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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
Vines belonging to the Chardonnay Village Homeowners Association were struck by pests prior to harvest. Reno’s wine community was rankled to see a withering vineyard. Story below. Photo: @GrapeBasinNews
Reno Wine Lovers Wince at Sight of Neglected Vineyard September 26, 2017 - More than one member of Washoe County’s wine community has spotted the dying vines at the foot of Windy Hill. They’re noticeably brown and withered, even from a passing car. On closer inspection, there are some beautiful grapes hiding beneath the overgrowth. Click headline for full story.
Nevada Sunset Celebrates Hard-Won Status as Washoe County’s First Urban Winery September 18, 2017 - A Reno establishment designed to house three wineries on the city’s 4th Street corridor celebrated a hard-won grand opening on September 15, making its mark as Washoe County's first urban winery. Click headline for full story.
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.
  • Surviving California Wineries Need Visitors — Most Tasting Rooms Open for Business October 23, 2017

    California Wine Country tourism officials are working hard to spread the word — recovery involves more than rebuilding the fire-ravaged communities. Financial survival for the wineries depends on getting back to business. San Francisco Chronicle reports that while international tourism is important, regional visits are bread-and-butter. In business terms, the industry may have more to fear from a dearth of regional traffic than from fire-related destruction, some say.

    Ferrari-Carano Mourns Patriarch
    October 9

    Ferrari-Carano Vineyards & Winery mourns the passing of Don Carano, winery founder and a Nevada powerhouse in business and law. Read the winery’s obituary and salute to his life and business success here.

Grape Basin Exchange

  • The Grape Basin Exchange is a marketplace for the Nevada wine community. You can buy and sell wine, grapes, or equipment here. You can look for vineyard help or offer vineyard help. You can post announcements, and you can swap valuable information about growing and making wine. Posting on the exchange is free until further notice. HAVE A LOOK.