There are so many great things about western Nevada County. The beauty, the arts, the people…but one of the best attributes, at least for wine lovers, is the number of award-winning wineries right here in our towns and the great events that they host throughout the year.
This weekend, there are two wine-themed events for you to choose from. Both events are taking place from noon-5 p.m. this Saturday, November 19, and no matter which you choose you are sure to be happy that you went!
Bottle Your Own at Nevada City Winery
Nevada City Winery will be holding its popular kick off for the holiday season, Bottle Your Own, from noon-5 p.m. this Saturday, November 19. Participants fill, cork, foil, and label their own wines. Winemaker Mark Foster and Founder Allan Haley have created two special blends, a Zinfandel and a Syrah.
The label continues the winery’s Artist Series for Bottle Your Own wines. This year, they are resurrecting vintage artwork from a late 1980’s “Chairlift Red” table wine, created by graphic artist Will Ashford.
The event is $5 per person but Wine Club members are free. The entry fee will include a gourmet soup bar with crusty bread, live music throughout the event by modern acoustic finger-style guitarist Forest Bailey, and No Hands Bridge, an acoustic vocal duo. And of course, you can Bottle Your Own 750ml bottle for $13, magnums for $26.
About Nevada City Winery
Nevada City Winery was founded in 1980 in a small garage on the outskirts of town, in 1982 the Winery moved to its present location, the historic Miners Foundry Garage, on Spring St in downtown Nevada City. Remarkably, the Winery is located less than two blocks from where the original Nevada City Winery stood over a century ago.
The Winery was begun by Allan Haley, a Nevada County native with a European wine education and a dream of bringing winemaking back to our region. In 1880 there were over 300 acres of grapes in the County. In 1980 when the Winery opened there was one small vineyard, recently planted. Twenty years later there are again well over 300 acres of grapes and the wine industry is flourishing once more.
Over the years Nevada City Winery has been recognized with numerous awards, including Best Zinfandel, Best Cabernet Franc, Best Syrah and Best Cabernet Sauvignon for the Sierra Foothill Region, awarded by the California State Fair.
Nevada City Winery is located at 321 Spring Street in Nevada City. To learn more, visit www.ncwinery.com.
Holiday Food and Wine Pairing event at Sierra Starr
Sierra Starr Vineyard & Winery will be hosting their annual Holiday Wine & Food Pairing from noon-5 p.m. this Saturday, November 19, at their Downtown Tasting Room.
This event will feature critically acclaimed and award winning Sierra Starr wines with Holiday favorites such as fresh cranberries, turkey & gravy and pumpkin pie.
Stop in to sample some fantastic varietals and let them assist you with your Holiday wine selections. “We love to help pair your Holiday favorites with just the right wine,” said Anne Starr. “Start off this festive season at Sierra Starr Vineyard & Winery.”
This event is complimentary for Wine Club Members, and $5 for the general public.
About Sierra Starr
According to their website, Sierra Starr Vineyard and Winery is a small vineyard and winery in the Sierra Foothills owned and operated by the Starr Family, Phil and Anne since 1995, and their son Jackson since 2005. Phil is the head honcho as he does just about everything. Anne operates the tasting room in downtown Grass Valley and runs the Sirius Sipper Wine Club. Jackson, joining the family business in December of 2005, is the Vineyard Manager and Assistant Winemaker. He also fills in where needed, assisting both his mother and father in day to day operations.
Why would anyone take on such a venture? The answer usually goes back to just pure love of the whole thing. The Starr’s bought an existing vineyard in 1995 with the intent of moving their flower growing nursery from the Monterey Bay area onto the vacant land on the parcel. The nursery didn’t move but Phil felt the challenge of grape growing and making fine wine was one that he couldn’t pass up. To say the least, it has consumed him.
The Sierra Starr Tasting Room is located at 124 W. Main Street in Downtown Grass Valley. To learn more, visit www.sierrastarr.com.