Nevada City Uncorked — a wine, food, and historical experience |

Nevada City Uncorked — a wine, food, and historical experience

Jacques Mercier, Solune, at Broad Street Inn at last year's event.
Rod Byers |

Mark your calendars for Nevada City Uncorked, a unique wine and food tasting event, taking place on Aug. 29 in downtown Nevada City.

The town’s Victorian charm and historical architecture is the perfect backdrop to showcase Uncorked, a walk-about-town style format that includes 21 different venues featuring 19 wineries and two breweries throughout the downtown area.

Perhaps you’ve admired the Victorian grace of The Broad Street Inn, The Emma Nevada House, or The Madison House, or wondered what the Two Room Inn was all about? During Uncorked you can visit all these Broad Street B&Bs.

Nevada City Uncorked takes place in different types of venues offering an opportunity to see Nevada City from different perspectives. Some are doors you might walk through if shopping, others are doors you might seldom walk through at all.

Nevada City is loaded with historic spots. Nevada City businessman, John J. Jackson, claimed in a civic meeting in San Francisco that a meeting that took place at the National Hotel in 1898 was the creation of the Pacific Gas & Electric Company.

The National Hotel’s bar and upstairs hotel lobby remain must-see windows into Nevada City’s past. The view from their second-story balcony endures as one of the best of Broad Street.

During Uncorked you can browse the hotel lobby and take in the view from the balcony while enjoying prime rib sliders from Hoover’s Restaurant and sipping wines from Pilot Peak.

That is because each of the 21 different venues, whether it’s a retail shop, restaurant, winery, brewery, cheese shop, B&B, or historic location, will include wine or beer tasting and food sampling.

The event showcases the agricultural bounty of our northern Sierra Foothills region and encourages a farm-to-table connection between the local farmers and participating restaurants, caterers, wineries, and breweries.

Another venue is the current day version of J.J. Jackson’s, a unique merchandise and gift store that takes it’s name from John J. Jackson who operated the Bee Hive Grocery store on the same site.

At J.J. Jackson’s you can sip Double Oak Winery’s Best-of-the-Foothills (2015 California State Fair) Chardonnay and nibble on locally sourced savory tarts and pine nut soufflé made by Emily’s Catering and Cakes.

In one of history’s more tidy circles, Emma Nevada, considered one of the finest sopranos of the late 19th century, lived in the Emma Nevada House, sang her first solo concert in the Powell House, and later performed in the Nevada Theatre. All three historic buildings are venues this year during Uncorked.

Nevada City Uncorked is collaboration between the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce and the Sierra Vintners Association. In addition to pouring award-winning wines, 18 winery members of the Sierra Vintners Association will showcase their newest releases.

Many of the wines will be available for sale, purchased, then picked up later at the Uncorked Wine Store open that afternoon only.

Demonstrating the spirit of Uncorked, Matt Margulies, owner of Matteo’s Public, is partnering with Ol’ Republic Brewery and Family Friendly Farms to serve one of his signature dishes, Pulled Pork Tartine.

He roasts the pork for nine hours with Ol’ Republic’s Hell beer. In order to keep the sustainability cycle complete, Margulies recycles food scraps from the restaurant back to Family Friendly Farms.

Nevada City Uncorked is not the only wine activity coming up on your event calendar. This Saturday, the Sierra Vintners are holding their first-ever Roll Out The Barrels Wine Tour featuring barrel samples. It is a free event. Contact your favorite winery to see what might be planned.

The newly formed three-member group, Wine 174 is holding a progressive dinner on Sept. 12.

Solune, Montoliva, and Katoa Cellars are promoting their Peardale/Chicago Park subregion with appetizers at one, dinner at the second, and dessert at the third winery. Contact any of them for details.

Sept. 26 will be the third installment of the 2015 Sierra Vintners Regional Wine Trail. This time the trail winds through the southern region, featuring Bear River, Fawnridge, Lone Buffalo, Mt Vernon, Naggiar, Sierra Knolls and Viña Castellano.

Go to for Wine Trail information.

Nevada City Uncorked takes place on Aug. 29 from 1-4 p.m. Tickets are $35 in advance and $45 on the day of the event. The best insider deal is the $30 ticket for Wine Club members. Wine Club members of any of the participating wineries should contact their respective wineries directly to grab those.

Each Uncorked ticket includes a commemorative wine glass sponsored by Cheryl Rellstab, Keller Williams Realty, plus five food tickets.

As a further incentive, The Broad Street Inn is offering a free night’s stay at their 1870s Victorian B&B to the winner of the raffle for anyone buying Uncorked tickets before Aug. 15. Go to for a list of venues and participants. For tickets, contact the Nevada City Chamber Office at 530-265-2692. Purchase online tickets at

Whether it is a shady deck overlooking Deer Creek, a charming and peaceful backyard garden, one of the oldest wine bars in California, a crystal and glass shop, cheese producer, coffee roaster, or a view from the balcony, Uncorked offers a timeless and tasty view into the heart of Nevada City.

Rod Byers, CWE, is a Certified Wine Educator and wine writer as well as a California State Certified Wine Judge. He is the host of the local television show Wine Talk. You can find information about his Sierra College Wine Classes at and he can be reached at 530-802-7172.

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