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Looks like a lot of fun on a chilly day at Truckee River Winery Tasting Room Looks like a lot of fun on a chilly day at Truckee River Winery Tasting Room

TASTE News Service, March 4, 2020 – Truckee River Winery has once again been recognized by the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. 

At this year’s 20th annual event, Truckee River Winery took home four awards: Silver for 2018 Pinot Noir, Silver for 2018 Chardonnay, Bronze for 2018 Zinfandel and Bronze for 2016 Malbec.

The winery’s flagship 2017 Tondré Pinot Noir is an unfined and unfiltered pinot. The winery says it presents “ . . . aromas of cassis and sweet spice, with a hint of fresh earth. The palate is heavy and rich of dark cherry with subtle toasted French oak and vanilla.”

Truckee River Winery’s 2018 Lodi oaked Chardonnay is defined as “full bodied and well rounded, with crisp apple flavors and subtle French oak.” This wine starts its life in Lodi, and then is barrel aged in French oak and bottled in Truckee.

“For 30 years we’ve been climbing the ladder. Every year we learn and every year we make better wine,” says founder and winemaker Russ Jones. “It's great to be recognized for all of our hard work."

Nearly 6,700 wines from over 1,000 wineries were entered into this year’s competition. There were over 65 judges representing various North American wine regions. For more information check out the SF Chronicle’s website here.

About Truckee River Winery: Founder and winemaker Russ Jones started Truckee River Winery in 1989, encouraged by friends who had enjoyed his homemade wine for years. Russ converted his two-car garage into a bonded winery, making about 1,000 cases that year. He’s been fine-tuning his craft and producing quality wine for the 30 years since. Almost all of the grapes are hand-picked in California, then driven up to Truckee where they are crushed the next morning. In 2009, the family opened the Tasting Room in Truckee, which quickly became an integral part of the community. After a 10-year run, the tasting room closed in 2020, but the winery continues to produce high quality wine while the family looks for a new tasting room location. For more information visit www.truckeeriverwinery.com.

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