June 21, 2018 - 5:30 PM


Join us for our June wine tasting with Mark Henry of Montoliva Vineyard and Winery.  Mark is a truly unique wine maker and entrepreneur.   He founded Montoliva Vineyard & Winery in 2000 where he creates Tuscan-inspired wines of uncommon depth and character.   Mark specializes in Italian grapes and Central and Southern Italian style of wines.  You will really fines his wines different and very enjoyable if you are not familiar with the style or if haven’t  not departed from the Napa or French style of wines.

Details:  As always there will be be appetizers or a lite fare to go along with the wine, and hold you over until your late dinner. June 21st, 5:30 PM at the American Legion Post 30 Hall, 730 4th St, Sparks, NV 89431.  Donations: $10.00 members, $15.00 non-members for tasting and appetizers.  Members that bring a non-member guest in 2108 will taste for free (see pricing page).

Speaker Bio: Mark is a refugee of the city, of a mega-corporation, and of the daily frustrations of living and working there.  He broke from that life in search of a place to make the wines he loves, Central and Southern Italian varietals.  In 2000 he found the small community of Chicago Park, CA to call home and start his vineyard. Some of the original settlers of Chicago Park were first-generation Italian-Americans from Chicago, Illinois. The orchards and vineyards of Chicago Park bear witness to their quest to start a community in the untamed West that mirrored their homeland.  Mark takes his cue from the esteemed wines of Montalcino, Tuscany.  Long, slow fermentations using special Tuscan yeasts, extended macerations and barrel aging all play to the strengths of Sangiovese and Aglianico grapes.  In addition to those varietals they currently offer single varietal bottling of Nebbiolo, Teroldego, Negroamaro, Falanghina, Primitivo, Barbera and Pinot Grigio. In 2017 Montoliva produced 1300 case of wine and in 2018 they hope to grow that to 1,500 cases.  On a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday afternoon when you are passing through Colfax pay them a visit. Take  Hwy 174 to Chicago Park, turn left at the winery sigh, stay left on Mt Olive Rd and in a short distance find the winery on the left.

This short bio does not do Mark of Montoliva justice, so watch the video on their web-page..