Nevada Wine One Year After the Shutdown: New Classes, Gold Medals, and a Sad Good-bye

It’s been a tough year, and Nevada’s winemakers hope this chapter is coming to an end. Grape Basin News has been dormant for a year. We’re rebooting now, with a roundup of wine community news:

Thursday, March 18: Nevada Vines & Wines Member Dinner to kick off the 2021 season; Paisans Old World Deli, 6550 Longley Lane, Reno; wine by Artesian Cellars of Pahrump Valley Nevada, featuring Tim Burke & Pam Tyler. More info here.

April 17-June 5: “The Sensory Evaluation of Wine,” a 4-week course from Nevada Grape Growers and Winemakers, Saturdays on Zoom.  $175 covers the cost of 90-minute classes, plus the featured wines. Check the website or email with questions  “ADMIN AT”

Mike and Alynn host a Wine and Girl Scout Cookie pairing in the Nevada Sunset tasting room on March 5, 2020. Photo: @GrapeBasinNews

Congrats to Nevada Sunset for a great showing in the 2021 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Alynn Delisle and Mike Steedman (pictured nearby, at work in the tasting room) captured Best in Show for their 2019 Gewurztaminer, and Double Gold for their 2019 Grenache Blanc.

The dynamic duo never slowed down. They’ve promoted their wine club and continued to host limited attendance events through the dismal months of the pandemic. Alynn’s recent newsletter notes they’re planning a vertical tasting soon, featuring 2016, 2018 and 2019 chardonnays. All made with grapes from Mike Manna Farms in Lodi. Find more information, or buy the wines at the Nevada Sunset website.

Lynne Keller, photo provided by Nevada Vine & Wines

A sad good-bye to Nevada Vines & Wines former treasurer Lynne Keller, who died in December after a brief illness. She was memorialized by her friends Kathy Halbardier and Clint Koble as “a proud, principled, and strong woman.”

Lynne was often the first person to greet you at the door of Nevada Vines & Wines events. She served on the board of directors, and kept fastidious books. As a veteran of Nevada’s gaming industry, she brought sharp managerial instincts to the group.

“She gave so much knowledge and organizational skills to every business or nonprofit she she helped to succeed,” said former Vines & Wines president Teri Bath. “Many of us are better people and leaders because of Lynne.”

Read the full tribute from her friends, below.


A Tribute to Lynne Keller, by Clint Koble

Lynne Keller was an extraordinary human being.  As a woman, she torched many firsts in her storied career.  As a person, I always referred to her as my “biggest and bestest buddy.”  There is not a lot of people on earth that will love you or support you unconditionally, but Lynne was the exception.  Lynne was one of those rare people that would take you in during your darkest moments.

Lynne was also one of those people that did things right; there was never a half-hearted attempt with Lynne.  Yes, she had a temper, and she would unleash it in a heartbeat, but then she cast it aside and let you know that she was right behind you.  Lynne was a proud, principled, and strong woman.  I will miss her always.

Lynne and Kathy Halbardier were the best of friends, just to let you know.  Besides being great friends, they were business partners and they backed each other every minute of every day.  Like me, Kathy was taken into Lynne’s welcome arms during her darkest days.

I want to end with this:  I last saw Lynne a couple of weeks ago.  I knew it might be my last, so I made sure that I would hug her, kiss her, and hold her like it was the last day for both of us.  I told her how much I loved her and how much I appreciated her.  And yes, we did have a glass of wine together!  I guess we should end all of days making that tribute to the ones we love, right?

With solitude, love, and the greatest of appreciation –
Clint Koble
Kathy Haldbardier



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