Smith Vineyard’s owners retiring: closing winery and tasting room but selling grapes to other winemakers

Editor’s note: We received this email from Smith Vineyard this afternoon. Wishing Gary and Chris Smith a happy retirement! Re: Smith Vineyard Retiring the Winery and Tasting Room. To: Our Wine Club Members, Downtown Neighbors and Valued Customers Someone once said that “drinking good wine, with good food, in good company is one of life’s most […]

Sierra Starr’s 2015 harvest: “One for the record books”

The 2015 growing season has been one for the record books as far as Sierra Starr Vineyard & Winery in Grass Valley is concerned, according to vineyard manager and co-winemaker Jackson Starr. Despite widespread reports of California grape yields being down as much as 50 percent in some cases, Sierra Starr enjoyed perhaps the most […]

Sierra Vintners report early bud break: two weeks ahead of last year

“Ah, it’s that beautiful time of year again- skies are blue, the air is mild, the trees are blooming…wait- what?! It’s only mid-February!” according to Naggiar Vineyard’s blog. “While parts of the country are buried several feet deep in snow with more on the way- um, sorry East Coasters?- we have been enjoying a particularly […]

Sierra Starr Winery hosts a harvest party on September 20

Sierra Starr Vineyard and Winery is hosting a Harvest Party open house and wine-club pick up on September 20 as its wine-grape harvest gets fully underway. Visit the Grass Valley winery and see how Sierra Starr’s highly acclaimed wines are made. “See the sights, smell the amazing smells and maybe participate in the winemaking process […]

Bud break at Sierra Vintners’ wineries

As the weather warms, the vineyards begin to wake up from their dormancy and green shoots “break” through to begin their growth cycle. “Alas, the vines have beaten me to spring break,” says Naggiar’s winemaker Derek Irwin. “The vines have been whooping it up,” he adds. “We are 2-3 weeks ahead of schedule, which on […]