Artesian Cellars Begins Work on Pahrump Tasting Room; Year-End Opening Hopeful

September 15, 2019

Work will begin on Monday to transform a house in Pahrump into the tasting room for Artesian Cellars wine. Tm Burke and partner Pam Tyler hope to open at the end of the year with a steampunk-themed décor.

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Alcohol Producers Describe Business Challenges at the Nevada Economic Development Conference

September 4, 2019

In a state with fortunes built on a business model featuring free drinks for tourists in the gaming establishments, small brewers, vintners, and distillers struggle to carve out their rightful place.

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Vegas Valley Introduces “The Sidewinder,” Nevada’s First Commercially Produced Cider

August 31, 2019

Vegas Valley started making hard cider as a strategy to boost the winery’s total Nevada fruit content. But the cider is a big hit, and now the question is, “how much more can we make?”

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Vineyard Tour Brought Attention to Nevada Viticulture, Organizer Says

August 8, 2019

Twenty-two Northern Nevada vineyards were open last weekend for the annual public tour hosted by Nevada Vines & Wines. “Tourists” — who were primarily local members of the organization — wrapped up the two-day event at a tasting party devoted exclusively to Nevada wines. See photos from both events. Above: Dave Clark’s dog, Riley, enjoys shade from the vines at Clark’s Shadow Lane Vineyard in Sparks.

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Northern Owners Gear Up for Annual Vineyard Tour August 3-4

July 15, 2019

Continuing its expansion of once-modest events into ambitious celebrations, Nevada Vines & Wines has reinvented its annual “backyard” vineyard tour. The 2019 tour will feature nearly double the number of vineyard owners, and has been stretched to a full weekend instead of one day.

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Advice on Mildew: You May Not Realize You Have It

July 9, 2019

A message from the Desert Farming Initiative: Most vineyards will get mildew at some time in their lives if you are not spraying to prevent it. Mildew is not specific to moist regions. In fact, mildew thrives in warm temperatures. Here are some photos and some tips for identifying and eradicating mildew.

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Supreme Court Comes Down in Favor of Interstate Commerce Over State Regulation

July 1, 2019

Wine pundits are cheering a U.S. Supreme Court opinion handed down last week, with some going so far as to predict the death of the three-tier system because of it. While the case had nothing to do with distribution, many believe the Court has paved the way for other challenges where interstate commerce is at issue, including prohibitions on direct shipping. Photo: Sang Hyun Cho

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Successful Reboot at UNR Valley Road Vineyard; Committed Volunteers Needed

June 28, 2019

Two vineyards owned by the University of Nevada are responding to care under a recently-hired program director with viticulture expertise. Newly planted vines will soon peek over their sleeves in the north vineyard. The older south vineyard is expected to produce a useful harvest.

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Lincoln County Grower’s First Commercial Harvest Produces Winning Wine

June 18, 2019

An award-winning white blend produced by up-and-coming winemaker Tim Burke came from the first commercial grape harvest in Lincoln County’s Pahranagat Valley. Grower Betsy Whipple is the valley’s pioneering viticulturist.

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Bulk Wine Sales to Estate Distilleries Approved by Nevada Lawmakers

May 31, 2019

A new Nevada law will permit estate distilleries to purchase bulk alcohol products from the state’s wineries or craft brewers, for the purpose of distilling or blending. Winemakers are weighing whether the new law creates a good business opportunity.

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