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State of the Industry 2017: If Nevada’s Wine Glass is Half-Full, What Would Fill It? September 20, 2017 - As 2017 harvest draws to a close, GBN asked some of the state's wine insiders, “If Nevada’s wine glass is half full, what would fill it?” It depends who you ask. Nobody disputes the need for more home grown grapes, but several major disagreements are sure to linger without easy resolution. What's left to kick the Nevada wine industry into high gear? Click headline for full story
Award-winning wines on display in the trophy room at the Pahrump Valley Winery in Pahrump, NV Photo: @GrapeBasinNews
Mill Street Still & Brew a Triumph of Craftsmanship August 25, 2017 - If nerdliness is next to Godliness for brewers and distillers, Reno may be the site of their most awe-inspiring temple. Mill Street Still & Brew features custom metal work on the building's exterior, and in its tap room and brewing facility. The company is making an array of “precision beers” and cold-distilled spirits using hand-crafted equipment, and an unusual process. Click headline for the full story and more photos.
Basin and Range Makes 2016 Wines from Frozen Grapes August 8, 2017 - Joe Bernardo and a three-man crew attended to a ten ton harvest from 2016, removed from months of frozen storage after legal issues delayed the opening of Reno's new 4th Street winery a for the better part of a year. The wines will bear the Basin and Range label, and will be offered next year in the tasting room. Basin and Range will boast a 100 percent Nevada vintage, grown in Douglas County. Headline links to full story.
“Wineries of the Sierra Foothills” Reveals Risk Tolerance and Grit as Key Ingredients July 30, 2017 - Longtime wine writer Barbara Keck's guide to the wineries of the Sierra Foothills shines a light on the business stories behind these winemaking ventures. Keck's book drives home that risk and hard work are key elements in the vintner's craft, which is often portrayed as strictly a labor of love.
Alternating Proprietorship is Legal; Craft Brew Production Limit Raised May 17, 2017 - UPDATED JUNE 9, 2017: Governor Brian Sandoval has signed Senate Bill 431, raising production limits on Nevada's craft brewers, and allowing wineries to operate as alternating proprietors, a business arrangement where up to four wineries can exist in a single location.
Planned Reno Winery in Legal Limbo; Change in Nevada Law Needed May 12, 2017 - A venture that planned to be city’s first urban winery sits in a state of legal limbo, months behind its construction schedule, and unable to get state approval to open for business. Now there may be a shot at changing the Nevada law that's keeping it dark. Click headline for the full story.
  • Nevada Sunset Celebrates Hard-Won Status as Washoe County’s First Urban Winery September 18, 2017
    Mike Steedman with Alynn Delisle in the tasting room at Nevada Sunset Winery.  Photo: @GrapeBasinNews More photos at the top of the news page

    A Reno establishment designed to house three wineries on the city’s 4th Street corridor celebrated its grand opening on Friday. Nevada Sunset Winery has also made its mark as Washoe County’s first urban winery.

    The winery opened with eight varietals, including a Granache Rose produced in house with grapes from Grace Patriot Vineyards. Owner Mike Steedman says they’ll unveil white wines in the coming months, and some fruit wines, as well as a few fun, seasonal products like mead.

    Nevada Sunset is the anchor winery in the state’s only alternating proprietorship, a business structure that was illegal here until the waning days of the 2017 state legislative session. The alternating proprietorship permits multiple wineries under one roof, and is commonplace in California.

    Steedman and two other local vintners planning to share the 4th Street space faced an uncertain future for the first half of 2017, after the Nevada Department of Taxation refused to approve the arrangement. An intensive round of lobbying pulled in support from some unlikely political quarters as the legislative session drew to a close. Steedman and assorted allies won passage for a bill allowing up to four wineries to operate in a single location.

    The legislature during its 2015 session lifted a ban on commercial tasting rooms in Washoe and Clark Counties, paving the way for hobbyist winemakers in Nevada’s two largest counties to bring their products to market.

    The next six weeks will see frenzied post-harvest activity at the 4th Street location, where Basin and Range Wines is also producing 2017 wines. The third entity is Great Basin Winery, LLC.

    Nevada Sunset is located at 415 East 4th Street in Reno.

     

     

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