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Biz Bits

Iron Mountain Vineyards, which recently had one of its wines honored at the California State Fair wine competition, has opened a new tasting room in one of the oldest buildings in Nevada City.

Mei-Lung Koch, co-owner of the 2-year-old winery with her husband, Eric, said they are moving the business from 315 Spring St. to the old Assay Office at 130 Main St. because they need more room and want more foot traffic.

The new tasting room, which will be open Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., has a Victorian theme with a fireplace and draperies. “We’re always trying to find something a little bit different,” Koch said.

Iron Mountain produces a Rhone blend, muscat canelli, syrah, zinfandel, and viognier wines. Its 2001 Syrah was awarded a bronze medal at the state fair competition.


If you need a flag from practically any country in the world, Flags and More in Grass Valley can get it for you, as well as flag poles up to 80 feet high from which to fly it. But owner Deanna Jordan Wood said you’ll have to wait for the new Afghan flag, and Iraq may be changing its national banner soon.

The recently opened store at 241 E. Main St. also offers military, nautical, civilian and decorative flags. The “More” part includes decorative items for the house, such as collectable ceramics, copper window boxes and planters, and weather vanes of “every flavor,” Wood said.

“Everything here is something that is basically personal,” she added. “This is like my home.” The store is open Monday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday by appointment.


Rick Kalb, a financial representative at Northwestern Mutual Financial in Nevada City, has been given a Court of the Table award for superior sales performance. He has been a member of Northwestern’s Million Dollar Round Table for 19 consecutive years.


Those sample ballots you received earlier this year that listed just the local issues and candidates you could vote for were made possible through the magic of variable data printing, a specialty of LectraMedia Inc. of Nevada City.

LectraMedia has the contract to print Placer County’s sample ballots, and its recently installed Digimaster black-and-white printing press individualized every one of them, said Teri Paulas-Bershaw, agency and broker liaison at the firm.

The firm also has a NexPress, which does digital dry ink printing suitable for personalizing those direct mail pieces that fill up your mail box. The firm is located at 650 Gold Flat Road, 478-8300.


Dr. David Kraus, a radiation oncologist at Sierra Nevada Cancer Center, has been appointed a cancer liaison physician for the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. The commission works with hospitals to ensure a high level of cancer care.

Kraus was selected by his peers as a national “Best Doctor” in 2001-02.


Foothill Grape Day, a day-long program designed to keep industry professionals up-to-date on wine grape practices and issues in the foothills, will take place July 14 at Gold Country Fairgrounds in Auburn.

Six educational sessions will feature University of California Cooperative Extension viticulture advisers from throughout the state. A wine tasting and lunch are included in the program.

The cost is $30, and reservations can be made by phoning 889-7385 or by going online at


Got area business news? Contact George Boardman at or 477-4236.

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