Just months after launching a distributorship intended to boost small wine producers, Chuck Harter’s Reno Wine Distributors has scored new retail exposure for Nevada Sunset and at least one California mountain winery.
Impressively, the labels are also in the spotlight this week at Raley’s Galena Junction store on Wedge Parkway, one of three Raley’s “wine shop” locations in Reno. The store will host separate tasting events next weekend for Nevada Sunset and Boyle MacDonald, said Raley’s Wine Steward Doc Watson, who has stocked four varietals from each winery. (See “Tasting Events,” below.)
Harter hints that Reno Wine Distributors has several other agreements pending. Additional venues include Skyline Kitchen & Vine and the 4th Street Bistro according to Craig MacDonald of Boyle MacDonald, who told GBN these are the label’s first exposures in the Reno market.
Meanwhile, retail wine managers are are upbeat about the new products.
“We’re really excited to be working with Nevada Sunset,” said Alysia Peters, who has never before stocked a Nevada wine at We Olive & Wine Bar. “With regard to quality, I think it’s really changing in Nevada.”
Peters said she was also impressed with the Boyle MacDonald Sierra Foothills wines. “I brought in two of their wines because I think they’re exceptional,” Peters told GBN.
Boyle MacDonald’s Petite Syrah and its Cock Au Vin Rose are in the wine bar now. Later this month, Peters will host a wine pairing event featuring Nevada Sunset. Story continues below…
At The Grille at Somersett, food and beverage manager Brendan Carlson says he will add Nevada Sunset Sauvignon Blanc to the menu within a week.
“I just figured having a local wine would be intriguing,” said Carlson, who acknowledged that it’s a challenge to make the Somersett crowd sit up and take notice.
“We do have a tough clientele when it comes to wine,” he said. “These members know what they like.” Carlson is also adding Boyle MacDonald’s Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, and its Cock Au Vin Rose.
Nevada Sunset was the first of three Nevada wineries to occupy Wineries on 4th in Reno. The winery is locally owned and operated by Mike Steedman and Alynn Delisle. Boyle MacDonald Winery is near the Sierra Nevada foothill town of Murphys. Winemaker Kate Boyle and her husband, Craig MacDonald, are the principals.
Boyle MacDonald on Friday, September 7
Raley’s Galena Junction (Wedge Parkway), 3-6 p.m.
Nevada Sunset on Sunday, September 9
Raley’s Galena Junction (Wedge Parkway), 1- 5 p.m.
Nevada Sunset Pairings on Thursday, September 27
We Olive and Wine Bar, 5:30-7;30 p.m.
Tickets $35; Four wines, four bites