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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