Where do you go when you need your wine fix and the nearest wineries you know of are in Northern Nevada or over in Northern California? Pahrump of course! Las Vegas does not have any wineries-that would be correct. However, if you drive over the hump (over the mountain) to Pahrump, there are actually two wineries over there. The whole 20 plus years that I have lived in Las Vegas, I knew there was one winery. I found out that indeed there are two. This trip is just over an hour each direction. Apparently, the first winery that was there sold out to the second owner and then opened up another one-or at least that is what I was recently told.
While I had my daughter in town, we went along with a friend each over to Pahrump to check them out. The first one we went to is called Pahrump Valley Winery and Symphony’s Restaurant. Very classy set up! The entire patron operation is set up amid the vines. You walk in the entry and have the wine bar on the right side with a back bar of all of the wines and their other item store to the left. As in New Mexico, the tastings in Nevada are no cost. After our tasting, we decided to have lunch. While we were pretty casual, one gets a sense that the evening meals they serve are quite a bit more formal. The food was absolutely delightful. Did I tell you that I prefer sweet wines? Not a problem-not only do they have dessert wine, they also have sherry. This was my first time trying sherry and now I am hooked.
On to the other winery, which is named Sanders Family Winery. This seems to be the smaller of the two operations (perhaps newer?). They too sell other items along with wines and I had to take some phone pics while I was there, because they have wreaths on the wall made of wine corks. They too have sherry for sale as well as their other wines and they introduced us to something new. When we were done with our tastings, we each got a wine spritzer-made with either port or sherry and some gingerale. I am hooked. Of course it makes my purchases last longer as well.
I have talked this one up and have lots of friends that want to make that trip. What a party we could have for those that want to go. This is another one of those trips where I took pictures, but they got deleted. I promise I will get out there to take pics again.