Wining in the Sierra Foothills
Murphys is a wine taster's dream come true. The charming town boasts close to two dozen wineries, many located on a stretch of Main Street that's a short stroll from the historic Murphy's Hotel.
The Sierra foothills may just be hitting the news as a wine destination, but a lot of the vines date back to the California Gold Rush. Since miners in the 1840s and 1850s got the cork rolling, some 3,000 acres of vineyards have been planted in the area, which also sports 100 wineries.
Established in 1978, Stevenot is one of the original wineries in Calaveras County. And yes, this is the region that inspired Mark Twain's short story "The Jumping Frog of Calaveras County."
At Allegorie, you can shop for art while you taste wine.
If you like big red, don't miss my Murphys' favorite.
Need a little food to soak up all that vino? Whether you're in the mood for seared ahi or a burger, you can't do much better than V Restaurant, Bistro & Bar in the Victorian Inn.