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Vines & Wines Home Winemaker Awards Highlights Nevada Grown Fruit May 27, 2018 - Newcomer Greg Ross was this year’s standout, taking gold ribbons for all four of his entries. Ross’s Bulldog Red and Bulldog White Blends excelled within their categories, with the Red scoring a double gold and Best of Show. Click headline to read more.
Greg and Susan Ross savor his win at the Home Winemaker Awards on May 17, 2018
Beyond Sniffing and Swirling: UNLV Sommelier Academy Instills Respect for the Farmer and a Grasp of the Business May 16, 2018 - UNLV Sommelier Academy instructor Heath Hiudt takes a practical approach to teaching wine, aiming to produce professionals who can talk about wines and wine regions, and "use your own head, use your own thoughts," he says, rather than spouting memorized wine facts. Click headline for full story.
New Distributor Plans Assistance to Small Wineries May 10, 2018 - Chuck Harder says he isn’t sure yet where he wants to take Reno Wine Distributors. But the mission of the new business is helping small vintners get distribution in northern Nevada’s local restaurants and retailers. Click headline for full story.
Wine Academy Kicks Off Strong Second Year April 2, 2018 - Northern Nevada's wine academy started its second year with 25 students. Co-Founder Joe Bernardo has tweaked the curriculum, and added a new vineyard where students will get hands-on experience tending grapes. Click headline for full story.
Nevada Dept of Ag Offers $250K Specialty Crop Grant; Viticulture Qualifies February 21, 2018 - The Nevada Department of Agriculture says it will award projects that enhance the “competitiveness of Nevada’s specialty crops.” The favored projects are community-oriented rather than private. Click headline for full story
Bottling Day Arrives for Basin and Range February 18, 2018 - Basin and Range partners Joe Bernardo and Wade Johnston expected to bottle 950 cases of Brianna and Frontenac Rose on Saturday. "It's been two years in the making," Bernardo told GBN. Click headline for full story.
  • Basin and Range Launch Marks the Second of Three Wineries on 4th June 19, 2018

    This story was updated after publication to reflect final attendance estimates. — GBN

    The vintners at Basin and Range Cellars have officially popped the cork. The label’s grand opening on Saturday launched the second of three wineries approved to operate at Reno’s Wineries on 4th. Basin and Range partner Wade Johnston estimated 400 people had stopped by, although nobody associated with the event had counted. Story continues below…

    Cory Rizzolo pours at the Basin and Range Cellars grand opening on June 16, 2018. Photo: @GrapeBasinNews

    Response to the wine was overwhelmingly positive, Johnston told GBN while he poured for visitors at the crowded bar.

    “I’m happy to hear the feedback, and hear that people like it,” Johnston said.

    “A long time coming,” added partner Joe Bernardo, a veteran northern Nevada grower and winemaker (and man of few words).

    People who liked the wine were also purchasing. Sales seemed brisk, and Johnston seemed pleased, but said there was no formal sales goal for the day. The debut featured two whites, two reds, and a rose, priced from $6 – $10 by the glass, and $15- $22 per bottle. All the wines were produced from 100 percent Nevada fruit grown in Minden by Basin and Range. Story continues below…

    Basin and Range partner Wade Johnston with visitors to the Wineries on 4th, June 16, 2018. Photo: @GrapeBasinNews

    The simultaneous unveiling of vintage 2016 and 2017 hints at some bumps in the road, including a setback that forced the partners to freeze their 2016 harvest while the principals at 4th Street persuaded the state of Nevada to bless a business structure allowing three wineries to coexist in the same space.

    Sharing space and equipment – an arrangement called an alternating proprietorship – is recognized by federal authorities and legal for wineries in some states, but was prohibited in Nevada right up until the final weeks of the 2017 legislative session. A white knuckle ride to legalize it before the session ended sparked angst in the local wine community, where many viewed the 4th Street project as a milestone in their long campaign for legitimacy.

    The fate of all three wineries hung in the balance until a last-minute legislative victory just days before the final gavel in Carson City. The grand opening of the property several months later with Nevada Sunset Winery operating solo was a triumph for Nevada wine, and a demonstration that small business seeking sensible regulation can prevail. Basin and Range now joins Nevada Sunset at 415 E. 4th Street. Next month, Great Basin Winery will debut in the same location.

    Basin and Range partner Joe Bernardo with newly unveiled product at Wineries on 4th, June 18, 2018. Photo@GrapeBasinNews

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