Tahoe Tastings and the Golden Rose are proud to bring our guests on not only a tour of Lake Tahoe, but also a tour through Northern California wineries! On your wine tasting tour from South Lake Tahoe to Emerald Bay, you will taste 8 different wines, beginning with a sparkling wine and including both whites and reds. You will be tasting wines from the world-famous Napa Valley wine country but may also include wines from Anderson Valley, Calaveras, Placer, Nevada, Amador, El Dorado, Monterrey and Yolo counties as well as the Central Valley. The wines that you will be tasting on your tour have been hand selected by us from our favorite wineries in each region. The wineries chosen are high-end boutique wineries and the chosen wines are exclusive to the winery tasting rooms, with the exception of the Golden Rose! We will have bottles available to purchase at the end of your trip to enjoy during your stay in Lake Tahoe or to take home to add to the rest of your collection.
Andis Wines are located in Amador County where they have a beautiful modern ‘green’ winery and tasting room. Keeping with their environmentally friendly goals, they have 2 Tesla charging stations as well as an EV charging station. We will be featuring their 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, a refreshingly crisp wine with tropical notes and aromas.
Brian Arden Wines, located in Calistoga, California in the Napa Valley, have been bottling their wines since 2008. They opened their beautiful tasting room in 2015 but their winemakers are 3rd and 4th generation winemakers with vines dating back to 1886 in Lake County, California. Not only are they longtime friends of ours but we love their wine! We’re excited for you to try their 2014 Sangiovese with us.
Established in 2010, the Clarksburg Wine Company is located in the historic Old Sugar Mill in Clarksburg, California. They are focused on producing a range of full-bodied red and aromatic white varietals that bring out the best of the characteristics that distinguish our local wine growing region. The 2013 Cabernet Franc is featured on the Golden Rose. A Loire Style Cab Franc, inspired by the great wines of the Chinon and Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil, bottled with little to no barrel aging in the late spring the year after harvest.
Dono dal Cielo is a small boutique winery in the Sierra Foothills crafting award-winning wines with a focus on their brilliant Zinfandels. They have great outdoor seating to enjoy a cheese platter and a glass of wine with friends or picnic on their “Zinfandel Hill”. They have live music on most Saturdays in the summer and various days throughout the year. We’re excited to share our favorite Dono dal Cielo Zin with you, the 2014 Zinfandel which just won Double Gold at the San Francisco Chronicle.
Four Winds Cellars is surrounded by 100 acres of grapes from the Gerber Vineyard, which is the largest vineyard in Calaveras County. Four Winds Cellars grapes are estate grown and are from the same vineyard as Napa and Sonoma Valley notables Stagg’s Leap, Rodney Strong and Carneros Creek wineries. The Four Winds Cellars tasting room is rich in history and dates back to the 1880’s. Tahoe Tastings and the Golden Rose are proud to share the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon which is dark cherry in color, with aromas of mulberry, cassis, vanilla, dark chocolate and espresso. Enjoy this full bodied wine with rich stews, pastas, or roast dinners.
Ironstone Vineyards is a family-owned and operated winery that places as much emphasis on the natural beauty and history of our surroundings as we do on the quality of our wines. Located in Murphys, in the heart of the Sierra Foothills in California’s scenic Gold Rush Country, Ironstone is a state-of-the-art wine production facility. The winery was built in the style of a 19th century gold stamp mill and has antiques and gold mining artifacts on display throughout the facility, they also have an amazing summer concert series in their amphitheater. We feature their 2013 Reserve Chardonnay which has an extremely concentrated tropical fruit flavor with nuances of butterscotch, vanilla and ripe apple.
LangeTwins Family Winery from Lodi, has a long rich history of farming dating back to 1870. Their love of farming turned into a passion for wine, they are now on their fifth generation of winemakers. They believe in practicing habitat restoration and taking advantage of renewable energy through solar power at their state-of-the-art wine making facility. We have chosen their 2014 Nero D’Avola, which is a single varietal Sicilian wine, barrel aged for 18 months to share on your tour. The LangeTwins 2014 Nero D’Avola can only be found at their winery or on the Golden Rose of course!
We will begin your wine tasting tour with us with a glass of Mirabelle Brut from Schramsberg Vineyards – America’s House of Sparkling Wine, based in the Napa Valley. This young, bright bubbly exhibits the crisp acidity and vibrant green apple/citrus fruit that is characteristic of cool-climate Chardonnay. Pinot Noir adds body, mid-palate and further richness of fruit flavor. As with Schramsberg’s single-vintage sparkling wines, all grapes for Mirabelle are grown in the cool-climate pockets of California’s North Coast, including Carneros, Anderson Valley, Sonoma Coast and Marin County. The fruit is hand-picked in the early morning hours at optimal maturity. We know your tour will get off to a great start with a glass of this bubbly.
*Wines may be substituted and changed without notice.
Past wines featured on the Golden Rose:
Dawn’s Dream Winery, focuses on Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Rosé. The vineyards range from the coastal regions of Monterey County, to the golden hills of Carmel Valley and Santa Lucia Highlands. Dawn’s dream has always been to help create dreams for others by donating her product, money or time to support nonprofit organizations, both locally and globally. Dawn’s passion for helping women and children equals her passion for making wine. On the Golden Rose, you will get to taste her Pinot Noir Rosé, this clean, satisfying Rosé is the epitome of luxurious refreshment.
Miner’s Leap is a small family winery in Clarksburg just outside of Sacramento, in Yolo County. Miner’s Leap is located along the Sacramento River, setting a gorgeous backdrop for visitors of this beautiful winery. Plan on staying awhile and bring a picnic lunch along with your four legged and two legged friends to enjoy live music and the beautiful atmosphere. We have chosen to share their 2014 Cinsaut, a French grape grown on 130 year old vines in Lodi, with our guests.
Naggiar Vineyards is our favorite winery in Nevada County, located in Grass Valley, California. They are family owned and operated and their wines are estate grown. A truly beautiful location with live music through the summer and a bistro on the weekends. We can’t wait for you to try one of their reserve wines, the 2012 La Boheme, their elegant Bordeaux blend that rounds out the wine tasting tour with a blend of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, malbec and petit verdot. This is a small batch blend with only 6 barrels produced.
Toogood Estate Winery out of FairPlay, California in El Dorado County, has several amazing wines for any pallet. We have chosen to share their 2012 Aglianico, an estate grown varietal from their reserve collection with you. In addition to their wide variety of wines, they also have a beautiful cave in the hills which is a must-visit stop off the Highway 50 corridor.
Truckee River Winery was established 26 years ago with the vision of sourcing quality grapes, bringing the fruit to Truckee in order to take advantage of the high elevation and cold temperatures to naturally cool the fermentation and slow down the barrel aging process. Thus becoming the highest and coldest winery. We feature their 2013 Chalk Hill Malbec which won Double Gold in the 2016 SF Chronicle. Coming from the Chalk Hill AVA in Sonoma county, this wine is aged for 1.5 years in 50% American and 50% French oak. This is a full bodied wine with a deep purple hue, aromas of cedar box, violets and leather, spiced blackberry and toasted oak flavors.