2751 Combie Road
Meadow Vista, CA 95722
Open for tastings on Friday through Sunday, noon to 5:00 p.m.
Bear River Winery was founded in 2009 at the north end of Lake Combie on the banks of the Bear River in Meadow Vista. We are a family operated boutique micro wine grower producing small case lots of hand crafted wines using traditional methods from grapes sourced in and around Placer, Nevada and El Dorado county vineyards. We are currently offering six wines for tasting. Our Barbera flight is all produced from Barbera grapes sourced from Viani Vineyards in Pilot Hill.
Bonitata Boutique Wine prides itself on attention to details. Each wine is handcrafted and barrel aged then bottled at the right moment to deliver that special taste to your palate. Our grapes are hand-picked from vineyards located in the Sierra Foothills. The grapes are picked just at the right balance of sugar, pH and acid to produce a very special wine. You can meet the winemaker and ask questions or tour the winery.
Bonitata Boutique Wine is located in the original Bernhard Winery founded in 1874, located at the Bernhard Museum adjacent to the Gold Country Fair Grounds. This historic building is made of stone with two foot thick walls which are partially buried into the hillside. The perfect storage for our hand crafted wines. After enjoying your wine tasting you can take a tour of the rest of the museum. Parking is located at the main museum parking lot just a short walk from the winery. The winery is also available for rent for that special occasion (anniversary, birthday, wedding, etc).
5250 Front St.
Rocklin, CA 95677
Wine Tasting Hours: Fri – Sun, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Wine Bar Hours (wine by the glass/bottle): Wed & Thu, 4 – 8 p.m.; Fri & Sat, 5 – 9 p.m.
Cante Ao Vinho is a Family Winery which enjoys making wine in the Old World style. Owned and run by the Farinha Family near the old Camp Far West out post along the Bear River. We make a verity of wines, Portuguese, Spanish, French, and Italian. We love three things, Variety, Sharing our wines with people who enjoy great wine, and having Fun doing it. Very much the old world way. There are ways to make wine that are ready to drink now, or a way where you must wait for them. And the prize is great.
Although we do not have much patience ourselves the wines are well worth waiting for. Our Tasting Room is in the 1905 granite Joesph Barudoni building at 5250 Front Steet, Rocklin across from the Old Saint Mary’s Chapel. How fitting our old world wines in a time gone by granite building.
Casque produces small lots of hand crafted Rhone and Bordeaux style wines from the absolute best vineyard sources in the California Sierra Foothills. They embrace the time-honored French tradition of blending several different varietals together to create a wine that is greater than the sum of its parts.
After spending several years making their wines at other local wineries, Casque Wines recently completed their own production facility at 3273 Swetzer Road in downtown Loomis CA just in time for their 2011 crush. This urban production facility is also a tasting room by day and a wine bar at night located next to Loomis Basin Brewing. Patrons will enjoy wine on the patio with fire pits and outdoor heaters. For inclement weather wine is served inside the winery.
Casque Wines features live acoustical music fire side every Saturday evening from 5-8pm focusing on singer/songwriter artists with no cover charge. They invite people to enjoy the fire pits while listening to some original and mainstream music under the stars. Many more activities are being planned including the start-up of open mic night and outdoor movies in the spring time.
Ciotti Cellars is a small production winery located in Placer County. Small production means we focus on making small lots of ultra-premium wines for your enjoyment. Because of this limited production we’re able to pay extra attention to details creating wines rich in aromas, deep in color and character with velvety finishes. Using only the finest grapes grown in the Placer County / Napa Valley regions we’ve been able to create a little sunshine in a bottle.
Generations after Generations of winemakers have been born in the Ciotti family. As young boys, Giuseppe and Archangelo heard stories of how their Grandfather emigrated from Italy stowed away in a wine barrel to begin a new life in America. As young men they, watched their Grandfather Father and Uncle’s make Hand Crafted Wines as a part of their culture and heritage. Today Ciotti Cellars is committed to making sure that same time honored family tradition continues, carefully cultivating and selecting only quality fruit to make premium hand crafted wine’s to be enjoyed and shared with family and friends.
Private tasting available by appointment
Davis Dean Cellars is an award-winning boutique winery that produces wines from Placer County, Lodi and Napa Valley. Our wines are produced and bottled right in the heart of Rocklin. You will often here us say that our hands touch every grape on their way to the bottle. We are a family-run winery that places the utmost emphasis on the quality of our wines. We hope you enjoy drinking them as much as we enjoy producing them for you. Davis Dean Cellars, from grape to glass, an ordinary family making extraordinary wines. Cheers.
In Italian, “Dono dal Cielo” means ‘Gift from Heaven’.
We are following our lifelong passion for that perfect balance of earth, sun and soil. Dono dal Cielo was born in 2002 with our first 6,000 Zinfandel vines planted on 7 acres. Secreted away in the graceful rolling hills of Newcastle, we offer a warm and welcoming atmosphere that invites you to relax and have fun while sampling our handcrafted wines. We want you to feel at home, gather here and cozy up with each other. Take a bottle or a glass outside on the patio or stroll through the vineyard. Bring your children, your friends and your dogs. We welcome your family to become part of our Dono family!
Owners Stewart and Stephanie Perry planted their vines in 2001 and opened their winery in 2004. They hand-craft all of the Fawnridge wines with particular care in keeping quality high at an affordable price. Their tasting area is located inside the winery for a very personal look at the winery. Fawnridge Winery is dog-friendly and also has a picnic area.
Fortezza Winery’s tasting room is currently closed. We are scheduled to reopen in the Fall of 2016. However, If our sign is out on Mt. Vernon Road, we’re open! If not, please visit us on your next trip to Placer County wine country. Salute!
Fortezza Winery is a small estate of 18 acres located in the beautiful rolling Sierra foothills of Auburn California, near California’s Gold Country. We are growing the “other” Sierra gold. Here at Fortezza we are committed to giving personal attention and special care to each and every vine. We planted our vineyards in 2006 with Sangiovese, Petit Verdot, Primitivo and Viognier wine grapes. They have thrived in our warm climate. We are proud to present the wine from our estate grown vineyard to you this year.
Serves 6; recipe by Courtney McDonald
-6 NY strip steaks or ribeyes
-1/2 cup olive oil
-6 cloves garlic, smashed
-1 shallot, sliced
-2 sprigs rosemary
-2 Tbsp red wine
-4 large heirloom tomatoes, sliced ¼ inch thick
-4 ounces salty blue cheese, such as Bleu d’Auvergne or Roquefort
-1 small red onion or torpedo onion, sliced ¼ inch thick
-1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
-2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
-salt and pepper, to taste
2 hours ahead of cooking time, marinate the steaks – in a large ziplock bag, place ½ cup olive oil, 3 cloves smashed garlic, the sliced shallot, 2 sprigs rosemary and the red wine. Add the steaks and refrigerate for 2 hours to marinate.
Preheat grill. Brush the red onion slices with a little olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill onions until slightly softened and beginning to caramelize, about 1 minute on each side. On a large platter, lay out the tomato slices in a shingled pattern. Crumble the blue cheese evenly on top, then layer the grilled red onion on top of that. Crush the basil leaves and sprinkle over the platter to garnish. Drizzle the tomatoes with the olive oil and season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside while grilling the steaks.
Remove the steaks from the marinade and season with salt and pepper. Grill to desired doneness and let rest 10 minutes before serving. Serve alongside the tomato platter.