Message from the President:



Welcome to 2020!  The Roaring 20’s are back and Nevada Vines & Wines would like to wish each and every one of you a happy, safe and prosperous New Year.


Nevada Vines & Wines is excited to announce a new board member – Craig DeGiovanni, an exciting addition to the 2020 Board.   Two others were re-elected – myself as your President and Adrian Dyette.  Both of us were re-elected to the board for the next two years and hope to receive your support for the 2020 wine tastings and other events that are exciting and beneficial for the prospering wine industry in Nevada.

Nevada Vines & Wines would like to welcome a new 2-acre vineyard located in South Reno at Montreux on Bordeaux Drive.  Dennis & Tina De La Montanya are the owners and invited to speak at the February wine tasting on Thursday, February 13 in honor of Valentine’s Day with location TBD.  Nevada Vines & Wines is excited to launch the 2020 New Year with the De La Montanya presentation and tasting – welcoming both our new and returning members.

This is the time of year the vineyards are resting and storing up for great fruit development in anticipation of the 2020 harvest season.  Many of the viticulturists are preparing the vineyards for those juicy mouthwatering grapes to produce some fantastic wine making in the fall.

We would like to encourage all of our members to return as ambassadors for the roaring 20’s year and become actively involved.


I just returned from a road trip to Houston and in my travels witnessed many wine tasting rooms along the way in these Southern States.   It has become quite the nationwide industry with each state offering new wineries along the interstates for visitors and travelers to enjoy.  I stopped in Pahrump on the way back and visited 2 very interesting and diverse tasting rooms and toured an upcoming tasting room which will launch 1st quarter 2020.

Check out all of our Vineyards in the tour of our Passport and buy tickets on our ticket page   



Here are five of our favorites, but click on passport to see them all

Download Passport pdf

July Wine Tasting
Italian Isles
6 PM – July 18th
Tamarack Junction Casino

Premium Tasting

Our second premier wine tasting of the year will be at Tamarack Junction Casino, 13101 S Virginia St, Reno (conference area NW side past the Dining Car Restaurant). The Premium Tasting Events are FREE for AMBASSADORS. We have picked the wines and the Tamarack Chef will be preparing 4 bites to pair with our wines. For this tasting we will be pouring wines from the Italian Isles of Sardinian (Sardegna) and Siciliana (Siciliano or Sicilienne).

The Wines

  • Cantina Mesa – 2017 Vermentino di Sardegna DOC “Giunco”
  • Pala – 2015 Cannonau di Sargegna Riserva DOC
  • Passopisciaro – 2014 Passorosso Terre Siciliane IGP
  • Feudo Maccari – 2016 Feudo Maccari Nero d’Avola Terre Siciliane

See the Events page for pricing, payment, and to RSVP

Backyard Vineyard Tour
& Nevada Wine Celebration
August 3rd & 4th
2 Days – 22 Vineyards

Like the vineyards you’ll see (one with 6,000 vines) and Nevada-made wine you’ll taste, the 2019 Backyard Vineyard Tour (renamed “Tour de Vines & Taste de Wines”) is BIGGER, BETTER & BOLD

Now spread over 2 days (Saturday & Sunday), you’ll have more time to visit the vineyards which have been organized into 3 suggested routes: north, central and southern. As usual Sunday is the celebration where you will be able to taste scores of Nevada wine, but we’ve added a 2-hour Happy Hour on Saturday afternoon at various locations in Reno-Sparks from 4-6 PM.  The wine celebration on Sunday afternoon will be a monster Nevada-sized wine tasting party on the beautiful patio area at Tamarack Junction in So. Reno. All food & wine included
See the Tour Web Page for Times, Details and Pricing


The annual NV&W winemakers competition and the Vinny Awards Show were both great successes.  We had 30 winemakers and 113 wines in our competition, and this year we incorporated commercial winemakers for the first time.  Eighty-five percent of the wines received an award of bronze or better and only one individual didn’t receive one of those.  That person did receive one honorable mention.  The Vinny Awards Show was held in the conference center at the Sure Stay Hotel and 165 people attended.  All four of the commercial winerys that enter the competition were present and 18 of the home winemakers attended.  All of the feedback indicates that everyone attending had a great time.  Samantha Stone from Great Basin News did a wonderful job producing the show, and 4th Street Wineries provided the wine served during the show.  Now that we know what it takes to produce one of these show, all indications are that we will do it this way again, but with a little more glitz and a little more upscale food. 

Commercial Results

Best of Show Commercial – Mike Schoenbaechler

Best of Division Commercial Late Harvest Sweet – Joe Bernardo and Wade Johnson

Best of Division Commercial Rose – Mike Schoenbaechler

Best of Division Commercial White – Alynn Delisle & Mike Steedman

2019 Complete Commercial Results

Home Results

Best of Show Home – Jason and Debra Schultz

Best of Division Home Red – Joseph McEllistrem

Best of Division Home White – Jason & Debra Schultz

Best of Division Home White – Greg & Susan Ross

2019 Complete Home Results






Ambassador member; a new, higher-level of Membership just approved by the board of directors – for 2020. Our organization’s highest-level.  As you’d expect, Ambassador members receive special benefits. When you renew at the Ambassador level, in addition to the one-year of Membership at this higher level, you’ll be receive many freebies and be recognized throughout the upcoming year as an Important Member of NV&W.

Ambassador Level Benefits Include:

  • Free admission to our Regular Wine Tastings and new Educational Get-Togethers
  • Special Ambassador pricing for events, such as our Valentines Tasting, and the Tour de Vines Tour & Celebration
  • Access to member only discounts, educational resources, and programs
  • Special member only events

2020 Calendar


Check the events page for updated times and locations.

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