A Surprising Discovery: Nevada’s Hidden Wine Gems!

Have you ever heard of wines made in Nevada? Well, get ready for a thrilling adventure as I unbox a collection of wines that were not only grown but also made in the heart of Reno, Nevada.

It all started when we received an email from a winemaker in Reno who wanted to feature his winery in the global wine database. Intrigued, we agreed to taste his wines on video. Little did we know that these wines were made from grapes grown right there in Nevada. Yes, you heard that right! Grapes thriving in the dry, desert-like climate of Reno, Nevada.

Let’s dive into the unboxing and uncover the secrets behind these unique wines!

A Surprising Discovery: Nevada's Hidden Wine Gems!
A Surprising Discovery: Nevada's Hidden Wine Gems!

The Nevada Wine Experience

Saint Qua: A French-American Hybrid

The first wine that caught our attention is a red wine called Saint Qua. Its label is an interesting representation of Nevada, resembling the shape of the state with a fascinating illustration of bugs, maggots, and caterpillars moving northward. It pays homage to the late 19th-century surveyors who described the mountain ranges of Basin and Range, the region where the wine originates. Basin and Range Sellers have embraced this extraordinary landscape to craft their wines.

Embracing Tradition: Petulant Natural

For the wine geeks out there, we have something special – a Pet-Nat, short for Petulant Natural. This sparkling wine undergoes a unique process. After fermentation, it is quickly bottled with a crown cap, allowing it to continue fermenting, which creates the delightful bubbles that dance on your palate.

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The Late Harvest Brianna: A True Delight

Next, we have the Lacrosse and Late Harvest Brianna wines. The Late Harvest Brianna is an intriguing white wine that promises a delightful taste. Each wine in this collection showcases the dedication and passion of the winemakers in Nevada.

Conquering the Harsh Climate

You may be wondering how grapes can thrive in the extreme climates of Reno, Nevada. Let’s delve into some fascinating facts about the growing conditions these winemakers face.

In Napa, grapes have over 250 days above freezing temperatures and below 90 degrees Fahrenheit, allowing for ample time to ripen. However, Reno’s growing season is condensed, lasting only 166 days. The winters are freezing, and the summers scorching hot. Yet, despite these challenges, the dedicated winemakers make it work. With approximately 15 to 16 hours of sunlight each day, these grapes ripen under the intense Nevada sun.

Tasting the Nevada Wines

Now, let’s embark on a sensory journey as we taste these remarkable wines.

Saint Qua: A Citrus Symphony

The Saint Qua has a beautiful golden color, possibly indicating some oxidation during the winemaking process or unique grape characteristics. On the nose, it offers vibrant lemony aromas, with hints of saline and a touch of celery. Surprisingly, the acidity balances well, given the scorching Reno climate. The flavor profile presents itself with citrus notes, reminiscent of grapefruit pith, making it a perfect companion for fried oysters and other delectable seafood dishes.

Late Harvest Brianna: Fusion of Flavors

The Late Harvest Brianna entices with the aroma of freshly wet concrete and green peppercorn, reminiscent of a Loire Valley Cabernet Franc. Its berry notes create a vibrant and fruity experience, reminiscent of summer rain. The wine surprises with a perfect balance of acidity and a touch of tannin, with forest red berry flavors dancing on your palate.

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Impressively, these wines display rich colors and complexities, with hints of oxidation adding character to the overall tasting experience.

Embrace the Unexpected: Nevada’s Wine Frontier

In conclusion, the wines of Basin and Range Sellers have shattered expectations and proven that Nevada is more than just a hub for gambling and legalized prostitution. They have embraced the challenge of growing and crafting exceptional wines in this harsh climate. The winemakers’ dedication and passion have resulted in wines that are not only fascinating but also serious contenders in the wine world.

If you’re ready to embark on a journey through Nevada’s wine frontier, look no further than Hook’d Up Bar and Grill. Their collection of Nevada wines will surprise and delight your palate, offering a unique taste of this unexplored region. Cheers to pushing boundaries and discovering hidden gems!

Peace out,
Madeline

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