It’s 5 p.m., must be wine time |

It’s 5 p.m., must be wine time

Ken and Eileen Strangfeld grew up as high school sweethearts in the Bay Area.. In 2004, they fulfilled a long-time dream when they purchased the Deer Creek Bed & Breakfast Inn on Nevada Street in Nevada City. Ken, a former CPA, and Eileen, a writer, visited their first B&B 30 years ago and said, “some day we would like to do this.”

“We did as much research as we could, but I don’t think anyone really knows what they’re getting into when they buy a B&B,” Ken told me. One of the things they hadn’t anticipated was the wine adventure they were about to begin.

The previous owners of the inn had the custom of serving wine to their guests every evening. That was great, except the wine they served wasn’t very good. Ken discovered the Nevada City Winery and started serving wines from there. “It was really great,” Ken said, “to be able to say these wines are made right here in Nevada City.”

It wasn’t long before he realized there were more wineries in the area. He started bringing them into the inn, as well. “It was a real education for us,” Eileen said. “We drank wine before but we really didn’t start learning about it until we got here.”

Remarkably, they now offer a choice of about 40 local wines to their guests every night. Not only do they introduce their customers to our local wineries, they encourage them to visit the different tasting rooms, as well.

It was easy to see, as I watched Ken inform his guests Kevin and Frances Pullin about the wines, that he has a real passion for them. “The various flavors, the different varieties, they’re excellent,” he told. “Nevada County wines are just delicious to drink.”

The wines are available for sale, but The Deer Creek Inn has neither a bar nor a restaurant, so you can’t exactly just pop in for a glass. Your best strategy is to have someone you know stay there as a guest. That way, you can visit when they are there. Remember, at Deer Creek Inn when it’s 5 p.m., it must be wine time.

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