Tasting notes: Sierra Starr, Naggiar, Smith, Pilot Peak and Bent Metal

NAGGIAR VINEYARDS
Naggiar is offering fully guided tours of its vineyard and winery in a new electric shuttle on weekends.
SIERRA STARR’S GOLD MEDALS
The winery has won double-gold or gold medals for most of the wines it has entered in tasting competitions this year. Sierra Starr won a double-gold for its 2012 Cabernet Franc at the Finger [...]

Amador Vintners: from “Roots to Wine”

AMADOR COUNTY’S MICRO-CLIMATES are as diverse as any in California, ranging from oak-studded hillsides at 900 feet to Sierra peaks that top 9,000 feet. Besides offering a year round playground—for cycling, hiking, fishing and other activities— the county’s terroir, climate and soils are ideal for growing premium wine grapes.
The majority of Amador’s 3,700 vine acres [...]

Food & Wine Festivals this summer in the Sierra Foothills and High Sierra

Here’s a sampling of food and wine festivals in our region this summer:
SIERRA VINTNERS SUMMER REGIONAL WINE TRAIL JULY 16 & SEPT. 24
A premier wine tasting experience from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on scenic backroads in Nevada and Placer Counties. The trail includes wineries that are relatively near one another, reducing the driving time. The wineries [...]

Smith, Sierra Starr, Avanguardia, Secret Ravine, and Amador wineries among big winners in State Fair Wine Competition

Foothills wineries won major awards at the prestigious, long-running California State Fair wine competition. Smith Vineyard’s 2013 Primitivo from Nevada County was named “Best in California” and “Best of Class of Region,” and it won a Double Gold medal. Smith also won a Gold for its Cabernet Sauvignon and a Bronze for its Merlot. [...]

Naggiar launching fully guided tram tours of its vineyard in June, a first in the foothills

Naggiar Vineyards in Grass Valley is launching fully guided, 13-person tram tours of its scenic vineyard starting in June in an ultramodern electric shuttle — a first in the Sierra foothills, our magazine has learned.
The informative vineyard tours — literally a “vine to wine” experience — further distinguishes the Sierra foothills as a premier “destination” for [...]

Sierra Vintners Wine Trails on May 14, July 16 and September 24

THE FOOTHILLS HAVE SOME ENJOYABLE wine trail experiences on “roads less traveled”: “Grape Days of Summer” in Placer County, “Big Crush” in Amador County, and “Passport” in El Dorado County, among others.
Sierra Vintners, which includes wineries in Placer and Nevada Counties, is offering three regional wine trail experiences in 2016— in May, July and September. [...]

Cooper Vineyards: A “Barbera” dollar bill started things

THE LATE ’60s AND ’70s LARGELY marked the start of Northern California’s modern winemaking era: Robert Mondavi opened his winery in Napa Valley, the Silverado wine trail was born, and California wines topped some of France’s finest in a blind tasting competition dubbed the “Judgment of Paris.”
The foothills also experienced a milestone in wine grape [...]

Andis Wines in Amador County

AMONG ALL FOOTHILL WINERIES, ANDIS WINES is one of the most stunning. It is a state-of-the-art winery with “green” design, panoramic views of the Shenandoah Valley and a 20-acre vineyard.
Most of the vineyard is zinfandel, planted in 1978. Andis also buys fruit from local growers. Andis’ estate-grown zin has won a double-gold and its sémillon [...]

Amador Vintners: Fine wine & scenic vineyards

AMADOR COUNTY’S MICROCLIMATES are as diverse as any in California, ranging from oak-studded hillsides at 900 feet to Sierra peaks that top 9,000 feet. Besides offering a year round playground—for cycling, fishing, skiing and other activities— the county’s terroir, climate and soils are ideal for growing premium wine grapes.
The majority of Amador’s 3,700 vine acres [...]

Tasting note: Smith Vineyard, Nevada City Winery, Montoliva, Bent Metal and Sierra Starr

What’s new at the wineries:
SMITH VINEYARD REUNITES WITH “AMIGO BOB”
Amigo Bob Cantisano, managing partner of the Heaven and Earth Farm on the San Juan Ridge, is one of the most influential figures in California organic agriculture. “Nature bats first and last,” Amigo Bob told The New York Times Magazine.
About 35 years ago, Amigo Bob, a [...]

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