Grape Expectations: Wine predictions for the New Year

MORE “20-SOMETHING” WINE DRINKERS Millennials are drinking more wine than Boomers. One estimate predicts that millennials will hold the largest share of U.S. wine consumption in 2026. “Millennials have shown limited interest in the lowest-price wine segment, and as a result they made an outsize contribution to the growth of premium wines,” according to L.E.K. […]

Sierra Starr’s Cab Franc receives more honors

Sierra Starr’s newest “Rising Star” Cabernet Franc release, for 2014, has received a 90 point score from Wine Enthusiast magazine. The wine also earned an “Editor’s Choice” award, defined as a “product at any price with unique qualities that merit special attention.” Our magazine highlighted Sierra Starr’s Cab Franc in an articled titled “Cab Franc: […]

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 […]

Nevada City Winery: Rebirth of a classic

NOW IN ITS 37TH YEAR, NEVADA CITY WINERY is tightly connected with the town that it proudly displays on its label, as well as the history of modern-day winemaking in the foothills. Founded in a garage on the outskirts of Nevada City, the winery moved to its present location in 1982, the Miners Foundry Garage […]

Cab Franc: “The next big thing” in Sierra Vintners’ wines

“THE ERA OF CABERNET FRANC is nearly upon us,” Wine Spectator Associate Editor Ben O’Donnell wrote in February. “That’s the conclusion I reached after visiting wineries on both coasts last year and imbibing at not a few of Instagram’s most trending wine bars. Reader, the excitement is palpable and the smell of pepper-bramble-tobacco-olive is in […]