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Thanksgiving Local Wine Deal

Friday, November 20th, 2015

Three bottles of Lucchesi wine to go with your Thanksgiving feast!  Chardonnay, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon.  33% off the regular price of $74!.  Visit the downtown tasting room before Thanksgiving for this amazing deal.


Wet and Wild Wine Trail

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Luckily the wines were better than the weather for the Sierra Vintners Wine Trail over the weekend of May 28th and 29th. Ominously the weather forecast had worsened the previous week and it was right on the mark as showers at Saturday lunchtime turned to downpours by 4pm!

Sunday was a better day, with a few showers at noon, clearing to an afternoon of sunshine, albeit with a sneaky cool breeze. Those who visited the Lucchesi vineyard on Sunday were treated to a grand view of the rolling foothills dappled with spots of sunshine under a threatening sky.

The weather might have put off a few people, but those who did brave the elements were treated to some excellent wines, some very pleasant food pairings, and some really awesome discounts on local wines (50% off at some wineries!).

Most of the wineries stated that business had not been brisk, but that it was steady over the 2 days.

Valentine’s Day in Nevada County

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

Wondering what to do for Valentine’s Day in Nevada County? This year Valentine’s Day is on a Saturday, so that makes for a fun full day or weekend! These are some of my ideas:

Go wine tasting. Tour our local vineyards dotted around the foothills for a tasty day and lovely scenery. Many of them are open to the public for wine tasting on weekends. Visit Northern Sierra Wine Country for information and maps.  Or, like the sound of wine tasting, but wishing to stay in town? The Lucchesi Winery tasting room in downtown Grass Valley is putting on a Valentine’s Day event. There will be wine tasting, music, hors d’oeuvres, chocolate, and flowers! Visit for details about this event.

For a romantic outdoor dining adventure, pack a creative picnic and head to the South Yuba River. Or if you prefer to go out to eat… In downtown Nevada City, try the fondue at Friar Tuck’s, Thai at Sopa Thai, or everything is good at the New Moon. In downtown Grass Valley, Italian always has a romantic flair, so go to Villa Venezia.

Whatever you plan to do on Valentine’s Day, there are many local shops with the Valentine’s Day gifts and treats you need. In downtown Grass Valley, stop in Dorado’s for chocolate, Foothill Flowers of course, Sierra Starr Winery for champagne, and Aimee Taylor’s on Mill Street has some unique jewelry, prints, and other gifts.

Pilot Peak Wine

Saturday, November 8th, 2008


Serving Pilot Peak wine

Serving Pilot Peak wine

Another in our random series of items that may make good gifts during the holiday season.  Today we’re looking at Pilot Peak, a local winery in Penn Valley that’s been crafting some really good wines in recent years and generating a fanatical following in the form of the “Peakers” wine club.


We stumbled on Pilot Peak by accident during one of the wine events and we’ve been going ever since.  We’ve also been taking people from out of town there because of the warm welcome these people get, and also because of the ambience.  They have created a small mediterranean garden that is just the place to enjoy the samplers, or, enjoy a whole bottle of the wine you liked best during the sampling!

And their wines?  They have a wide selection (see the wine list at with our personal favorites being their Cabernet Franc, Zinfandel and Viognier.  Alas the latter two were the favorites of so many people that the current vintages sold out earlier this year, but not to worry, the PrimoZin is an excellent substitution for the Zinfandel, and we know they have other wines coming in the future that will satisfy our Viognier habit.  

Anyways, we have often given bottles of Pilot Peak wine to people for occasions and have never had any hate mail sent back to us.  In fact usually we’re asked if “the winery will be open for tasting when we come”.  Now if someone asks us to tell us the dates the winery is open so they can plan their trip around them maybe we’ll get a little suspicious about why they are coming to see us….  We’ve also given the wine as corporate gifts too.

One word of warning, if you are sending the wine out of state, do check the rules on shipping.  Not all states welcome wine shipments from California!