When you think about North Lake Tahoe the first thing that comes to mind is water sports and skiing. Among the many other things of interest in the area north of Lake Tahoe are wineries.
This is an area as old as the continent itself. The valley where Truckee is located and Donner Pass were carved out by glaciers and its early occupants were nomadic tribes. Truckee was named after an Indian who helped early settlers find their way through the treacherous Sierra Mountain passes.
Truckee River Winery
For the last twenty years, this slightly cooler and higher area of California has been delivering a surprisingly good vintage of wine. Tastings are available every day except Tuesdays and right now they are producing a Pinot Noir, a Zinfandel, a Pinot Gris and a Sauvignon Blanc. The available bottles are limited so if you taste something you love, don’t hesitate to buy a bottle, if you wait, it may be too late.
Today, one of the most amazing things about Truckee is this winery.
Whispering Vine Wine Company
If you are in Reno and looking to taste a variety of local and not so local wines, Whispering Vines Wine Company offers the ability to taste wine every day of the week but they also have a calendar of events to attend for something extra special. Many of these special events will feature a variety of wines from a particular vintner.
Locals and regular visitors can set up their own wine club with regularly scheduled tastings. The selection is outstanding and the d by the glass or flight.
Nevada City Winery
Like many small wineries, Nevada City began in the garage of Alan Haley. Today it is still in a garage but a historic one that is located very close to where the original Winery was located in Nevada City over 100 years ago. As you can see, this is an area that is not new to the growing of grapes and the production of fine wines. The tasting room is open daily and if you would like a tour they take place on Saturdays at 1:30 p.m.
Several award-winning vintages on offer here. They have won many awards for the Syrah as well as their Merlot and Sangiovese. These are just of few of the wines that are offered here.
The next time you are in the North Tahoe area, stop by one of these three locations for a great opportunity to taste some of the local wines.
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