Monday, October 31, 2016

Feist Wines Celebrates Five Years of Winemaking - Sat Nov 5

Music, Pizza and Wine for Feist Wines’ 5th Anniversary

Saturday, November 5, 2016 from 1pm to 4pm Feist Wines in Sutter Creek is hosting an afternoon full of wine, music and farm to fork wood fired pizza to celebrate their fifth anniversary.  Winemaker Anthony Feist plays a mix of folk, rock and Americana.

The winery is owned by Anthony and Susan Feist who met on the crew team while at UC Berkeley.  The couple relocated to Amador County with their first three children in 2003 and have added two more since the winery opened.

Already wine fans and foodies, the two were drawn to the wine business in Amador.  Anthony worked in several cellars and Susan tasting rooms.  The two were partners briefly at the Imperial Hotel in Amador City.  Anthony was the chef with a strong commitment to farm to fork cooking and sustainably raised meats.  Susan left the hotel taking a position as the general manager of a winery in El Dorado County and Anthony returned to the cellar.

The couple decided to start Feist Wines, renting an old saloon building in Amador City for a tasting room. In March of this year they moved into a new space in Sutter Creek.  “We believe in the grapes of the Sierra Foothills” says winemaker Anthony. “They can make world class wines.”

A year ago the Feists added a new label, Noble Ranch.  The wines are vineyard designated and commemorate the stewardship of the land of Susan’s paternal great grandfather Edward B. Noble.

At the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Feist received gold medals for Barbera four years running and gold for Cabernet Sauvignon.  At the California State Fair Wine Competition double gold – best of class and 98 points for the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon and gold for the Barbera. At the the 2016 Amador County Fair they received double gold for the 2015 Feist Viognier, gold for the Cabernet Sauvignon, and gold for the Barbera.

Since the new location houses a commercial kitchen the couple have added a small menu to complement their wines.  They offer artisan cheeses, charcuterie and dessert by local pastry chef Ingrid Fraser when open and wood fired pizza on Friday nights starting at five pm as well as for events and concerts.  They are also planning a Saturday Supper Club with prix fixe menus.

The tasting room features music often from shows with the winemaker to ticketed concerts with notable artists such as Willie Watson, Sean Watkins and Mandolin Orange.  The couple’s fall and winter concert series kicks off November 11 with folk rock duo Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer.

The anniversary celebration will take place Saturday November 5 at the tasting room at 15 Eureka Street in Sutter Creek. Cost to attend is $15 and free to wine club members.  

Friday, October 21, 2016

Wood Fired Pizza Tonight at Feist! November Events, too...

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Wood Fired Pizza and South Sac Jooks this weekend at Feist!

Farm to Fork Wood Fired Pizza
Fridays 6 pm

This Saturday, October 15
Live Music and Pizza 1 pm to 4 pm
The South Sac Jooks

Save the Dates!

Farm to Fork Prix Fixe Dinner
Saturday, October 22
Margherita Pizza
Chopped Salad
baby romaine, radicchio, marinated chickpeas, salami and asiago
           Wood Fire Roasted Sonoma County Poultry Liberty Duck
with potatoes and wilted greens
Almond Cake by Ingrid Fraser
$53, includes gratuity
Wine Pairing available

Five Year Anniversary and Wine Club Party!
​November 5, 1 pm to 4 pm
Live Music with winemaker Tony Feist
Wood Fired Farm to Fork Pizza
Wine Tasting
$15, no charge to wine club members

Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer in Concert
November 11, 7 pm
“Dave and Mandy create a confluence of soulful lyrics,
musical chops and harmony in their music
that is as beautiful as it is thought provoking.”
-Willy Porter

Black Friday at Feist, November 25, 11 - 4
Live Music with Winemaker Tony Feist, Wood Fired Pizza
Case Discounts

Feist Wines
15 Eureka Street
Sutter Creek, California 95685

Monday, October 3, 2016

The Deaver Dish - October 2016


What's in this Issue

  • Ports on Parade
  • Harvesting at Night & Pictures

Ports on Parade Saturday, November 12th 1:00-4:00
Quick Facts:
6-7 Deaver ports opened and paired with savory & sweet small bites
Cigars for sale by "Smoke Signals"
Port glass to take home
$20/person general admission

You must sign into your Deaver account in order to receive your discounted tickets or if you would like either email us or give us a call and we would be happy to get your tickets for you. 
$12/person wine club 
Complimentary, port club and port option members (limit 2*)

Harvest Update & Pictures
Deaver started harvest about two weeks ago, and have a couple more weeks to go, maybe more if Mother Nature is kind to us (no rain).
Night picking is seems to be the new trend in Amador County but it has its roots in an age-old tradition.  Europe, Chile, and Argentina all harvest at night.  In the U.S., California, our largest grape producing state, harvests about two-thirds of its grape crop after the sun goes down.
Harvesting grapes at night allows the picking to occur when the temperatures are cooler. This is a benefit for workers, but it is also when the sugar levels in the grapes are more stable, the quality and acid levels are better, and there is less chance of spoilage. Plus, more tonnage can be picked and processed at night.

The benefits for the workers are great. Nighttime temperatures are much easier to work in than the hot 80 to 100 degree days during August thru October. Workers don't have to worry about bee stings and surprise snake encounters among the nighttime vines.

Night harvesting began in the U.S. in the early 1970’s but mostly for machine picked vineyards. Large Vineyards setup large spotlights in order to see at night but smaller vineyards like Deaver, use both lights mounted on tractors and give each worker a headlamp. Regardless of the lighting method used, the grapes and the workers are all fresher in the end.

               Deaver Zinfandel being picked late night & early morning 

We hope you enjoyed these pictures as much as we did!

Please remember: while on our grounds only consume alcoholic beverages purchased at Deaver Vineyards. This is a requirement of our ABC license. Visit our website for a complete calendar of events.
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Deaver Vineyards
12455 Steiner Road
Plymouth, California 95669
(209) 245-4099