino.com.
– Mary Orlin, staff member