2018 Archives

The Party is December 8th


Be sure to join us for our Annual Holiday Party and last Fund Raising event of the year on Sat. Dec 8th, 6 PM at the beautiful Caughlin House, 3636 Mayberry Drive, Reno.  We dare anybody to find a location better decorated for the holidays than the Caughlin House

• The donation is $25 per person.

• We will provide the PRIME RIB, but please bring your favorite holiday dish to share (with recipe to add to our cook book) and a bottle of wine to go with it.

• This event has a hard cutoff of 50 people because of the space, so RSVP and pay early (if you RSVP and later find you can’t make it please cancel, so others may attend). Cancel your RSVP Here  We’ll open this to non-members on Friday, so decide by then if you are coming.

If you experience difficulties with RSVP or paying please call 775-629-6648 or email uncorkingnevada@gmail.com.

Board of Directors NV&W



Tastings and Members Gathering

Tastings and members gatherings will continue in October and November at the American Legion Building in Sparks.  The November Gathering will also be a General Membership meeting and Board of Directors Elections.  If you are a member please look at the Directors tab on our website and review the positions. We encourage all members to be involved and if you fill qualified submit your name for one of the positions, or just become a Director at large.  Email your name and phone number to admin@nvandw.com and someone will contact you.


NV&W Hiring  – Offers Made on the Spot!

We need help in the  following positions:

  • Managers, Membership List Admin/Conservation/Preservation, Marketing
  • Programs & Events: Talent/Speaker-seekers (2-3),  Setup/Cleanup
  • Wine Competition:  Wine Manager, Sommelier,  Tasting Helpers. . .
  • Legislative & Advocacy person(s): 2019 will be a busy legislative year for NV&W
  • No pay and must be a member, but very rewarding

Become a Member of  NV&W

 – Dues Half Off Until End of Year

Annual membership dues to the end of the year are half off,  single members pay $12.50 and households pay $20.  Another feature is that if you join in October of the current year and pay full price, your dues carry you to the end of the following year, i.e. pay $25 or $40 in Oct, Nov or Dec of 2018 and you’re paid up until the end of 2109.

2018 Archives



July & August Events


July Tasting
with Vineyards on 4th St

July 19th

Join us for our July wine tasting featuring the three independent Wineries on 4th Street.  Basin and Range Cellars, Great Basin Winery, and Nevada Sunset Winery will each be present and pour two of their favorite selections.

Vineyard Tour and Celebration Tickets

August 12th

Join our 4th Annual NV&W Self-Guided Tour Vineyard, followed by a Vineyard and wine celebration and auction starting at 3:30 PM.  This is our only fund raising event of the year.

May & June Events

Taste of Montoliva Wines

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.

Competition Awards Reception

May 17, 2018

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. The other Double Gold was awarded to Joe Bernardo for his 2017 semi-sweet Riesling, and Jason Schultz received a Gold for his Frontenac.

We hope to have more winemakers enter next year and look forward to even better wines. See all the 2018 Awards here.
Wine Makers at our Reception


April Events

Members Only Wine and Spirits Tasting at Frey Ranch

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 Events

Monthly Tasting

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.

Homemade Wine Competition

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.

NV&W Supports the Kiwanis with a Pouring

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)

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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


Start the Year Off Right

  • 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.

Valentines Chocolate and Wine Pairing

  • 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 Tasting with Rebecca Davidson

  • 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.

Nevada Wine Academy Page & Schedule