Tasting Notes: Nevada City Winery, Sierra Starr, Pilot Peak and Andis

NEVADA CITY WINERY’S FIVE NEW RELEASES The winery is releasing five new vintages this summer under winemaker Mark Foster, who is celebrating 40 years of winemaking. This includes grenache, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, zinfandel and Rough and Ready Red (a blend) — all for vintage year 2016. Foster and the winery also are releasing a […]

All in the Family

Meet some of them: fathers, sons, mothers & daughters who are coming together to help our “food, wine, art economy” prosper: THE GIARDINAS The family owns the Golden Era Lounge in downtown Nevada City, arguably the most inviting cocktail lounge in the footills. Golden Era is located in the old Cirino’s building on Broad Street, […]

Tasting Notes: Nevada City Winery, Sierra Starr and Avanguardia

FOOTHILLS CELEBRATION Now in its 17th year, the Foothills Celebration in downtown Grass Valley is one of the region’s premier wine and food events. On Saturday, March 3, from 1-4 p.m., participants gather to sip wine from foothill wineries while sampling chef specialties and sweets from local restaurants. One of the more decadent offerings has […]

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 […]

Sierra Starr: “Good yields and great quality” in this year’s harvest

Editor’s note: Sierra Starr Vineyard in Grass Valley filed this harvest report, further boosting our optimism for this year’s wine crop: “The 2013 harvest was a good one for Sierra Starr Vineyard. We experienced our first signs of version seven days ahead of 2012, so we knew that harvest dates would be in the area […]

A “Starr” Winery – a state-of-the-art facility is completed

FOOTHILLS WINEMAKERS continue to innovate despite a sluggish economy, signaling a bright future. Nowhere is this more evident than at Sierra Starr Vineyard & Winery in Grass Valley, which just built a new wine processing facility. “It’s among the newest, biggest and most energy efficient in the foothills,” says owner/winemaker Phil Starr. The state-of-the-art winery […]

Sierra Starr Winery is a rising star

PHIL AND ANNE STARR BOUGHT A small vineyard in Grass Valley in 1995, intending to move their flower nursery there from the Monterey area. But Phil, who spent most of his life in farming, couldn’t resist the lure of grape growing and winemaking. “There’s no other product like wine — in variety, complexity and its […]

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