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Wine Academy Heads for Third Year, 9 Slots Remain for 2019 Session

January 24, 2019

The year-long Academy program starts in the early spring with vineyard tending. After the harvest, the students move inside and spend the winter making wine. Instructor and founder Joe Bernardo says he’s going into year three with a more sophisticated approach to teaching the program. Complete 2019 class schedule included here.

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Nevada Growers Get Serious, Look to Washington State for Organization Model

January 10, 2019

Nevada’s nascent association of grape growers sought inspiration this week at a presentation in Reno from the Washington Winegrowers. Ensuing discussion among the attendees suggests that a top priority for Nevada growers might be creating a financing structure, and developing an advocacy group.

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Update: Engine 8 Winery Expects to Open Ahead of Valentine’s Day

January 4, 2019

There’s nothing like a construction project to slow down a business plan. That’s the case in Victorian Square, where the City of Sparks cleared the way last summer for its first urban winery. After a series of delays, Mike and Wendi Rawson are now optimistic that they’ll open their Engine 8 Winery in late January.

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Why Grape Basin News is producing the 2019 Nevada Vinny Awards

January 4, 2019

Wine is glamorous and seductive. Competition is invigorating. Honoring people who work hard and create something wonderful is, itself, an honor. Those are some of the reasons Grape Basin News proposed last summer to become executive producer of the annual Nevada Vines & Wines competition. We’ve added a new category for commercial wineries and we’ve dubbed it “The Nevada Vinny Awards.”

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Mystery Blend from a Hasty Harvest of Unidentified Grapes

December 9, 2018

It was late summer when a family from Boston moved to a two-acre Reno property with scores of unidentified vines. The grapes were ready, and the new homeowners weren’t sure what to do. Enter vineyard consultant Joe Bernardo who helped with a hasty harvest, and crushed the mystery blend pictured here.

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University Vineyard at Valley Road to be Revived, Financially Self-Sustaining

December 9, 2018

About two thousand vines at a University of Nevada agriculture project will be nursed back to health, with the hope they’ll produce enough fruit to support future oenology and winemaking classes — and perhaps even a UNR wine label. But there are challenges ahead.

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Growers Weigh Forming a Nevada Association

November 7, 2018

A group of 15 vineyard owners who have 1,000 or more vines has gathered twice recently under the rubric Big Growers. At future meetings, the growers will explore the potential value in forming a statewide association.

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Beer from ‘the Middle of Everywhere’: Tonopah and Virginia City Breweries Take Off with Statewide Distribution Deal

November 7, 2018

Tonopah Brewing Company and its northern sibling, The Virginia City Brewery recently signed with mega-distributor Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits. The two locations produce two distinct brands.

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Raley’s Puts Focus on Wine Education and Regional Experiments

November 7, 2018

On the heels of an event featuring Nevada Sunset at a Reno Raley’s supermarket, we learn the grocer has enjoyed a beverage sales spike due in part to wine education for staff and customers. Raley’s Stores employ wine stewards, who guide customers “to experiment with different brands and regions they may have not tried before.”

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A Few Notes from Nevada’s 2018 Harvest

September 27, 2018

Jason Schultz checked in with more than 1,300 pounds from the Twin Mustang Vineyard. Vegas Valley Winery will debut 100 percent Nevada wine after pulling in 4,000 pounds of Syrah, Barbera, and Primativo. Basin and Range produced 15 tons. Click headline to read more.

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