Our favorite time of year in Amador Wine Country.

WRITTEN BY JACK GORMAN

Photos courtesy of Amador Vintners Association

Winter provides a bit of a lull for those of us in the wine industry. Vines fall into a dormant state, conserving energy and resources for the long winter days. Cellar workers quietly monitor the precious nectar of the gods they put into barrels after last year’s harvest. The air is still and quiet, and many winemakers and grape growers, like their vines, use the time to recharge in preparation for the upcoming growing season.

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Amador County grapevines taking a winter break

 

Read more: A look Behind the Cellar Door

Throw your diets out the window – at least through Jan. 21 – because Dine Downtown is back!

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Sacramento’s favorite culinary celebration returns for its 13th year with more than 30 of Downtown and Midtown’s top restaurants offering special 3-course menus for just $35.

Read more: Dine Downtown Restaurant Week is Back!

Written by Steph Rodriguez

Cozy up with a hot toddy

Mad King Charles Hot Toddy

Karina Martinez’ original, award-winning recipe, the Mad King Charles, served to judges at the 2012 Hot Toddy Competition at Golden Bear where she took No. 1. Photo courtesy of Karina Martinez

A seasonal adult beverage that warms the bones and comforts the soul is the classic hot toddy. Designed to take away the aches of the cold season, this traditional beverage dates as far back as the 17th century when liquor, water, herbs, and spices were combined and served hot.

 

Read more: ’Tis the Season for Imbibing

Written by Naomi Jimison
Photos courtesy of Dry Diggings Distillery

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Dry Diggings is an El Dorado Hills-based distillery that digs deep into California history for Gold Rush twists on traditional spirits like whiskey, vodka, gin, brandy, and bourbon. Travel back in time to the mother lode-inspired tasting room with wood-paneled walls from the 1860s, a four-by-five-foot photo of Placerville’s Main Street in 1866, a street-scene room leading to the saloon-styled bar, and the Victorian-parloresque area filled with bottled spirits all made with locally sourced ingredients.

 

Read more: Go Back to the Gold Rush at Dry Diggings Distillery

How do you get inspired? Do you spend time with family, friends, and like-minded people? Do you head out into nature, finding inspiration in the beauty that surrounds us? Do you educate yourself — learn something new to keep your mind fresh and active?

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Read more: Rejuvenate Your Mind and Body at Granlibakken’s Wellness Weekend 2017

WRITTEN BY STEPH RODRIGUEZ 

A Mexican-born holiday that’s rooted in tradition, Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a two-day celebration that takes place on November 1 and 2 during which family members honor and remember the lives of loved ones who’ve passed.

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Read more: Sacramento Celebrates Dia de Los Muertos

WRITTEN BY BRANDON DARNELL
PHOTOS BY OCTAVIO VALENCIA

This year marks the fifth annual Farm-to-Fork Celebration in Sacramento, and it’s on track to be the best one yet.

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Read more: Get a Taste of Sacramento’s Farm-to-Fork Bounty

WRITTEN BY DOUG KIRKLE

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The popularity of juicing is increasing as more people look for healthier ways to eat and live. Introducing fresh juice into your daily diet helps to promote better health, fight illness, and boost energy and vitality. Plastaket Manufacturing, home of the Champion Juicer, is a third-generation, family-owned business. The company is proud to continue in the tradition of the founders: manufacturing in the USA and focusing on high-quality, long-lasting juicers.

Read more: Champion Juicer – Benefits of Juicing

WRITTEN BY LA VICTORIA STAFF

Did you know jarred salsa was invented 100 years ago? And we have La Victoria to thank for helping spice up every #TacoTuesday ever since. Looking to find a way to preserve the fresh taste of its mouthwatering recipe for authentic Mexican salsa, the folks at La Victoria took matters into their own hands and created the first-ever jarred salsa in North America in 1917. (For a little context, sliced bread wasn’t invented until 1928!)

Fast forward to a century later and that recipe for the now famous Salsa Brava still is made with the same simple ingredients and, along with 17 other deliciously festive varieties — all made with locally grown tomatoes that go from field to jar — is packaged in Southern California today. The La Victoria brand expanded to not only produce authentic, flavorful salsas, but also taco sauces, enchilada sauces, and chiles, all the while keeping the Mexican tradition alive and well in the hearts and bellies of generations of consumers.

 

Read more: LA VICTORIA® Brand Celebrates 100 Years of Salsa

See what 6,300 feet elevation can do for your soul at Granlibakken Tahoe.


WRITTEN BY ANNORA MCGARRY
PHOTOS COURTESY OF GRANLIBAKKEN TAHOE

Full Weekend of Events just $240

Imagine a soulful weekend reconnecting with nature, invigorating yourself with daily yoga sessions, and enjoying music and meditation in abundance. Surrounded by the majestic yet peaceful scenery of North Lake Tahoe, reset and relax before a busy summer season.

Just imagine if you could immerse yourself in this soulful retreat for just $240!

Well, now you can. That’s right—the full weekend of events for the Restorative Arts and Yoga Festival, or RAY, can be had for just $240 per person. This rate includes 12 workshops over three days, taught by local Tahoe yoga instructors, healers, and wellness experts, as well as meals and social hours. 

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Start each day of RAY with a refreshing Sunrise Yoga and Meditation class.

Read more: Inaugural Restorative Arts and Yoga Festival in Tahoe

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