Pride in the grape |

Pride in the grape

A local winery is using a nearby organization that employs handicapped adults to create specialty labels for its handcrafted wines.

Mike and Diane Naggiar, owners of Naggiar Vineyards in the Wolf Road area of southern Nevada County, will be releasing three new blends at the end of this month.

The tags that hang from the bottles, printed at Auburn Printers, were placed by employees of PRIDE Industries office in Auburn.

“We needed somebody to put all these tags on, and the printer suggested the handicapped could do the work, and we thought why not, because we like to have the locals to the work and we wanted to help,” Diane Naggiar said.

“Collaborating with PRIDE on this project benefited everyone involved,” said Merrill Kagan-Weston, of Auburn Printers.

The nonprofit PRIDE Industries, funded in 1966, is the leading employer of people with disabilities in the nation with 4,000 employees involved in manufacturing and other activities. An office also is in Grass Valley.

The Naggiars first had tags placed through PRIDE for a custom batch of reserve syrah around Christmas, Naggiar said.

Their three new blends all are made from grapes grown on site and fermented in small batches. They will number only in the hundreds of cases ” but it was a significant task to have the card-stock, specialty printed labels placed on each flask.

The wines are Il Nonno (meaning “grandfather” in Italian), a blend of Italian reds; Le Grand Pere (meaning “grandfather” in French), a French Rhone blend; and La Bete Noire (meaning “the black beast” in French), a blend of petite sirah, malbec, mourvedre and syrah.

The Naggiars started in 1997 with 30 acres of grapes they sold to a single vintner in Napa County. Now, they have 62 acres, and though they continue to sell to both Napa and Nevada County wineries, they keep about 20 percent of the grapes for themselves, Naggiar said.

They started making wine about five years ago and produce about 2,000 cases yearly, she added.

To contact City Editor Trina Kleist, e-mail or call 477-4230.

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