Wine Tasting in Lake Tahoe
After a long day (or week) of water sports and mountain climbing in Lake Tahoe, it’s nice to sit down and relax with a glass of wine, or six. Lake Tahoe is only three hours away from Napa Valley, a world-famous wine growing region. While this isn’t Napa Valley, Lake Tahoe soils share many of the same characteristics, and the Tahoe Basin has grown some delicious grapes. There are several places to go wine tasting to try locally grown, Napa Valley and internationally renowned wines. When the weather in Lake Tahoe is warm, the wine is flowing, and the best places to enjoy it range from the small tasting rooms with a few options, to the restaurants with delicious food and more wine than you could try in several sittings.
Apres Wine Company
Located in South Lake Tahoe, Apres has been voted best wines by the glass, with over 50 wines to taste daily. If you’re on a trip with the family, this might not be your first choice because no one under 21 is allowed in for dining, but at least your experience won’t be tainted by crying children.
Every Tuesday is Tasting Tuesday where there are 4 wines, 3 appetizers and discounted bottles starting at 6pm. Then with their Sunday Sippers, you can try 6 wines for just $10. That, my friends, sounds like the perfect way to end a weekend in Lake Tahoe. On top of their great wine selection, they have a full menu and delicious appetizers that pair perfectly with a glass of wine. The strawberry bruschetta and smoked mozzarella stuffed figs are particularly appealing.
Picchetti Winery Tasting Room
This is the only winery you’ll find open year round in these parts, and its small and intimate setting is a great way to kill a few hours on vacation while you make a few friends. Their wines are made in Napa Valley, and shipped here, but we’re okay with that minor detail. Build your own tasting flight (of 5 wines) for $5, or sample the estate wines by the glass. All of the staff is knowledgeable and can recommend something you’ll truly enjoy. You can book the private tasting room for events year round and they are very accommodating when it comes to customizing your special day, so don’t let any special occasions go unnoticed.
Dillan Wines Tasting Room
Open Friday-Sunday, this on-site tasting room is right in the middle of Amador’s wine country. Everyone that works here is friendly and helpful, like a good family business should be!
Red Poets and Skyhawk Lane Winery
This Lake Tahoe tasting room is small but you’ll get some bang for your buck. Sample their wines and you won’t be disappointed, but don’t expect a lavish event out of it all, or a glass with a nice, tranquil view. The tasting room is on a small street, and the room is just as small on the inside as it looks from the outside, which is fine by us!
A Few More Tastings…
- The Cork & More is a catering company and deli that hosts wine tasting events every now and then, so it wouldn’t be a bad idea to be on the lookout for those if they happen to fall during your trip. The tasty treats they serve while your sipping your wine make this an event worth attending.
- Beer is fun to taste too! Don’t miss the Brewery at Lake Tahoe to try a few of their hand-crafted beers and the wines they have on the menu. They have a great happy hour, and it’s pretty cool that they were the first brewery in the area.
Wine tasting is one of the best things to do in Lake Tahoe when you’re ready to relax and unwind for a few hours. And don’t go home without a bottle of local wine to add to your collection and remember forever.
This article was written by Lizz Riggs, editor of TahoesBest.com.