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Outpouring of support: Time to take in local wines

As we begin to enter another political season, I would hate to appear biased in print.

Some may have surmised by my column last week that I favored beer because of the topic matter — the Great Prospector Beer Run.

So in the interest of impartiality, I will dedicate this week’s column to wine, for which I’m equally an advocate.

With harvest upon us in the Sierra foothills region, now is as good a time as any to appreciate the hard work, long hours and dedication to quality the local winemakers have when crafting their award-winning varietals. Our region is starting to catch the attention of critics and consumers across the state and beyond. If you haven’t visited a local winery or tasting room recently, now is the time.

And the good news is that this weekend, there are lots of opportunities to enjoy local wines around the area, beginning with the First Friday ArtWalk in Nevada City. Several stores, restaurants, and wineries will have featured artists on site showcasing their work. Stroll around town, enjoying a more relaxed atmosphere than the larger street festivals of summer.

Saturday, Nevada City Uncorked returns for another year of wine tastings, pairings and food. The event, sponsored by Sierra Vintners and Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, will feature 18 wineries and two breweries. Read more about it on Page 6, or go to http://www.nevadacitychamber.com/.

If you prefer a more low-key setting, Lucchesi Vineyards and Winery hosts live music in its downtown Grass Valley tasting room Fridays and Saturdays. This week, hear Jonathan Meredith Friday evening from 6 to 9 while sipping a glass of wine. Or stop in Saturday for Pre-Existing Conditions, a trio, set to perform from 6 to 9 p.m. as well.

Smith Vineyards Tasting Room, also on Mill Street in Grass Valley, hosts live music from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturdays.

Naggiar Vineyards in South County has live music each weekend and will soon wrap up its SummerFest Series of local music and larger tribute band acts. Learn more at http://www.naggiarvineyards.com/, or keep an eye on upcoming stories in Prospector.

With harvest upon the wineries, fall celebrations are soon to follow. Many local wineries host events at their vineyards. First up will be Sierra Starr Winery with a Harvest Party and Open House, Sept. 20. Learn more in an upcoming issue of Prospector, or visit http://www.sierrastarrwine.com/sierrastarrwine/.

The good news? This is only a handful of what’s happening in our local wine region. The bad news? I couldn’t get to it all. So you should! Get out and enjoy our local wineries. Learn more at http://sierravintners.com/.

Features Editor Brett Bentley can be reached at bbentley@theunion.com or by calling 530-477-4219.

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