Wine and Food Pairings abound in April in Nevada County

Spring has sprung, and with it has come a plethora of opportunities to enjoy some truly exceptional wine and food throughout western Nevada County.

Photo submitted by Jackson Starr

Photo submitted by Jackson Starr

Sierra Starr Spring Wine and Food Pairing
Saturday, April 8
12-4 p.m.
124 W Main St., Grass Valley

Sierra Starr winery will be hosting their annual Spring Wine and Food pairing event, matching traditional spring dishes with award winning wines. Examples of dishes include Ham and Zinfandel, and Scalloped Potatoes and Chardonnay, featuring some locally grown items including local ham. The Starrs invite you to come by and get some tips to plan your spring holiday party.

This event costs only $5 for general public and $3 for wine club members. For more information, call (530) 477-8282 or visit their website.


Twelve28 Kitchen Winemaker’s Dinnertwelve28
Monday, April 17
6 p.m.
10118 Commercial Ave., Penn Valley

Twelve28 Kitchen will be hosting their first ever winemaker’s dinner featuring the gourmet creations of chef Zach Sterner with the winemaker Brian Brakesman of Red Thread and Summit Lake Vineyards of Napa Valley. The first course will consist of local strawberries, buttermilk panna cotta, rhubarb gelee, micro arugula and black pepper breadcrumbs paired with a 2016 white zinfandel. The second course will include pappardelle paste with sautéed morel mushrooms, English peas, fava, house cured and smoked bacon, lemon, and grated cured farm egg served with a 2012 zinfandel. The third course is red wine braised short ribs, Yukon gold potato gratin, broccoli rabe, and black truffle herb jus cleverly paired with a 2014 Red Thread blend. For dessert, chef Zach has created a raisin date cake with orange chocolate mousse and bittersweet chocolate ganache bombe to be enjoyed with a 2006 Zinfandel port.

This event is $95 per person and has very limited seating. To purchase tickets, go to and type winemaker’s dinner, Penn Valley in the search bar, or call (530)446-6534 for more information.


Nevada City Winery’s Winemaker Dinner
Saturday, April 22
6 p.m.
325 Spring Street, Nevada City

NC Winery Syrah 2012Join Winemaker Mark Foster from Nevada City Winery in the Stone Hall of the Miners Foundry for a Winemaker Dinner catered by Farm to Table Catering. It will be an elegant evening of fine dining and special wines.

The meal will feature Library and current release wines, giving diners the chance to taste the evolution of the wines. It will be a six-course meal with the wines spanning the vintages from 2008 through 2015.

The meal begins with North Coast Brut paired with Northern California Caviar topped with crème fraiche on Truckee Sourdough rounds and culminates with Dulcinea, a fortified dessert wine, accompanied by Dulcinea Truffles made by the Nevada City Chocolate Shoppe. In between there will be pan-seared scallops, wild mushroom pasta, duck two-ways, braised short ribs, and a cheese course. Wines will be Chardonnay, Sangiovese, Zinfandel, Syrah, and Petit Verdot.

Winemaker Mark Foster and Chef Carlos Trujillo worked closely planning a menu to showcase the wines.

Music will be provided throughout the evening by Paul Ong.

Cost is $100 per person. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Contact the winery, 530.265.9463 (WINE), to reserve.


Naggiar Vineyards Six Course Wine and Food Pairing ExperienceNaggiar-Vineyards-Winery
Sunday, April 23
2-4 p.m.
18125 Rosemary Lane, Grass Valley

Engage your senses with a memorable food and wine pairing experience in Naggiar’s elegant dining room. Guests will taste several wines and sample them alongside gourmet hors d’oeuvres. The tasting and pairing experience will be guided by one of Naggiar’s knowledgeable wine hosts and will be an enjoyable way to learn all you want to know about grapes, vineyard, the wines and how they complement different foods.

This intimate tasting is limited to only 20 people so reserve your spot today! The cost is $40 for Root 49 wine club members and $45 for the general public. Tickets can be purchased in the Naggiar tasting room, by calling (530) 268-9059, or through the online registration link on their website.