May & June Events
June 21, 2018
Our June Membership Meeting and Wine Tasting will feature the wines of Montoliva Vineyard & Winery, and owner and winemaker Mark Henry will speak as we pour his fine Spanish Style Wines. Please plan on joining us for a fun and informative time.
Greg Ross captured the night with Best of Show,
Best White Wine, and 4 Golds for his 4 entries
Our 2018 homemade wines competition was a great success with a huge improvement in wines over the previous year. This year there were many more wines from Nevada Grapes, and very surprisingly the Gold Awards went exclusively to Nevada grown grapes. We had fewer entries at this year’s competition, but the returning judges thought that the quality of wine was much better. Hopefully we can take a small amount of credit for helping the local winemaking community improve their craft with our educational outreach.
Twenty-one wines received ribbons; two double gold, four gold, nine silver, five bronze, and also an honorable mention. Of the gold awards, four were Nevada whites; a Grüner Veltliner, a Riesling and two blends. Of the Nevada reds one went to a Frontenac and the other to a blend. All wine makers won at least one ribbon, and one winemaker took gold for each of his entries.
Greg Ross was the super star of the event, as he entered 4 wines and took 4 gold awards, including the Best of Show for his red blend and Best of Division for his white blend.
We hope to have more winemakers enter next year and look forward to even better wines. See the 2018 Awards here.
Wine Makers at our Reception
April 22, 2018
Members and your invited guests will be offered a wine and spirits tasting at Churchill Vineyards and Frey Ranch Distillery. April 22nd, 12:30 to 3 PM at 1045 Dodge Ln. Fallon, NV 89406. If you have guests that you would like to introduce to NV&W this would be a good event.
Ashley and Colby Frey will be sharing their fine wines and great spirits, and NV&W will be providing lite fare to accompany. This is a no charge event and members may bring guests. Be sure to provide your RSVP to Mary Sauvola, on Facebook, or here on our events page.
March 15, 2018
This month we are talking about and tasting green wines, but not in age or color, or even Irish wines. Join us for our March wine tasting with Rebecca Davidson, sommelier from Total Wines. Her topic of discussion will be “The World of Grains & Friendly Wines – Explore the differences between organic biodynamics and sustainable grape growing and wine production”.
She has selected five wines to taste that are from sustainable vineyards around the world. One each from Germany, France, Italy, South Africa, and lastly a Lodi Zin. This is a great selection of wines to treat your palate and expand your knowledge. How many have had a south African Chenin Blanc? No, so you will have to come to try it. As always there will be be appetizers or a lite fare to go along with the wine too hold you over, if you are planning a late dinner.
5:30 PM at The Wineries on 4th Street. 415 E. 4th Street, Reno NV. Members that bring a non-member guest in 2108 will taste for free.
Submit thru April 8
It’s time to get your entries submitted. Have your homemade wines judged by a professional and see how they stand up against the competition. You’ll receive feedback to help you improve your craft, and get a ribbon to display and to show to your friends when you serve them a glass of your award winning wine. Entries are accepted thru April 8.
– Mail to or Drop off at The Reno Homebrewer on 535 E 4th St Reno, NV 89512
– Drop off only at Just Brew It on 1214 N Carson St., Carson City, NV 89701
All bottles must be labeled with the competition label and accompanied by the entry form. Pay here (preferred) or by check (enclosed in envelope and securely taped to one of the bottles). The first entry is $15 and then $10 for subsequent entries.
March 23, 2018
Nevada Vines & Wines is joining the Sparks Kiwanis for a very special fundraiser to support their child safety programs. Appetizers will be paired perfectly with beverages from Nevada’s BEST wineries, distilleries and brew houses. Pairings are provided from TMCC and Job Corps Catering programs and others. Kiwanis Club of Downtown Sparks is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization(88-0484220)
Basin and Range Wines, Reno’s newest, has bottled their 1st wines
Reno’s newest urban winery, Basin and Range Wines, bottled its first wine on Saturday (Feb 17, 2018) after several years of hard work and at least that many years of struggling with the legislative system. Owners Wade Jonston and Joe Bernardo contracted a mobile bottling plant to come to Reno and perform the job in just a day. The Brianna, a white wine grape, was grown in Nevada and the wine will be available soon to taste and buy at their 415E 4th location. Two red varietals Frontenac and St. Croix will be bottled in the near future. See the fuller story and more photos on Grape Basin News.
Chocolate & Wine Pairing
February 15th, 5:30 PM at 4th Street Wineries
We will be pairing great wines and bubbles from the “Boisset Collection” with your Valentines favorite food, Chocolate. This is a great opportunity to do something special, but reasonable without the crowd of Valentines Day. Allison Robinson of Wine Tahoe will be our host and as always you will surely enjoy her presentation. A donation of $10 for members and $15 for non-members is asked for this special tasting (see website for the 2018 pricing changes and the opportunities to taste for free). Besides chocolate there will be lite appetizers for those that haven’t had an evening meal. Please bring a friend and enjoy your other NV&W friends at this special social event at 415 E 4th St, Reno.
New Nevada Winery in Henderson
We are excited to tell you that our dream of Nevada having its own wine presence is continuing to come true. Recently “Vegas Valley Winery“ opened its doors at 7360 East Gate Road #123, Henderson, Nevada 89011, and it appears by the Grand Opening that they are going to have a great following. In the last year we are aware of 4 new wineries opening in the state. (see our web page for links to all). When you are in the Vegas/Henderson area please stop by, taste their wine, and take some home.
NV&W Winter Happenings
- January 18th
Start the New Year off with our first tasting of the year. We know the holidays can be expensive, but you still need to treat yourself, so we have selected 5 wines to try that are 90 to 93 points and under $20 a bottle that you can find locally. Our tasting is at the 4th Street Wineries (415E 4th St, Reno) on Thursday Jan 18. 5:30 PM. A donation is requested and we will serve a lite fare that will hold you over, if you haven’t had dinner.
- February 15th
Join us for a special tasting. Allison Robinson of Wine Tahoe will be pouring from the “Boisset Collection” a comparison of offerings from the Burgundy Appellation as well as comparable wines from Northern California. Allison is a wine consultant and an ambassador for the Boisset Collection, and can help you with your individual or party/wedding wine needs. Donation requested.
- March 15th
Rebecca Davidson, sommelier from Total Wine, will hose the tasting and as always bring a great selection of wines to treat your palate and expand your knowledge. You might find some wines from California, France, Italy, or south of the equator, but all will be good. A donation is requested and as always there will be be appetizers or a lite fare to go along with the wine.
Help us with your tax deductible membership to Nevada Vines & Wines
Nevada Vines & Wines is a volunteer (none paid) organization and our board of directors and other volunteers work very hard to make a difference, but funding is limited. Your help has been instrumental in growing the wine making industry in Nevada in recent years and is still needed. Three years ago we help open up Nevada laws to allow wine production in Clark and Washoe and Counties. In 2016 we helped Washoe County implemented those changes in county ordinances, resulting in several wineries beginning the startup process. In 2017 three new wineries were established in Reno, with one opening for business in the summer and the other two opening for sales in April 2018. In the upcoming year we hope to encourage others to take the leap, resulting in more jobs and a stronger and more diverse Nevada economy. Help us make this happen by join us with a tax deductible membership. In addition to helping us fund our efforts, a membership allows you to:
- Enter your wines into our annual wine competition
- Participation in member’s only events
- Receive discount on our monthly wine tastings
- Participate in numerous events including our Backyard Vineyard Tour, Vineyard and Winemaking 101 classes, vineyard and winery trips and more.
- Participate in our year end holiday celebration
The website is ready to take your dues. A single membership is still only $25 and a family membership is $40. Pay with PayPal or Credit Card on our site, or print this form and mail it with your check.
Nevada Wine Academy
Joseph Bernardo and Bill Coplin will continue their ” Wine Academy” for a second year and NV&W is proud to continue to sponsor them. This supports our mission statement, to promote and expand the presence of vineyards and wine making in our community. The wine academy will be continuing the Adopt-a-Vine Program at Bill and Joe’s vineyards, and their school will be teaching from the basics of growing grapes to making the wine. Participants will manage a small portion of a vineyard and reap most of the benefits (wine). Instruction will be both in the classroom and in the vineyard, “from ground to vine, and from vine to bottle”. They welcome any and all who are interested in growing their own grapes or just making wine. All participants must be members of NV&W, or join when they begin classes.