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

NEVADA CITY WINERY’S WINE DOWN WEDNESDAY
The winery presents Wine Down Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. Visit during happy hour between 5-6 p.m. to get $1 off glasses of wine. Enjoy a glass of wine, Wheyward Girl Creamery cheese plate and live music. The winery will host “Conservations with a Winemaker” on Friday, August 24 during Nevada City Uncorked.

In addition, Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co. in Nevada City will be featuring Nevada City Winery’s 2015 chardonnay on its summer menu, another example of a local food and wine collaboration.

MONTOLIVA’S MOVIES IN THE VINEYARD
The winery features its annual Saturday Night Movies in the Vineyard series this summer, featuring a movie in a spectacular setting, pizza from Main St. Pizza in Colfax, and award-winning wine. The dates are July 7 (Sideways); July 21 (Robin Hood); August 4 (Mama Mia!) and August 18 (a “date night” movie). Montoliva specializes in award-winning Italian-style wines.

WESTWIND BRASS AT SIERRA STARR
Bring a picnic dinner, blankets or low folding chairs, sip Sierra Starr’s award-winning wine and enjoy the Westwind Brass at Sierra Starr under the stars on July 14. From rich Baroque sonorities of Handel and Back to contemporary and pop music to the jazz of Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk, you will hear a varied array of music.

Sierra Starr is pouring eight wines that have been awarded 90 points or more or “double gold” or “gold” in wine tasting competitions, including 2017 Solstice sauvignon blanc, 2015 Rising Starr cabernet franc, 2015 Super Nova petite sirah, 2014 Inertia (a Nevada City Winery red blend), 2014 Old Clone zinfandel, 2013 and 2014 Phil’s Selection zinfandel, and Aurora dessert wine.

CORK 49
A new wine and craft shop called Cork 49 is now open at 142 Mill St., the former tasting room of Smith Vineyard in historic downtown Grass Valley.

PILOT PEAK’S COMPARATIVE TASTING
The Penn Valley winery features comparative tasting, a private and relaxed tasting experience that allows you to savor, compare and contrast each wine. Wine enthusiasts sample a flight of Pilot Peak’s finest award-winning wines served four-at-a-time, in numbered glasses. A small plate of appetizers adds to the experience and provides the opportunity to appreciate the interactions created by the marriage of food and wine.

(Photo: Dan Senkbeil)

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