Monday, March 28, 2011

Nevada Wine Industry Gets Huge Boost from UNR's Grant Cramer

I've been getting updates from the University of Nevada at Reno's intrepid Dr. Grant Cramer for a while. He is leading the charge in the wine industry there, with test plots in Reno and a series of tasting/educational seminars in the pilot winery on campus. Sadly, due to Washoe County's restrictive alcohol-beverage rules, the wine from there can't be sold in the county. If it could -- wow, a nice few vintages would hit the local markets!

A while ago, I reviewed some of these UNR Estate wines on my blog, winebiznews. Click here to take a look at that review. And here's the latest dispatch from Dr. Cramer: "Just a reminder that we will hold a Nevada Wine tasting class this Tuesday at 5 pm at the UNR Valley Road Greenhouse Complex. The first half hour we will continue a series of lectures on vineyard plant, management and pruning. We will also continue our training on aroma analysis of wine. At 5:30 PM we will be tasting the UNR Drought-Stressed White wines (an assortment). Last week's UNR Drought-Stressed Red tasting was very good! Hope to see you there. We will go out to the vineyard to look at the vines how they have survived the winter, so be there on time. There is a $10 class fee (cash or checks) Checks can be made out to the Board of Regents."

He also blogs at

Dr. Cramer is officially a Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology,University of Nevada, Reno, but somewhere along the way, his love of wine led him to spent part of his time investigating the prospects for the wine industry in Nevada. I was lucky to participate in a session a while ago when he and his wife had just returned from a summer's holiday in Burgundy. Many local wine lovers attend these Tuesday afternoon classes, and the enthusiasm is palpable.

His longtime assistant in this venture is Kitty Spreeman. You can get on the newsletter list by emailing to cramer (at) If you are interested in Nevada wines, it's a good thing to do.

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