Vino 100's wine tastings are available every day, featuring a palate-pampering lineup of three red and three white vinos (two ounces each; tasters can also opt for three four-ounce glasses). Flight wines are chosen weekly by Vino 100's knowledgeable staff, allowing neophyte and full-fledged oenophiles to swirl, sniff, and sip wines before committing to an entire bottle. Call ahead to discover current and upcoming varietals, or step through a temporal anomaly to drink the wines of the past.
Whole Foods Market's commitment to the interdependent network of sustainable farms and organic producers can be seen in its carefully selected product lines. The homegrown 365 Everyday Value brand makes it easy to eat naturally, organically, and economically. It features an array of items from all product categories, including groceries, vitamins, household items, and more—each manufactured to meet the rigorous quality standards woven into the fabric of Whole Foods Market, which itself is made from 100% alpaca wool.
In 1933, the United States Constitution’s 21st Amendment was ratified, and Prohibition ended. To celebrate this landmark—and their own 21st beer release—The Brewer’s Cabinet crafted Twenty One, a West Coast Imperial IPA that blends bittering hops with rare amarillo hops. The light result is just one of the small-batch beers the nanobrewery is known for. The pub places no limits on its brewers’ creativity and style, encouraging funky flavors rather than relying on the most basic beer, a mug of wheat stalks.
To complement brews, the culinary team whips up fresh, local plates in the small onsite kitchen, ranging from lunchtime’s lamb burger with goat cheese to dinnertime’s polenta lasagna. Though customers always benefit from the hearty pub-style meals, The Brewer’s Cabinet also benefits the surrounding community. The team strives to collaborate with other area breweries, and 5 cents from every item purchased at The Brewer’s Cabinet goes to benefit The Reno Rebuild Project.
The atmosphere in which one tastes a wine can be just as important as the wine's actual taste. Knowing this, the owners of Naggiar Vineyards and Winery housed their tasting room inside a picturesque Tuscan-style stucco building on the shores of a small pond, accenting its interiors with heavy wood ceiling beams, polished tile floors, and long tables surrounded by ornately upholstered chairs. Outside on the patio, servers ferry appetizers and tapas between wrought-iron café tables and around a monolithic stone fireplace. In this outdoor space, live bands play every weekend, and warm-weather wine festivals spill out onto the lawn when mom kicks them out of the basement.
With three KCRA-3 A-List Best Winery awards from 2010 to 2012, it's no surprise that Naggiar Vineyards and Winery puts even more care into its wines. Aided by in-house wine consultant and U.C. Davis graduate Derek Irwin, the staff cultivates more than 160 acres of vineyards. They harvest the grapes by hand and only at night, ensuring the fruits are packed when it’s cool, arrive at the cellar for pressing early in the day, and don't fall prey to vegetarian hawks. This painstaking process results in a spectrum of small-batch wines, each made from the estate's best grapes—which include varietals native to Italy, Rhone, and Bordeaux. The winery also hosts an annual winefest.
Renaissance Winery, a picturesque mountain vineyard roughly 2,000 feet into the Sierra Foothills, crafts estate-bottled wines in a traditional European-style focusing on the Bordeaux and Rhone family of varietals. The Wine and Roses Tasting, gives wine enthusiasts the opportunity to sip organically made pours and stroll through two European-style rose gardens fashioned after La Roserie Bagatelle in Paris. The flora-farms are interspersed with fountains, French street lamps, street vendors peddling French street lamps, and the aromatic blossoms of more than 300 types of roses. Renaissance's tasting room is lake-adjacent for serene views of water reflecting clouds that look like Babe Ruth.
The Sierra Nevada foothills have been tilled since the time of the gold rush, but its thin soil allows only the heartiest grapevines to thrive. But when they grow, the grapes there produce powerful wines full of intense flavors. The staff at Auriga Wine Cellars specialize in reds, which range from the peppery, black cherry notes of their Barbera to a double-gold-award-winning shiraz-and-syrah blend aged for one year in French and American oak. They complement these robust offerings with their small-batch sparkling wine and their sangiovese, which tastes of slightly spicy raspberries and strawberries with a hint of basil, thyme, and sage. They sell their vintages by the bottle, but the shop’s wine club delivers bottles to aficionados three times a year, letting them try out new vintages or spend more frustrating evenings trying to squeeze a model ship inside them.