Tasting notes: Sierra Starr, Naggiar, Smith, Pilot Peak and Bent Metal

NAGGIAR VINEYARDS Naggiar is offering fully guided tours of its vineyard and winery in a new electric shuttle on weekends. SIERRA STARR’S GOLD MEDALS The winery has won double-gold or gold medals for most of the wines it has entered in tasting competitions this year. Sierra Starr won a double-gold for its 2012 Cabernet Franc […]

Wine tasting in Grass Valley

VISIT GRASS VALLEY’S DOWNTOWN tasting rooms, where you can sip award-winning wine in restored Gold Rush-era buildings. You also can visit destination wineries throughout the foothills. AVANGUARDIA WINES Taste wine on the cutting edge of the blending craft in an historic building. Italian, French, Georgian and California grape varieties, all grown in an estate vineyard. […]

Naggiar: “Double Gold” medals, winter food & wine events

“AMERICA’S FAVORITE RESTAURANT,” says Open Table, “is at a winery.” St. Francis Winery in Sonoma recently was named the county’s favorite restaurant by the online reservations service, beating out The French Laundry in Napa and others. The honor underscores the growing influence of destination wineries that provide exquisite food-and-wine pairings, remarkable views and stylish tasting […]

“An Evening with John Pugh” at Avanguardia Winery tasting room in Grass Valley on Saturday

From Avanguardia Winery: Come and enjoy ” An Evening with John Pugh “, Saturday, November 12, between 4-7 pm at the Avanguardia Tasting Room, 209 W. Main St., Grass Valley. There is no charge and your hosts will provide light appetizers and tastes of specialty wines. If you missed meeting John in 2009 when he […]

New wine bar planned in Grass Valley

Here’s a FoodWineArt magazine scoop: It’s hard to keep a secret when you put a big sign in the window about your business — though there’s not much “gumshoe” reporting going on anymore. As it turns out, Pilot Peak Winery and Solune Winery — two of the county’s popular wineries — have a big sign […]