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My Martha Design Boutique

Nestled on Main Street in historic downtown Placerville is My Martha Design Boutique—a fantastic upscale women’s clothing store with plenty of charm.

 

The store itself is a perfect representation of its owner, Martha McGuire—warm, colorful, and full of personality. Martha is an artist by trade, and her love of art is reflected in the beautiful pieces of jewelry she creates and sells at her store, as well as the variety of clothing items available.

 

The boutique was an idea that Martha’s husband encouraged her to pursue as an alternative to the strenuous work of being a decorative artist, which had her painting ceilings 40 feet in the air. When they came upon a storefront for rent in a darling courtyard in downtown Placerville, they knew they had found the perfect spot for Martha to sell her jewelry creations and other beautiful items.

 

Through her art Martha has brightened up the homes of many people—through her store she is brightening up the City of Placerville and beyond. She is a firm believer that love is the most important thing in the world, and conveys that love to all who visit her.

 

Martha now spends her day helping her clients find the perfect treasures—and there is no shortage. From casual wear to wedding gowns, My Martha Design Boutique has something for every woman. This #DebsPick is a must visit!

 

You can find Martha in downtown Placerville, or online at www.mymarthadesign.com!

Fountainhouse at Victorian Square

I recently had the opportunity to tour the new Fountainhouse Apartments in Victorian Square in Sparks. It’s so nice to have such wonderfully appointed luxury in an unbeatable location! The close proximity to shopping, dining, and entertainment makes it ideal for anyone who wants to experience urban living without a lot of driving. It’s my latest #DebsPick

Be sure to stop by and take a tour of these gorgeous apartments. Who knows, we might end up neighbors! Learn more at fountainhousesparks.com

Falling in Love with Saluti Cellars

As the saying goes, life is what happens when you’re busy making plans. For Tina and Randy Rossi of Saluti Cellars, their venture into being a choice wedding venue in the Northern California
El Dorado wine country showed up on their unfinished doorstep over
10 years ago.

“We were pouring cement, and a woman showed up and asked to have her wedding on the property,” recalls Tina. “We were probably two years away from being ready, but she had it all planned out in her mind.” So Tina and Randy went ahead and made arrangements for it to happen, and the bride was thrilled.

Weddings have been a regular occurrence at their 250-acre canyon

vineyard ever since, with many of those couples returning with their growing families.

“Randy and I are very involved with every single bride and groom,” Tina explained of their business philosophy. “We know their families, they come back and visit us.

We have life-long relationships with them.”

Their commitment to their guests is second only to their commitment to their community. One of their largest events each year is a law enforcement appreciation night. Randy, a 30-year veteran of law enforcement, and Tina, having a long career on the administrative side of law, met while working in the field and continue to share a strong bond with first responders, including firefighters.

They were happy to have been able to help when a large fire impacted the community around them, by providing shelter for displaced horses during evacuations, and by allowing fire personnel to stage their response efforts on their property and use the water from their lake to help battle the flames. These are just two examples of their love for their community and the people
who come to share in their enjoyment of the area.

While weddings and events keep them plenty busy, their property allows for so much more than a walk down the aisle. Saluti Cellars is, first and foremost, a vineyard, yielding between 1,200 and 1,500 cases of wine per year. Their wine is known for its bold, yet smooth, handcrafted flavors and has won numerous awards, including four Double Gold medals and numerous Gold.

“We make wine how we like it,” Randy said of their views on developing their products. “It may not be the way the next person likes it, and that’s ok. We just make wine that we enjoy and that we find our club

members enjoy.”

Saluti also boasts a beautiful bed and breakfast with three separate suites to accommodate a total of six people, perfect for an intimate weekend getaway with family or friends. Guests can expect to feast on meals made from ingredients grown on the property, including organic vegetables, cage free eggs, and beef and lamb raised and cared for on site.

“Everything we try to do here is as environmentally friendly as possible,” Randy explains. “That’s why we have caves to store the wine and avoid using harsh chemicals to treat the barrels or sanitize equipment.”

In fact, Saluti has received awards for being “Fish Friendly Farming,” which denotes that any runoff they have doesn’t negatively impact their ponds or the fish that live in them.

Their solid commitment to the environment and reducing their carbon footprint includes serving the needs of their property through the utilization of solar energy, a gravity fed water system using a large lake on the property, and electric powered vehicles and forklifts.

Guests with electric vehicles also have access to two charging stations to power up while they enjoy the beautiful scenery and atmosphere of

the property.

Things have certainly come a long way since that first bride saw the potential in Saluti Cellars. As Tina and Randy reminisce about how ill-prepared they were for the event at the time, Tina can’t help but laugh.

“We must have done something right,” she said. “Because they came

back and did their 10-year vow renewal this year.”

For more information on everything Saluti Cellars has to offer,

visit their website at saluticellars.com.

 

A Tasty Afternoon in Clarksburg, California at Three Wine Company

Matt may be the winemaker but his wife Erin is the boss!

“I inspire him to make great wines!” she says.

Three Wine Company is a lovely vineyard nestled in the Old Sugar Mill in Clarksburg, CA. As I sat down with owner Erin Cline and Direct to Consumer Manager,  Matt McCollough over a delightful glass of Three’s Escapade California, they gave me an insider’s perspective on what their lives are like at Three Wine Company.

Pega-Trog-Acorn

Three has a unique label on their Escapade – it’s a piece of original artwork by one of their three daughters, Anna, who drew it when she was a freshman in high school. “It’s called a Pega-Trog-Acorn,” Erin explained. The colorful label combines a pegasus, unicorn, trout, and a frog and gives this fun, light, white wine blend that pairs exceptionally well with spicy foods, just the right feeling of whimsy.

History

Erin and her husband Matt Cline have been in the wine business since the 1980’s when Matt opened Cline winery with his brother Fred. After leaving Cline, Erin and Matt opened their second label – Trinitas, before finally selling it and opening their third label, which they named in honor of their 3 daughters, Three! They have ran Three and produced delicious wines for 10 years. Erin says that they do everything right there to make the wine, bottle it, and sell it. “It’s 90% production and 10% tasting. Although, some days it feels like 99% production.” Erin laughs as she tells us about managing Three Wine Company.

Indulge

While Erin admits that she can’t choose a favorite wine because it changes seasonally (“Trying to pick a favorite would be like asking me to pick a favorite daughter!”) Erin does admit that she can’t resist the sparkling wine and rosé in the Summer. Matt McCollough, Three’s Direct to Consumer Manager, says that his go-to reds are the Live Oak Zinfandel and the Mataro.

Plan your adventure!

Three is a delightful wine company to visit and during your tasting you’ll meet their lighthearted, hard-working staff, I can’t recommend spending an afternoon with Erin Cline and Matt McCollough at Three Wine Company enough. They are a joy to be around and are very knowledgeable about the wines they produce. “Our philosophy has always been ‘the dirt, the wine, and don’t screw it up!’” You can learn more about Erin, Matt, and Three Wine Company on their website – order a bottle or schedule your own tasting experience today!

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Wander into California History

When you walk into Poor Red’s Bar-B-Que, you’re walking into history!

Whether you’re starting with their signature Gold Cadillac cocktail (a mouth-watering Poor Red’s original) or are there to indulge in a night of ribs, chicken, or a juicy burger, Poor Red’s delivers a quality experience with a fun atmosphere making it an About Town Deb favorite!

Drink!

The Gold Cadillac is famous at Poor Red’s. It was invented here in 1951 by Frank Cline and is an enticing combination of Galliano, White Creme de Cacao, and Cream. You must try it when you visit! I got to sit down with Executive Chef, Dean Hiatt, over one of those incredible Gold Cadillacs while he walked me through the Poor Red’s experience.

Eat!

There’s no better place to start than with onion rings! Dean told me the secret to Poor Red’s delicious onion rings – before they are battered, these handcrafted, hand dipped rings get special treatment – the lining of the onion is removed so when they are dipped into their brown beer batter, the good stuff stays on without pulling the onion out of the ring ensuring that each bite you take is just as perfect as the last. These rings are so good that the restaurant goes through 180 lbs of onions each week! They go through an entire keg of beer every 10 days, just for the batter for the onion rings.

 

Taking a bite into one of Poor Red’s burgers is an experience you won’t forget. Dean makes sure that each patty has just the right mixture of fat and protein. “Fat is flavor!” Dean explains. You can taste the freshness in these burgers that are made with local brioche bread, house made thousand island dressing, red leaf lettuce and tomatoes from a farm just 4 miles down the road from Poor Red’s. Local and fresh are staples in all of Poor Red’s dishes – “Every chef wants to use the most local and most fresh ingredients there are, period.” admits Dean.

 

Nothing compliments a burger better than a wedge salad! Poor Red’s uses a full half head of lettuce with bleu cheese dressing, cherry tomatoes from down the road, house pickled red wine vinegar onions, pepper for functional garnish, and…you guessed it…housemade bacon bits!

 

Deb’s pick? The ribs! They are to die for! While Dean’s favorite dish differs with his mood, the locals agree with Deb – the ribs are an absolute must. Last year Poor Red’s sold over 15,000 full racks of ribs.

Enjoy!

As if the food and drinks aren’t enough – the atmosphere is incredible. History emanates from every corner of Poor Red’s, which offers outdoor and indoor dining options! Originally built as a Wells Fargo weigh station in the 1800’s for miners during the Gold Rush, Poor Red’s has gone through many transformations. From that weigh station, the building became a brothel (that burned down twice with the town!), then became a pharmacy, and finally was converted to Kelly’s Bar in the 1910’s or 1920’s – this building is part of California history! As the story goes, Kelly’s was owned by Kelly and Red Sather. Kelly was selling drinks and Red was selling ribs out the back until 1948 when the two partners agreed to play a dice game to determine who got to buy the other out of the business. Red won and Poor Red’s was born!

 

Poor Red’s has become a local favorite that seats up to 150 patrons with indoor and outdoor dining. The menus and drinks are the same no matter where you choose to sit, but if you decide to dine outdoors, you can even bring your dog with you! The restaurant offers a Pooch Menu with Salmon, Filet, Chicken, or Flank Steak – yes – for your dog! “If you have a Great Dane, I might just slip him an extra piece of bacon.” States Dean who loved and misses the breed.

Great for parties of all ages and sizes, Poor Red’s is an About Town Deb #DebsPick!

“Come early, come hungry!” – Dean Hiatt, Executive Chef.

Thank you to Poor Red’s! If you’d like more information, you can visit their website at PoorReds.com.

 

Poor Reds BBQ

 

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Take Flight with Vino Volo

I’ve met many a traveler who rolls their eyes at the prospect of having an extended layover at an airport.

I can’t blame them—reaching their final destination often time means reconnecting with loved ones or disconnecting from work. But when you visit any number of airports you can find a hidden gem called Vino Volo—a boutique food and wine bar that serves as the perfect location to begin your journey.

Aptly named “Wine Flight”, the company originated in San Franciso in 2004, and serves by the bottle, glass, or flight. I visited their Reno/Tahoe Airport location recently, where they feature a beautiful market serving salads and sandwiches made from locally sourced produce.

I was delighted to see many of my local favorites served, including freshly ground HUB Coffee, made with a coffee machine flows in from Florence, Italy, and a generous selection of Davidson Tea. Their wine selection features local vineyards such as Nevada Sunset, Andis from Amador, Boeger, Lava Cap & Madrona from El Dorado California. They strive to comprise their list of 40-50% of wines local to the region to give visitors a taste of their new surroundings.

My wine pick of the day was the Andis Cabernet Sauvignon Blend “Painted Field”—an incredible wine with amazing flavor. I would also be remise if I didn’t mention the perfect snack for your carry-on bag, which is, of course, Kimmie Candy’s & Tahoe Trail Bars!

The menu and wine list, coupled with their excellent customer service makes Vino Volo a definite #DebsPick!

Special thanks to the wonderful Valerio Mariani, General Manager, for taking the time to walk me through all of their offerings. Valerio grew up in Milan, Italy and spent 8 years in Canada before moving to Reno. When asked what his favorite wine is, he confessed that it is a dry Lambrusco—a sparkling red from Modena, and a pick shared by his dear grandmother.

I look forward to learning more about Valerio when he joins me for an upcoming #DebsDestination trip to explore the Sierra Foothills, El Dorado Wine Country, and Amador!

Let the adventure continue!

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El Dorado Wine Country Passport Weekend

This is a must attend and a AboutTownDeb favorite El Dorado event! April 6th-7th.

Debbie will be there both weekends and would like to offer you a discounted code so you can get your tickets. If you purchase them before the March 15th you will save even more.
Let’s the adventure begin.

Use the exclusive About Town Deb Promo code ATD19

 $5 off any passport tickets except designated driver.
Tickets and information:
Imagine tasting rich earthy reds and fresh crisp whites together with innovative winemakers surrounded by dramatic outdoor settings. El Dorado wine region, one of the most diverse wine designations in California, will roll-out the best of its unique character for two consecutive weekends in April during Passport 2019 – April 6th & 7th and April 13th & 14th.

Over 20 wineries tucked into high elevation vineyards, along the famed Apple Hill region, and in rustic historic towns, greet passport holders with the region’s unique brand of hospitality. Winemakers and winery owners bring out limited bottlings, obscure varietals, music, food affinities and surprises during two dynamic weekends.

This event only happens once a year, so be sure to choose your Passport ticket level here and enjoy an exclusive tasting adventure designed to satisfy your inner wine adventurer.

New Year! New Adventures

Debbie McCarthy, better known as About Town Deb, has spent the last several years embracing her passion for wine, food, and travel throughout Northern Nevada, California, and beyond. Documenting her experiences and sharing them with her community on social media has sparked a new joy in Deb, and she looks for every opportunity to bring new friends into her family.

 

Deb has seven years of experience in radio media, working with America’s Matters Media and Easy 104.1. She also co-founded and contributed to a womens lifestyle magazine featuring elements of travel, wine, fashion, health, and fitness. She is the recipient of several awards, including an ADDY award for video direction and the 2018 Sierra Nevada Powerful Women award, and is involved in numerous organizations.

 

After spending much of her life caring for others as a wife, mother, daughter, and servant to her church, Deb found happiness in discovering new sides of herself at the age of 50. On the heels of divorce, she dove heart first into her passions for photography and writing, and began focusing on the importance of self-care. Deb finds travel and experiencing new flavors, cultures, and communities to be one of the greatest loves of her life, in addition to her two children and her family.

 

Deb has opened her heart and her life to those who share her love for experience new foods, and places, and she has formed lifelong friendships with the people behind many of Northern California’s best wineries and destinations. Her “Deb’s Picks” signify what she loves most in food, culture, wine, and travel, and she hopes you will share these experiences with her!

Falling in Love with Saluti Cellars

As the saying goes, life is what happens when you’re busy making plans. For Tina and Randy Rossi of Saluti Cellars, their venture into being a choice wedding venue in the Northern California
El Dorado wine country showed up on their unfinished doorstep over
10 years ago.

“We were pouring cement, and a woman showed up and asked to have her wedding on the property,” recalls Tina. “We were probably two years away from being ready, but she had it all planned out in her mind.” So Tina and Randy went ahead and made arrangements for it to happen, and the bride was thrilled.

Weddings have been a regular occurrence at their 250-acre canyon

vineyard ever since, with many of those couples returning with their growing families.

“Randy and I are very involved with every single bride and groom,” Tina explained of their business philosophy. “We know their families, they come back and visit us.

We have life-long relationships with them.”

Their commitment to their guests is second only to their commitment to their community. One of their largest events each year is a law enforcement appreciation night. Randy, a 30-year veteran of law enforcement, and Tina, having a long career on the administrative side of law, met while working in the field and continue to share a strong bond with first responders, including firefighters.

They were happy to have been able to help when a large fire impacted the community around them, by providing shelter for displaced horses during evacuations, and by allowing fire personnel to stage their response efforts on their property and use the water from their lake to help battle the flames. These are just two examples of their love for their community and the people
who come to share in their enjoyment of the area.

While weddings and events keep them plenty busy, their property allows for so much more than a walk down the aisle. Saluti Cellars is, first and foremost, a vineyard, yielding between 1,200 and 1,500 cases of wine per year. Their wine is known for its bold, yet smooth, handcrafted flavors and has won numerous awards, including four Double Gold medals and numerous Gold.

“We make wine how we like it,” Randy said of their views on developing their products. “It may not be the way the next person likes it, and that’s ok. We just make wine that we enjoy and that we find our club

members enjoy.”

Saluti also boasts a beautiful bed and breakfast with three separate suites to accommodate a total of six people, perfect for an intimate weekend getaway with family or friends. Guests can expect to feast on meals made from ingredients grown on the property, including organic vegetables, cage free eggs, and beef and lamb raised and cared for on site.

“Everything we try to do here is as environmentally friendly as possible,” Randy explains. “That’s why we have caves to store the wine and avoid using harsh chemicals to treat the barrels or sanitize equipment.”

In fact, Saluti has received awards for being “Fish Friendly Farming,” which denotes that any runoff they have doesn’t negatively impact their ponds or the fish that live in them.

Their solid commitment to the environment and reducing their carbon footprint includes serving the needs of their property through the utilization of solar energy, a gravity fed water system using a large lake on the property, and electric powered vehicles and forklifts.

Guests with electric vehicles also have access to two charging stations to power up while they enjoy the beautiful scenery and atmosphere of

the property.

Things have certainly come a long way since that first bride saw the potential in Saluti Cellars. As Tina and Randy reminisce about how ill-prepared they were for the event at the time, Tina can’t help but laugh.

“We must have done something right,” she said. “Because they came

back and did their 10-year vow renewal this year.”

For more information on everything Saluti Cellars has to offer,

visit their website at saluticellars.com.