#46 Visit the Vineyards – Taste the Wines

Bangor WineryBangor Ranch Vineyard & Winery, with its stone walls and walkways, is located in the southern Butte County town of Bangor, surrounded by rolling hills and oak woodlands. The ranch was acquired by Gary Paul Fox in 2010 with a goal and commitment to producing the highest quality handcrafted wines and olive oils. The vineyard is planted with Nebbiolo and Mourvedre vines, with Dolcetto to follow soon. Wines available for tasting are the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon North Coast, 2005 Syrah Reserve Santa Barbara and 2012 Bianco featuring Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc and Symphony grapes. Upcoming releases will include 2012 Barbera and Sangiovese, and a 2013 Barbera Rosato. Also try the Extra Virgin Olive Oil made from the ancient Mission olive trees on the property. Open 1st and 3rd weekends each month.

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B1900Bertagna Son Kissed Vineyards offers wines made from organic grapes and pride themselves on attention to detail, which small case production allows. Our tasting room is located just minutes from downtown Chico, yet you will feel like you are miles away. We are open the first weekend of the month April – October from Noon to 5 pm. Visit www.BertagnaWine.com for more information. Our wines are also found in many Chico stores, including Maisie Jane’s, Chico Natural Foods, S & S Produce, Safeway, Costco, BevMo, Savemart and Raley’s. Ask for a glass at your favorite restaurant.

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Dogcreekwine-glassDog Creek Cellars’ wines are produced in the more labor intense organic way. Neal and Judy Cline made their commitment to certified organic farming in the interest of healthy living and offer some wonderful tasting opportunities for you to sample their work. The three acres of Pinot Grigio, Sangiovese, and Zinfandel benefit from Neal’s viticulture and enology education at U.C. Davis. From those grapes Neal also crafts a Rose’vese and a White Zinfandel and the entire operation is 100% solar powered. Judy has added weddings and events to their offerings at the winery and Trix and Gustav, the Dog Creek dogs, are always there upon your arrival to greet and entertain you. The winery is open for tastings the 1st Sunday of each month from 12:00 noon till 5:00 p.m. Private tastings are available by appointment.

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mainGale Vineyards is a boutique winery made of rice straw bale construction with local sycamore wood. Tastings are by appointment. The winery features two areas for weddings and receptions with a koi pond with waterfalls. There is a patio and outdoor bar facility, along with bathrooms, kitchen facilities, and a bride’s room with bath.

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GreyFox-patioGrey Fox Vineyards began in late 1996 when the Arrigoni and Cecchi families purchased bare land in the Sierra foothills of Oroville. Sangiovese, Syrah, Barbera, Zinfandel, Viognier, Muscat and Dolcetto were planted and an underground winery was built. Recently a beautiful window-lined tasting room was added to frame the fabulous views of the vines, the valley and the Sutter Buttes. A live oak shaded picnic area on the vineyard is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the wine and views. The tasting room is open on weekends from noon til 5 p.m. In addition to the above varietals, they also make a selection of port dessert wines.

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HickmanToddHickman Family Vineyards is a boutique winery nestled in the Sierra Nevada foothills at 900 ft. elevation, near Oroville. The Mediterranean climate combined with the mineral-rich soil, create an ideal environment for our estate grown varietals.Cooler climate varietals are sourced from select hand-tended vineyards throughout the North State. We strive to make hand-crafted wines produced in a conscientious and sustainable manner, firmly believing in the concept of terrior.

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HoneyRunbottleHoney Run Honeywines are made from berry juice and honey, with No Sulfites or preservatives added (no grapes either). First crafted near Chico’s covered bridge, the winery is now on Park Ave. Visit them on the weekdays for a taste of their true Mead and delightful, social style Blackberry, Cherry, Elderberry, Cranberry Honeywine. Open M-F 9-4 (occasionally Sat.) It’s a good idea to call ahead (530) 345-6405.

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LaRoccaStore44LaRocca Vineyards is proud to bring true organic wines from our winery to you! “Your True Wealth Is Your Health!” That spiritual revelation is what put Philip and Judith La Rocca on a lifelong quest. Whether our vision, or a tiny ripple, good organic whole food is the basis of life and sound judgment. From our majestic winery on Doe Mill Ridge to our convenient Tasting Room at 222 W. 2nd Street in Downtown Chico, LaRocca Vineyards welcomes you to enjoy our award-winning, fine organic wines, with no sulfites. Open Weds – Fridays 1:30-8pm, Saturdays 12-8pm and Sundays from 1:30-6pm. Like us on Facebook to keep up on special events and promotions.

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Long-Ck-TobyLong Creek Winery & Ranch More than your average tasting room, it is an adventure. Long Creek offers their signature collection of Long Creek Wines and their newest venture, Vaquero Brand wines. Along with the wines served to you by our fun and enthusiastic crew you can sample the estate grown olive oil and stock up on All Natural Local Baja Vaca beef as well. Your self-guided walking tour of the ranch includes 6 acres of vines, olive and mandarin orchards along with the Angus and miniature Hereford cattle. Enjoy a glass of wine under the shade of the beautiful oak grove bordering the pond. Long Creek is open weekends from Noon to 5 pm at 323 Ward Boulevard off Olive Highway. Call (530) 589-3415 or visit them on the web at www.LongCreekWinery.com.

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new clairvaux monkThe Abbey of New Clairvaux is the first Trappist-Cistercian monastery in the Americas to grow, vinify and bottle its own wine. The winery is situated on what was once Leland Stanford’s Great Vina Ranch, reputedly the world’s largest winery operation in the 1890s. The Abbey purchased the land for a new monastery in 1955; dairy and orchard farming served as their main source of support in the early years. The order has a strong agricultural and winemaking foundation dating back to the 12th century in Europe. New Clairvaux planted its first vines in 2000, bottled its first wines in 2003, and now produces around 7,000 cases annually.

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Odyssey-vinyard12Odyssey Winery produces award-winning wines made from local and estate-grown grapes. The winery features regional art exhibits and live Jazz events along with wine tasting, tours, and other special celebrations. Gourmet foods and wine accessories are available. The tasting room can be reserved for group functions and corporate meetings.

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PurpleLinestorePurple Line Urban Winery, a small, family-owned winery born out of a long romance and passion for good wine, opened its doors at the “Warehouse Chic” 760 Stafford St. location in Oroville on November 23rd 2013. George and Kate Barber share the chores of offering a unique wine experience: Kate managing the Purple Line tasting room and George practicing his wine making skills in the winery’s barrel room & cellar. The Barbers have chosen to take advantage of the many incredible grape varietals grown in the North Sierra region and hand craft them into wines using time honored traditional methods. Enjoy a Wednesday evening Potluck from 6-8pm. Bring a dish to share and enjoy with music and wine. Friday night Dinner in the Barrel Room and Patio catered by Bird Street Un-caged 5 and 7pm seatings. Reservations: 534-1785, limited walk in’s. Learn more about the Winery at: purplelinewinery.com.

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ss-winesSpencer Shirey Wines located near Bangor on 12 acres among the rolling wooded hills on the La Porte Road between Bangor and Brownsville. Pourings and tastings at the winery began in 2014 from grapes grown mostly in the North Sierra Foothills with a few exceptions, because Kimball Shirey, the wine maker, has some favorite vineyards for certain varitals like the cabernet sauvignon fruit from Calivaris County and the zinfandels from the Lodi area. The winery is a joint venture with Mary Spencer, Kimball’s wife co-owner and their children. Kimball develops their wines with an eye to pairing the wines with food. The boutique winery typically produces 50 cases of each varietal or blend which they sell out. The winery is open 12 to 4 Saturdays and Sundays and can be reached at (530) 521-8695, or spencershireywines.com.

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StrawhouseStraw House Cellars is owned and operated by Tom and Beth Chase. The vines were planted 11 years ago with 400 head-trimmed tempranillo vines. Four years ago a second planting of mourvedre vines followed, and that planting has produced its first small amount of fruit. The newest planting of Grenache Noir looks to have taken to the area well, but will require a few growing seasons to see what it will really bring to the table. All Spanish varietals were chosen for the vineyard because of the climate similarities of Butte County and Southern Spain. Simplicity is what Tom strives for in his winemaking. His remarkable and robust tempranillo can be enjoyed in Chico at Spice Creek, Wine Time, Grana and The Kitchen Table restaurants.

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QuiliciAt Quilici Vineyards Enjoy the magnificent view of the vineyard, valley, and the Coastal Range Mountains, and enjoy traditionally made award-winning red wines. Truly a small boutique estate winery, bottling under a 1000 cases a year. All grapes are grown and wines are produced, bottled and cellared at our vineyard and winery. While you are here, bring a picnic lunch, enjoy a glass of estate red wine, and play a game of bocce ball. Quilici Vineyards is the essence of Italian hospitality.

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Wine-RoomThe Wine Room in Paradise, with its charming ambiance, offers a wide selection of local and domestic wines. Fifteen craft beers on tap along with a wide choice of bottled beers provide a perfect beer tasting experience. Wine lovers can chose from 6 – 10 varietals to taste by the glass plus local and domestic wines are available by the bottle. Try something from the menu to nosh on by choosing one of the delicious small plates featuring “Pub Grub” from The Wine Room chef.

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