Pilot Peak Winery: A destination winery in the foothills

THIS YEAR MARKS THE fifth annual release of wines at Pilot Peak Winery, one of the foothills’ premier destination wineries.

To celebrate, the winery has expanded its signature, flower-filled terraces, relocated the dance floor and added colorful landscaping.

The Penn Valley winery, on a hillside overlooking Pilot Peak, continues to offer varied events during the year.

During weekends, from noon to 5 p.m., Pilot Peak offers one of the most unique and complimentary wine tastings around—called “comparative tastings.”

Wines are served in flights of four with pairings, so you can compare and contrast the wines, as well as enjoy the co-owner. “We offer this opportunity to every visitor that comes to our winery.”

The wines include Grenache Rose, Viognier, Cabernet Franc, Grenache, LiVedo, Paramour, Syrah and Tempranillo. The winery’s Porta Joyas Syrah Port won Best of Class and the Judges’ Choice Awards in the 2010 San Francisco Chronicle wine competition.

“At Pilot Peak, we believe wine should be expeienced sitting down with the food, famiy and friends in a beautiful setting,” says Nancy Stevens, co-owner. “We offer this opportunity to every visitor that coes to our winery.”

Saturday Sunsets at the Peak are a crowd favorite, with live local music and reasonably priced food prepared by local restaurants and caterers.

The Saturday event is from 6-10 p.m.

“It’s important to support these local businesses, especially in this economy, and that‘s why we work closely with them on our events,” says co-owner Jacque Wilson.

Pilot Peak helped lead the effort to open the Grass Valley Wine Co. at 128 Mill St. in downtown Grass Valley.

“The new location offers access to our wines not only on weekends but during the week,” says winemaker and co-owner Lynn Wilson.

The best is yet to come, adds Len Stevens, the fourth partner in the winery. It recently changed its name to Pilot Peak Winery and Brewing Co. and plans to offer micro brews at its locations in the future.

Pilot Peak Vineyard & Winery
12888 Spenceville Road
Penn Valley
Pilot Peak.com

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