Gold Country Autumn
Escape into the Sierra foothills for new inns, fine dining, and family-owned wineries
Peter Fish and Sara Schneider
In the folded foothills of the Sierra Nevada, California’s Gold Country, autumn lingers long into October, offering blue skies, tawny hills, and grapevines tinged fierce red.
Once beautiful but sleepy, this region is now beautiful but sophisticated. Good new restaurants are popping up in unexpected places. Even more strikingly, an influx of creative new winemakers has made the Gold Country one of the most fascinating wine regions in the West.
WHERE TO EAT
Alchemy Market & Wine Bar. Great soups, sandwiches, nice selection of local wines. $$; open daily; 191 Main St., Murphys; 209/728-0700.