The Big Crush

THIS YEAR’S WINE GRAPE HARVEST HAS been a celebratory one, thanks to a “picture-perfect” growing season. It included abundant rainfall in winter followed by endless days of sunshine and moderate temperatures in spring and summer. “The grapes hung on the vines and gained flavor and complexity without being pushed beyond ripeness by excess heat,” Jackson […]

Nevada City Uncorked on August 25: Wine, Food & Historic Flavor

NEVADA CITY’S VICTORIAN ELEGANCE presents the perfect backdrop to showcase Nevada City Uncorked, an annual celebration of wine and food, on August 25. Uncorked is a sip-and-stroll event that includes 17 venues featuring local food purveyors and wineries. Each venue, whether it’s a historic location, winery, art gallery, inn, restaurant, shop, or secret hide-away, includes […]

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: […]

Sierra Starr wins multiple gold and double gold medals for its wines this spring

By Sierra Starr It is with great excitement that we share some of the recent high honors and accolades Sierra Starr has received. Our hand-crafted wines have been recognized in several important competitions and won high marks from major industry publications. Despite a very competitive field, 5 of the 6 wines we entered won Gold […]

“Gen Wine”: More millennials drinking wine instead of beer

WE REGULARLY VISIT OUR REGION’S wineries to sip new varietals, taste from the barrel and meet with winemakers. We also enjoy meeting other winery guests. Though most of them are retirees, or boomers like ourselves, we notice more millennials at local wineries and tasting rooms. We’ve run into these unpretentious and adventurous wine drinkers at […]

Sierra Starr’s winemaker hosts a local wine professionals roundtable

LIKE A LITERARY ROUNDTABLE, a new generation of wine professionals in our region have been meeting regularly to taste wine and share their experiences. Each month, Sierra Starr winemaker and sommelier Jackson Starr hosts a gathering at the winery’s tasting room in downtown Grass Valley. The group includes Dawn Empson, chef and head of the […]

Tasting Notes: Sierra Starr celebrates 20th harvest, Nevada City Winery turns 35, winery dogs

CALIFORNIA STATE FAIR WINE WINNERS Gold-medal winners in the 2015 California State Fair Wine Competition included Avanguardia (Premiato), Double Oak Vineyards & Winery (Chardonnay), Le Casque (Sergent Dessert Wine), Mt. Vernon Winery (Cabernet Franc), Naggiar Vineyards (Sangiovese) and Nevada City Winery (Barbera). Medal winners also included Avanguardia (silver, two bronze), Ciotti Cellars (silver, bronze), Le […]

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 […]

Vintners predict quality wines from grape harvest

THIS YEAR’S WINE GRAPE HARVEST began early. Deploying little more than a pair of well-sharpened shears, the vintners, laborers and volunteers fanned out into the vineyard, hand harvested the grapes, put them in bins (or lugs) and hauled them off to the winery on a big tractor. The freshly picked grapes were sorted for quality, […]

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 […]

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