It’s official. The county of Placer has joined with PlacerGROWN to formally support and promote Placer County agriculture and the family farmers who produce it. The program is focused on educating consumers in areas such as Roseville, Rocklin, Lincoln and Granite Bay about the bounty of products available at the local farmers’ markets and specialty food stores as well as products sold at farm sites throughout Placer County.
The county’s public relations and social media efforts will drive consumers to www.PlacerGROWN.org to learn more about PlacerGROWN and its partners that include Placer County Vintners Association, Placer County Farm Bureau, Mountain Mandarin Growers Association and the Foothill Farmers’ Markets.
According to Josh Huntsinger, Placer County agricultural commissioner, agriculture has always played an important and integral role in the success and history of Placer County. He said this union is designed to best promote all Placer County agricultural producers.
“This agreement is a win-win for both PlacerGROWN and the county,” Huntsinger said. “By unifying our efforts under one brand; PlacerGROWN, we can connect with more people and make more county residents aware of all that is available agriculturally here in our area. Our research shows that less than 1 percent of the population residing in Placer County actually purchases PlacerGROWN products and we are working to change that.”
The role of PlacerGROWN has been not only to assist with the marketing of Placer County’s agricultural products but also to promote Placer County agriculture to the local community, to provide marketing tools to help identify Placer County growers and to develop an expanded demand for locally grown foods. PlacerGROWN President Dave Chappell said the partnership will benefit both groups.
“We are pleased to officially unite with Placer County to best support our local farmers and growers,” Chappell said. “Placer County has such a rich agricultural heritage of providing the finest and freshest fruits and outstanding vegetable offerings. The health and vitality of our local farms is important to our communities and will benefit the county economically as well.”
AUBURN, Calif., July 24, 2014—Placer County Wine Trail wines have delighted judges’ taste buds again at this year’s California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition. Placer County vintners took home an astonishing 52 awards, including a Best of California honor, ten Best of Class of Region awards, and 41 gold, silver and bronze medals.
“Year after year, Placer County wines hold their own against the state’s finest,” says Placer County Agricultural Commissioner Josh Huntsinger. “It takes a lot to impress the judges on the panel, but that’s what our wineries did. These awards are a testament to the dedication and passion our local vintners put into their wines.”
Receiving more than 2,800 entries this year, the California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition is the oldest and most prestigious wine competition in the state, dedicated to evaluating California wines.
Among the thousands of entrants, 12 Placer County Wine Trail wineries won the following:
Home to 20 wineries, the Placer County Wine Trail runs from Lincoln to Loomis to Newcastle and Auburn. The wine trail’s Best of California and Best of Class of Region award-winning wines will be featured at the California State Fair in the Save Mart Supermarkets Wine Garden for visitors to enjoy from July 11th – July 27th.
Placer County Wine Trail wineries brought their best to the esteemed San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition and earned 45 medals, including an outstanding 11 gold and double gold medals, proving these regional wines show well and finish strong.
Founded in 1983, the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition includes wines from around the nation and is judged by 60 prestigious wine experts within the media, trade, hospitality and education industries. This year there were over 5,500 vintages judged, cinching its title as the largest competition of American wines in the world.
Over all, nine Placer County wineries placed in the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Lincoln’s Wise Villa Winery took home the most medals, adding another 15 awards to their repertoire including two double gold medals for their estate grown, produced and bottled Sirah and Pinot Noir Rose, three gold, six silver and four bronze medals.
“It’s exciting to be a part of the success of the Placer County wineries,” states Grover Lee, winemaker, owner and general manager of Wise Villa. “We planted the first vines on Wise Villa Estates in 2006 and are proud of our growth, the wines we produce and of the many wonderful wines coming out of our region.”
The showing continued to be strong at the competition with Ciotti Cellars and Fawnridge Winery both claiming a silver medal and two bronze awards; Le Casque won a gold and bronze; Lone Buffalo Vineyards was recognized with a gold, two silvers and two bronzes; Mt. Vernon Winery took three gold and five bronze; PaZa and Popie Wines both brought home a silver and bronze; and Vina Castellano Winery was awarded a gold, silver and three bronze.
“Placer County wineries continue to produce even more award-winning wines each year,” said Placer County Agricultural Commissioner Josh Huntsinger. “We believe that an increasing number of wine lovers will discover Placer County as a hidden jewel with gorgeous terrain and wine well worth the visit.”
The Placer County Wine Trail is home to 19 wineries and counting, all of which are easily accessible from I-80 and Highway 49 along the Placer County Wine Trail running from Lincoln to Loomis to Newcastle and Auburn. A public tasting of award-winning wines from the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition also takes place at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco, Saturday, February 16, 2013. More information about Placer County wines is available at www.placerwine.com
AUBURN, Calif January 29, 2015 – Coming from a region with a rich tradition in winemaking, Placer County Wine Trail wineries have much to celebrate. For the second year in a row, regional wineries won 50 awards at the 2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Recognized as the largest competition of American wines in the world, this year’s event received a record 6,417 entries.
The competition’s judges included over 80 wine experts within the media, trade, hospitality and education industries.
“Placer County regional wineries are honored to receive recognition in the company of other great American vintners,” says Carol Arnold, CEO of PlacerGROWN.
Placer County 2015 San Francisco Chronicle wine competition winners include:
“The accolades achieved at this year’s wine competition are well-deserved,” says Placer County Agricultural Commissioner Josh Huntsinger. “This region’s microclimate, rich soil and dedicated vintners produce world-class wine and we are delighted to be recognized by such a prestigious competition.”
Experience the region’s award-winning artisan wines paired with sweet treats this Valentine’s Day weekend. Placer County has 18 wineries participating in the Valentine‘s Sweets and Treats event.
Look out Napa and Sonoma Valley, there’s a new kid in town. The results of the California State Fair Wine Competition are in and Placer County wineries claimed top billing with 37 awards from eight of its 18 wineries, the highest number of medals achieved by the region to date.
“Our Placer County wineries continue to grow in numbers and increase the quality of their wines,” said Jocelyn Maddux of Lone Buffalo Winery in Auburn. “We’re proud that we have achieved a record number of awards to add to our ‘Best’ wins with Lone Buffalo’s ‘Best of Class for the Sierra Foothills’ in 2010, Wise Villa in 2011 and Popie Wines this year. In addition, Casque Wines won ‘Best of Show Microwinery Awards in 2010 for both red and white wines.”
From Lincoln to Loomis and up through Auburn, eight Placer County wineries were recognized in the Fair’s commercial wine competition among 2,890 wine entrants. More than 70 judges on 18 panels tasted all of the wines submitted by 688 participating wineries.
Lincoln’s Wise Villa brought home the most medals amongst the submitted Placer County wineries with a total of 13 medals including three gold, six silver and four bronze awards.
The town of Loomis had four wineries with impressive wins with four silver medals for Casque Wines; Ciotti Cellars with one silver and three bronze and Secret Ravine Winery earned three silver awards. Popie Wines won two silver medals for its 2009 Red Generic and its Bianci di Barbera, which also tied for the “Best of Class, Sierra Foothills Appellations.”
A bit further up Highway 80 in Auburn, PaZa Vineyard was recognized with two silver medals and one bronze, Fawnridge Winery won one silver and two bronze and Lone Buffalo went home with four silver awards and one bronze.
“This is such an outstanding achievement for our area’s wineries,” said Placer County Agricultural Commissioner Josh Huntsinger. “All of our wineries deserve recognition and the State Fair endorsement means so much. Placer County wineries have been one of the region’s best kept secrets and we’re working hard to change that.”
Huntsinger said the Placer County medal winners will be amongst more than 200 wineries pouring their showcase wines at the Grape and Gourmet event at the Fairgrounds on Aug. 18. Tickets are available for $40 in advance and $50 at the door. Visit www.bigfun.org for more information about the California Grape and Gourmet.
Placer County is home to 18 wineries located on the Placer County Wine Trail, which runs from Lincoln to Loomis to Newcastle and Auburn and is easily accessible from I-80 and Highway 49. More information about Placer County wines is available at www.placerwine.com.
Lodi and Amador aren’t the only award-winning wine regions just a short drive from Sacramento. The California State Fair Wine Competition released this year’s results and 10 wineries on the Placer County Wine Trail received 31 awards including three Best of Class of Region honors and one gold medal.
“Our Placer County Wine Trail vintners continue to produce first-class wines that surprise the palette and leave guests wanting more,” said Jocelyn Maddux of Placer County Vintners Association. “Individuals who visit any one of our award-winning wineries will taste first-hand what makes our region special.”
More than 70 judges tasted wines submitted by 709 wineries in this year’s State Fair Wine Competition. Placer County wineries were recognized among thousands of wine entrants with three Best of Class of Region awards for Lone Buffalo Vineyards and Wise Villa Winery. The winning wines are Lone Buffalo Vineyard’s 2010 Rhone Blend and Wise Villa Winery’s 2012 Rosé and Torrontes. Lone Buffalo Vineyards also took home a gold medal for its 2010 Zinfandel.
Silver medals were won by 10 Placer County wineries including: Bonitata Boutique Wine, Ciotti Cellars, Davis Dean Cellars, Fawnridge Winery, Lone Buffalo Vineyards, PaZa Vineyard & Winery, Pescatore Vineyard & Winery, Secret Ravine Vineyards and Wise Villa Winery. Six area vintners were also given bronze awards including: Bonitata Boutique Wine, Lone Buffalo Vineyards, PaZa Vineyard & Winery, Popie Wines and Wise Villa Winery.
The 31 winning wines represent 18 bold Placer County varietals including: Barbera, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Petite Sirah, Pinot Gris, Primativo, Red Blend, Red Bordeaux Blend, Rhone Blend, Rosé, Tempranillo, Torrontes, Touriga Nacional, Sangiovese, Syrah, White Blend and Zinfandel.
“We are proud of the Placer County wine region’s many accolades,” said Placer County Agricultural Commissioner Josh Huntsinger. “Each year our local vintners are winning dozens of awards in state and national competitions. Our goal is to drive residents and visitors to taste our incredible Placer County wines because once they do, they’ll most definitely be back.”
The Placer County Wine Trail runs from Lincoln to Loomis to Newcastle and Auburn and is home to 19 wineries. The trail is easily accessible from I-80 and Highway 49.
The harvest is bountiful and Placer County Foothill Farmers’ Markets are popping up all over the region. In addition to the two year-round markets in Old Town Auburn and at the Fountains in Roseville, eight certified seasonal farmers’ markets open in June, offering a wide variety of local, farm-fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, nuts, honey, eggs, herbs and more.
“The Foothill Farmers’ Markets are celebrating 25 years in Placer County with a rich local agricultural history that dates back to 1849,” says Foothill Farmers’ Market Association and PlacerGROWN Executive Director Carol Arnold. “Whether you live in the area or are headed to Lake Tahoe to escape the heat, a visit to one of our markets is a delicious option for fresh produce, eggs and meats.”
Open nearly every day of the week, the PlacerGROWN seasonal Farmer’s Markets play a vital role in the region’s food scene with locations in Auburn, Foresthill, Granite Bay, Rocklin, Roseville, Tahoe City and Truckee.
For more information on the Foothill Farmers’ Markets 2015 schedule, visit foothillfarmersmarket.com. To find information on Placer County farm-fresh food, wineries and agricultural events, visit placergrown.org
AUBURN, Calif. September 30, 2015 – For the fourth consecutive year, Placer County is celebrating everything PlacerGROWN during the entire month of October. Families looking to experience the best of what Placer County has to offer can attend one of the many events and explore the PlacerGROWN crop-to-tabletop mentality, food and family- fun activities.
“Our region has a rich history, dating back to 1849, of agricultural distinction with a wealth of farm-fresh food and wine prepared locally for your family’s home table,” said PlacerGROWN Executive Director Carol Arnold. “PlacerGROWN Month is our way of emphasizing the value of crop-to-tabletop living by sharing opportunities for families to meet and spend time with local farmers, ranchers and vintners who prepare the best quality ingredients.”
The month includes the highly-anticipated Crop-to-Tabletop Dinner on October 29th, which will highlight the philosophy of fresh, local foods that are readily available for all families to enjoy. Hosted this year by the Flower Farm in Loomis, the gourmet dinner will feature local produce, meats, beer and wine and will be prepared by Placer County’s notable chefs.
“The Placer County region is ripe with promise and offers an ideal climate for farmers, ranchers and vintners,” said Placer County Agricultural Commissioner Josh Huntsinger. “Our celebration of this agricultural community serves as a reminder of the bounty we have in our backyard and the benefit of having locally grown food on our dinner tables.”
Events taking place during PlacerGROWN month include:
Event details can be found on the PlacerGROWN website, www.placergrown.org/events2/. For more information about PlacerGROWN visit their website, www.placergrown.org/.
AUBURN, Calif April 29, 2015 – For the first time on May 5, during the Big Day of Giving, PlacerGROWN is asking for donations to develop and operate an educational food truck. The goal of this vehicle is to educate our children and community about the benefits of farm fresh food and how to easily prepare fresh, healthy meals.
“Placer County is one of the most diverse agricultural areas in California,” says Carol Arnold, CEO of PlacerGROWN. “For 20 years, we have been helping our community build relationships with local farmers and ranchers. In 2016, with the support of generous donors, we will educate kids about the benefits of preparing healthy meals with locally sourced, fresh ingredients.”
PlacerGROWN plans to use the mobile educational vehicle to bring fresh food and cooking demonstrations to local elementary schools and other events. The nonprofit will team up with local farmers and chefs who can best speak to the benefits of gardens and healthy food habits.
The food truck will help us teach kids how to make a healthy meal. They will also receive the same fresh ingredients to take home to make a meal with their families. PlacerGROWN will also give students a $25 farm-to-table voucher to redeem at their local farmers’ markets so they can share farm fresh produce with their friends and families.
On Tuesday, May 5, we ask that people make a generous donation to PlacerGROWN by visiting, bigdayofgiving.org. With their help PlacerGROWN can make its vision for an educational food truck a reality, expand its outreach services to more schools and increase the number of families touched by the farm-to-table voucher program.
PlacerGROWN was formed in 1995 by farmers, ranchers and supportive citizens in Placer County to advocate the benefits of farm fresh produce and meats. To learn more visit, www.placergrown.org.
AUBURN, Calif. August 27, 2015 – On Saturday, September 26, PlacerGROWN, in partnership with Placer County Visitors Bureau, will exhibit along with other regional producers at the 3rd annual Farm-to-Fork Festival in downtown Sacramento. With a bevy of local farmers’ markets and small farms, dozens of wineries and numerous top chefs, Placer County is a veritable food and wine destination.
“Our PlacerGROWN farmers have had a crop-to-tabletop mentality since 1849,” said Carol Arnold, CEO of PlacerGROWN. “Farm-to-fork is a new spin on an old notion: food grown fresh from your local farmer tastes better than food that travels thousands of miles. The Placer County community has enjoyed fresh, local food and has been capitalizing on this healthy lifestyle for over a century.”
Representing 1,244 farms and 19 award-winning wineries, Placer County will be highlighting its fresh PlacerGROWN food and wine, as well as providing games and entertainment for the whole family. Several local farm-to-fork producers will be lined up along Capitol Mall to provide tasty treats and information.
Representatives from the Placer County area include: PlacerGROWN, Placer County Visitors Bureau, Placer County Vintners Association, Cattle Women and more.
“Placer County, with its rich agricultural history, has always produced amazing food and wine,” said Placer County Agricultural Commissioner Josh Huntsinger. “Since 1849, local farmers, vintners and producers have cultivated the fresh food that is synonymous with this region, making us the second-healthiest county in the state.”
Throughout the day, PlacerGROWN will host tastings, games and other family-fun activities to highlight Placer County agriculture and the benefits of preparing healthy meals with locally sourced, fresh ingredients. For more information about Placer County or PlacerGROWN and the farmers and ranchers they represent, visit placergrown.org and visitplacer.com.