This past Sunday I spent several hours touring and tasting at half the wineries in Nevada.  Both of them.

Through Livingsocial, I purchased “Southern Nevada Wine Tours” from a company named Imbibe Tours that hosts a six-hour excursion to Pahrump, where the only wineries in Southern Nevada are located.

The trip was fun, made so by Mikko, who entertained us with blind wine tastings and information about some of the landmarks we passed on the way there.

We stopped first at Pahrump Valley Winery, where we had lunch and several wines.  One wine caught my attention, which was the 2012 Nevada Ridge Primitivo.  It was truly delicious and probably one of the best Primitivos I’ve ever had.  As it turned out, it’s a Nevada single vineyard double gold winner.

Double gold? From Nevada? Really?

And, yes, I bought a bottle. I’ll be revisiting it later.

We stopped at Sanders Family Winery after we finished our lunch and tour at PVW where we were entertained by Jack Sanders, who just happened to be the founder of Pahrump Valley Winery many years ago.  After he sold PVW, he founded the Sanders Family label.

The quality of the wines overall ranged from meh to delicious, and because it had been many years since I’d visited, I was pleased to see that the wines had improved exponentially.  The wines I considered to be so-so were snapped up by others who liked the sweeter style of wine. As Jack Sanders said, you make the wine that the aficionados like, and you make the wine that pays the bills.  I get it.

I am planning to review the Nevada Ridge Primitivo when I return from Paso Robles and will share my views.

Meanwhile, enjoy the photos!