Discover the Wines of Calaveras

Mark Twain gave Calaveras County its claim to fame with his bestselling story “The Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.” Nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, this famous Gold Rush location still maintains its 19th-century charm, including Murphy’s Historic Hotel, in operation since 1856. Twain was just one of its famous guests. The […]

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Discover 5 of California’s Best-kept Secrets

Think you’ve seen all of California? Think again. We traveled to five different remote locations to discover some of California’s lesser-known attractions. From an active volcano to a wine country destination to an historic honky-tonk, these locations make great trips for those who like to explore a little off the beaten path. Discover these five […]

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The Other Shenandoah Valley

The beautiful Shenandoah Valley stretches 200 miles across the Blue Ridge and Allegheny mountains of Virginia. A lesser known Shenandoah Valley in the Sierra Nevada foothills also offers country roads with breathtaking views and charming postcard-perfect farms. This undiscovered California gem features rolling, golden hills studded with majestic oaks and rolling vineyards producing exceptional full-bodied […]

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Coopers Vineyards, Dollar Bill & Barbera

Dick Cooper, whose family originally arrived in the Sierra Foothills in 1919, is generally considered Amador County’s “Godfather of Barbera.” The whole Barbera thing came almost as an accident—the name of a grape jotted down on a dollar bill. Zinfandel might be Amador’s heritage grape, but it is a grape that does well in other parts of California. Barbera, on the […]

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