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5th annual Holidays in the Hills—a win-win wine event

20 Placer County Wineries Host Annual Event Offering Free Wine Tasting and Holiday Festivities with Toy Donation


AUBURN, Calif., Nov.19, 2014—Holidays in the Hills, an annual winery event benefiting the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, takes place December 6thand 7th.  The event is hosted from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days by 20 Placer County Vintners Association wineries.  Event guests will enjoy free wine tasting, and several locations will feature hors d’oeuvres, live music, winery tours and discounts on purchases in exchange for a toy donation for a child in need.  All participants will have the chance to win raffle prizes.

Holidays in the Hills takes place on the Placer County Wine Trail at these participating wineries:

Bear River Winery: Guests can sample newly released wines and a flight of Barbera paired with assorted chocolates and holiday cookies. Meet the winemakers and enjoy half and full case discounts.

Bonitata Boutique Wine: In addition to wine tasting, Bonitata Boutique Wine will offer a holiday atmosphere and wine-infused chocolate truffles paired with a2009 Barbera and 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon.

Cante Ao Vinho: Guests will sample olive oils, pesto, and gourmet taffy while sampling a selection of wines. A complimentary art show will provide beauty to the holiday atmosphere.

Casque Wines: Visitors will sample the winery’s all-new “Sargent” port which will be introduced for the first time, and receive holiday case discount.

Ciotti Cellars: Will be providing a “Bottle Your Own Wine” demonstration station where visitors will be able to purchase and bottle a special blended red wine. Guests will also enjoy desserts and holiday specials.

Davis Dean: While enjoying complimentary wine tastings, visitors will enjoy music and tasty snacks.

Dono dal Cielo: Visitors will groove to live music by Two Barrels Shy and Double Shots, in addition to enjoying complimentary wine tasting.

Fawnridge Winery: Will offer flavored popcorn and pouring new releases at the winery.

Green Family Winery: Attendees will enjoy tasty, healthy snacks, chocolate truffles with port, and cigars for purchase that can be enjoyed in a smoking area outside, weather permitting.

Lone Buffalo Vineyards: Celebrate the holidays with 3 new wine releases. Visitors can capture the moment in DIY Love’s Vintage Photo Trailer, peruse jewelry and art vendors, and enjoy delicious barbeque. Complimentary Lone Buffalo logo glasses will be given to the first 50 visitors to arrive each day.

Mt. Vernon Winery: Visitors to Mt. Vernon will enjoy live music, appetizers, and wine tastings inside the cave.

PaZa Wines: PaZa will have live music, appetizers and barrel tasting in the cave. Guests can enjoy wood fired pizza and peruse offerings from multiple local vendors.

Pescatore Vineyards and Winery: Will have a holiday market, and offer sweet and savory bites from Snow’s Citrus Court.

Popie Wines: Visitors can warm up with a special mulled spiced wine made from the 2010 Basin Red, and will enjoy special holiday discounts.

Rancho Roble Vineyards: Will be conducting a raffle and guests can win 2 bottles of wine.

River Rock Ranch Lindemann Winery: Winery guests will enjoy Christmas music, chocolate, and cheese. Those who purchase three or more bottles will receive a special gift bag.

Rock Hill Winery: St. Ashbury will be performing live music on Saturday. Guests will enjoy case discounts and sample new releases.

Secret Ravine Vineyards: Visitors will sample Christmas treats, shop for gifts, listen to holiday music, and taste the newly released2012 Montepulciano.

Viña Castellano Winery: Guests will receive a Varietal Food and Wine Pairing Chart as well as sample hot wine cocktails —Sangria Caliente & Spiced Cider Wine paired with spicy chocolate treats.

Wise Villa Winery: Guests will enjoy complimentary beef crostini with caramelized onions, along with a tour of the vineyard, winery and barrel cellar.

When it comes to fertility improvement, you should know that it is something a lot of couples can use. Nearly 15% of all people have some problems in regards to conception. Numerous reasons contribute to this. What is more important though is that there are many ways to help with fertility problems. Even though most of them are simple enough, they can boost fertility significantly. Take note:

Focus on a bigger breakfast – women with fertility issues should know that a bigger breakfast can help resolve the issue. According to studies, a better breakfast improves the hormonal consequences of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), which is a major contributor to infertility. Women of normal weight who eat the most calories with their breakfast show reduced levels of insulin and testosterone. Additionally, they ovulate 30% more than women who have smaller breakfast. Do note that increasing your breakfast without decreasing calorie intake throughout the rest of the day can lead to weight gain.

Reduce carbohydrates – many doctors recommend a low-carb diet for women with PCOS. The main reason for this is that the risk of infertility increases with higher carb intake. According to some studies, women who consumed more carbs were at 78% higher risk of ovulatory infertility than women who adopted a low-carb diet. Keep in mind the type of carbohydrates is also essential. In that sense, refined carbohydrates found in sugary drinks and foods are absorbed by the body very quickly. This causes a spike in insulin levels, which ups the chances of PCOS.

Eat more foods rich in antioxidants – zinc and folate are essential in fertility improvement for both men and women. They do this by deactivating the free radicals that damage egg and sperm cells in the body. As a result, the chance of conception grows significantly. Foods that contain antioxidants are grains, nuts, vegetables and fruits.

Eat more fibre – fibre can greatly help your body remove excess hormones and maintain a balanced level of blood sugar. Foods like beans and whole grains can remove estrogen by binding with the hormones and then flushing them out. Even small amounts of fibre (10 grams daily) could lead to significant improvements in fertility.

Consume high-fat dairy – low-fat dairy foods increase the risk of infertility, whereas high-fat dairy could, in fact, decrease it. Try to replace a single serving of low-fat dairy with a high-fat product, like a glass of whole milk for example.

Exercise your body – many studies point out to the fact that sedentary lifestyle leads to higher risk of infertility. Regular exercises not only negates this effect but also contributes to better weight loss efforts and increased wellbeing. Yet, you should know that excessive exercise could have an adverse impact on fertility. Moderation is key.

Relax – with an increase in stress levels, hormones levels in the body change in favour of those that reduce fertility. It is estimated that nearly 30% of women experience problems with working long hours and stressful jobs. You need to find a way to combat stress, be it through some hobby, meditation, yoga or some other activity.

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Kraft drawer boxes consist of two parts: the inner piece and the outer piece. The good thing is that these boxes can be easily assembled and folded. You don’t need to spend more than 1 minute to assemble or fold them. And the good thing is that you don’t even need to use glue or tape.

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Kraft drawer boxes are made using biodegradable material. And this material is more durable than other packaging materials out there. In other words, it is better than paper or plastic product products that are commonly used these days.

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4300 Hansen Road
Loomis, CA 95650

Sales: On-farm.
Hours: Please call first
Products: We breed and sell alpacas. For new alpaca owners, we provide 24/7 post sales support for as long as needed. We also provide boarding services and fiber end products, including yarn, rovings, batting, socks, rugs, scarves and more.

Sales: on-farm, you pick (check website for schedule), farmers’ markets in Tahoe City, South Lake Tahoe, and Sacramento. Grocery stores in Tahoe and Newcastle Produce. Restaurants in Auburn & Tahoe.
Hours: U-Pick on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, May through November by appointment
Tours: yes
Products: Raspberries, thornless blackberries, boysenberries, olallieberries, blueberries, chestnuts, pomegranates, kiwi, mandarins, pumpkins, squash, tomatoes, loquats, persimmons, figs, rhubarb, cherry plums, Meyer lemons, apples, applewood, olives, herbs, flowers, corn, popcorn, guava.


6165 Mt. Pleasant Road
Lincoln, CA 95648

Products: mandarins


4595 Godley Road
Lincoln, CA 95648

Sales: On-farm, grocery stores, farmers’ markets. We also ship.
Hours: Please call first
Tours: No
Products: Mandarins, Produce in season, and Goji starts.  We are a non-certified organic grower.

Cat­e­gory: Side Dish

Plac­er­Grown ingre­di­ents used:  Arugula


  • 2 cups tightly packed fresh arugula (from Edwards Fam­ily Farm)
  • 1/4 cup extra vir­gin Calolea olive oil
  • 4 Table­spoons Fid­dy­ment salted pistachios
  • 2 local grown gar­lic cloves
  • salt & pep­per to taste



Place every­thing in a food proces­sor and process to a creamy con­sis­tency. Use the same way you would basil pesto, on pasta, fish, bread, etc. Yields 1 cup.

Serves 8; prep time – 15 minutes

-1 bunch mizuna, triple washed and dried
-1 bunch arugula, triple washed and dried
-4 firm-fleshed plums, rinsed
-1 ½ tsp. Two Spicy Ladies “Oriental Stir Fry” spice mix
-1 tsp. dark balsamic vinegar
-1 tsp. white balsamic vinegar
-2 Tbsp. + 2 tsp. XV olive oil
-salt and pepper, to taste

Place the mizuna and arugula in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Cut the plums into ¼ inch slices around the pit, and add to the greens. Discard the pits. Toss in the spice mix. Continue to toss and slowly add the vinegars and olive oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve immediately. Enjoy!

Australia won its first World Cup match since June 2010, defeating Tunisia 1-0 to give itself a chance of qualifying for the knockout stages in Qatar.

A brilliant header from Mitch Duke in the first half proved the difference between the two sides, as Tunisia spurned chance after chance and could not find a way past the stubborn Australian defense.

For both teams, seeking to reach the knockout stages from a group containing heavyweights France and Denmark, this was a must-win game.

The Eagles of Carthage kicked off with the wind at their backs, having secured a 0-0 draw against Denmark in their opening match, while Australia had succumbed 4-1 to defending champion France and needed a win to keep them in the hunt for qualifying.

Australia began the stronger of the two teams, pinning Tunisia in its own half during the opening skirmishes and the Socceroos took the early lead with an end-to-end goal.

They worked the ball up field, with Craig Goodwin finding space down the left wing and firing a cross into the box which, despite a deflection, found Duke who leaped into the air to rocket the ball into the goal with a glancing header.

Mobbed by teammates, Duke made a ‘J’ with his hands, a message to his young son Jaxson watching in the stands who responded in kind and with a thumbs-up.

Tunisia had chances to equalize before half-time as Mohamed Drager lined up a shot on goal but Harry Souttar swept the ball away and out of danger, before Youssef Msakni put the ball wide with the goal open in front of him.

The Eagles of Carthage kept pressing after the break but, despite engineering multiple attempts on goal, they could not unlock Australia’s defense.

With five minutes of regular time left, suddenly the game opened up and Tunisia poured forward on the counterattack.

Once again, it was Souttar who came to Australia’s rescue, defending his side’s slender lead and Australia held on for a historic victory.

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