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New Reno Eatery Planned for Long-Empty Space April 2, 2018 - A new restaurant will inhabit the long-empty space where a convenience store once operated at Skyline and Cashill in Reno. Construction on the Skyline Kitchen & Vine is expected to be complete in May, according to the project's developer. Click headline for full story.
A banner announces a new restaurant coming to the corner of Skyline and Cashill in Reno. Photo: @GrapeBasinNews
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.
Nevada Vines & Wines Energized in 2018; Seeks Alliance with Beer and Spirits February 1, 2018 - Nevada’s wine and viticulture advocacy group will redefine itself in 2018, following a weekend retreat where new board members were initiated. Click headline for full story
Vegas Valley Winery Up and Running in Henderson January 9, 2018 - Clark County's first urban winery is pouring. Business has been brisk for an establishment that’s still in “soft opening” mode and selling only by the glass. Click headline for full story.
Not interested in the business, Pellegrini has passion and a great harvest party December 10, 2017 - At Yerington’s Pellegrini vineyard, a retired science teacher grows grapes for the pleasure of working with plants, and makes wine for the love of chemistry. Click headline for full story.
  • Wine Academy Kicks Off Strong Second Year April 2, 2018

    After a successful first year, Joe Bernardo decided not to conduct a 2018 wine academy without a minimum of ten students. The veteran winemaker thought the academy’s inaugural class might have exhausted demand with 23 graduates. It came as a pleasant surprised when he had to cap 2018 enrollment at 25.
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    Wine Academy co-founder Joe Bernardo demonstrates pruning techniques in May of 2017 Photo: @GrapeBasinNews

    “I could have had a few more people,” Bernardo said, noting strong word-of-mouth.  “A guy tells his neighbor, stuff like that. I was surprised at the amount of enthusiasm, and people that were interested.”

    Students in the academy attend a class once a month, and spend supervised time tending 20 vines apiece in vineyards belonging to Bernardo, or in vineyards owned by experienced growers William Coplin or Mary Sauvola.

    Coplin co-founded the academy with Bernardo, and supervised students in 2017. He allowed the academy to earn 25 percent of the harvest from a broad assortment of mature grapes at his La Casa Castaña vineyard. Coplin’s grapes have produced wine for 8 years.

    After the 2018 harvest, the year-long academy will shift its focus from viticulture to winemaking. Bernardo has tweaked the curriculum to focus more on testing the wine as it ferments. He touched lightly on it the first year, believing the process was too advanced for entry level students.

    “Checking for sulfur, checking for acid,” he said. “A lot of people asked about it so I decided to include it the second year.”

    Students will start pruning vines in May. Until then, Bernardo says, the action will be in the classroom.

     

     

     

     

     

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