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.