Wine tasting in Grass Valley

VISIT GRASS VALLEY’S DOWNTOWN tasting rooms, where you can sip award-winning wine in restored Gold Rush-era buildings. You also can visit destination wineries throughout the foothills.

AVANGUARDIA WINES
Taste wine on the cutting edge of the blending craft in an historic building. Italian, French, Georgian and California grape varieties, all grown in an estate vineyard. 209 W. Main St., GV. 274-9911 AvanguardiaWines.com

SIERRA STARR VINEYARD
Enjoy Sierra Starr’s wines in a restored 1850s- era building. The interior features a custom bar and hand-painted mural of their vineyard. Also a gift shop. Wines include Chardonnay, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and blends, largely from estate-grown grapes. Wine and cheese pairing events. 124 W. Main St., GV. 477-8282 SierraStarr.com

SMITH VINEYARD
Smith renovated a building from 1871 into a spectacular wine tasting room. Music on Satur- day nights. Featuring local artwork and cheese plates from Back Porch Market. The tasting room is open Wednesday-Monday and closed Tuesdays. The vineyard is open Saturdays in October on Dog Bar Rd. from noon-4 p.m. 142 Mill St., GV. 273-7032 SmithVineyard.com

Destination Wineries

BENT METAL WINERY
Just three miles from downtown Grass Valley, Bent Metal has sweeping views of the Sierra from a picnic area and comfortable Adirondack chairs. Casual and friendly. 14364 McCourtney Rd., GV. 559-9533 BentMetalWinery.com

MONTOLIVA VINEYARD & WINERY
Less than 10 minutes from the junction of I-80 and Colfax on scenic Hwy. 174, Montoliva is a quick detour for travelers zipping along the interstate from Reno or Sacramento. Montoliva is mentioned in the new book, Native Wine Grapes of Italy. 15629 Mt. Olive Rd., Chicago Park. 346-6577 Montoliva.com

NAGGIAR VINEYARDS
Naggiar’s Mediterranean-style wine tasting room is set amid 60 acres of vineyards. 18125 Rosemary Ln., GV. 268-9059 NaggiarVineyards.com

PILOT PEAK VINEYARD & WINERY
Pilot Peak’s terraces offer commanding views of the surrounding hillsides. Complimentary wine tasting with appetizers. Open year- round. 12888 Spenceville Rd., Penn Valley. 432-3321 PilotPeakWinery.com

SOLUNE WINERY
Surrounded by pine and cedar trees, the winery is a charming old-style red barn. An idyllic, tree-shaded picnic spot. 16303 Jewett Ln. (Colfax Hwy.), GV. 271-0990 SoluneWinery.com

BEAR RIVER WINE TASTING
Sip wine from Sierra Knolls Winery in a relax- ing tasting room just off Hwy. 49 between Auburn and Grass Valley. Also a gift shop. Dog friendly. The adjacent Jardin del Rio farmstand is open weekends in summer.
10024 Linnet Lane, Auburn. 269-2327
SierraKnollsWinery.com

(Photo: Kial James)

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