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7 Places to Sip Champagne and California Wine in Truckee

January 26, 2023
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February is the month of love in Truckee and nothing pairs better with romance than California wines! Time to get cozy with your love at a Truckee wine bar, splurge on a bottle of champagne, or book an intimate wine tasting. There are plenty of romantic mountain town experiences in Truckee, from picnicking in a winter wonderland yurt to an evening of fine wines and dining at High Camp with sweeping views of Palisades Tahoe. Here are seven places to sip champagne, taste wine, and turn up the romance this Valentine's Day and all month long.

1. Book a Tasting at Truckee River Winery

The Truckee River Winery, located in downtown Truckee on South River Street, has been producing award-winning wines since 1989. They offer a variety of intimate wine tastings and tours by appointment at their Red Barn production site, a “micro farm with a homestead on site.” This winter, Truckee River Winery offers weekly tastings at outdoor firepits or indoor fireplace lounges in addition to special winter tastings.

Nothing says “I love you” like chocolate and wine! Book a special Valentine’s tasting at the Truckee River Winery and enjoy wine, chocolate-covered strawberries, and truffles from Tandem chocolates. Available between February 14th to 18th.

2. Wine Tasting Picnic in a Winter Wonderland Snow Bubble

Give your sweetheart a Valentine’s Day in Truckee they won’t forget – book an intimate wine tasting picnic in a winter wonderland snow bubble! Truckee River Winery teamed up with Tahoe Elevated Picnics to offer this memorable experience. An insulated bubble yurt invites you to get cozy with your love while savoring locally produced cheese and charcuterie, a 6-varietal curated tasting, and an exclusive tour with a Truckee River Winery's winemaker. 

3. Sip at Uncorked Truckee, a Cozy Truckee Wine Bar

Wine lovers will enjoy a stop at Uncorked Truckee for any Valentine’s itinerary. The cozy wine bar offers a curated selection of California wines and imports in an intimate setting that feels like your very own private venue. Sidle up at the bar where the vino flows from the hands of knowledgeable somms who will find the perfect pours for you and your valentine. Relax and enjoy a tasting, then grab a bottle off of Uncorked Truckee’s wine shop menu to keep the good times flowing.

4. Build the Perfect Charcuterie at The Pour House Wine Shop 

The Pour House Wine Shop is a secret gem tucked away on Jibboom Street, just behind downtown Truckee’s main thoroughfare. Pop over and browse their curated selection of unusual wines from all over the world with expert advice from their staff. Find your next bottle for a romantic picnic or dinner, plus everything you need for a well-supplied charcuterie: cheese, crackers, snacks, and more.

5. Sip and Shop at Bluestone Jewelry & Wine in Downtown Truckee

Whether you’re shopping for an engagement ring or browsing their signature Lake Tahoe necklaces, Bluestone Jewelry & Wine is the place to go to sip and shop. The Truckee jeweler stocks a selection of local wines from the Sierra foothills for a memorable tasting while you browse. Open every day from 10:30am-5pm.

6. Winter Pairings Dinner Series ft. Sonoma Cutrer

Kick off the month of love in Truckee with an unforgettable wine tasting experience at Palisades Tahoe on Saturday, Feb 3rd. Your evening will start with a welcome toast featuring Sonoma Cutrer Russian River Valley Brut Rose as you board the tram and head to High Camp. At the top, you’ll be treated to a 4-course, plated dining experience with a selection of Sonoma Cutrer vintages carefully chosen and paired by their team and chef.

Missed the February winter pairing dinner at Palisades Tahoe? Check out the next one on March 16th, Winter Pairings Dinner Series ft Good Wolf Brewery & Lead Dog Brewing.

7. Sip Boutique Wines at Tahoe Wine Collective

Located on the north shore of Lake Tahoe in Tahoe City, choose from featured wine tasting menus highlighting small family owned wineries from the Sierra Foothills. Try tasting a signature flight and enjoy pairing it with charcuterie and cheese from local vendors.

Cozy Bars, Breweries, Beer Gardens

Along with the above Truckee wine tasting options, don’t forget about Truckee’s bars, breweries, and beer gardens for celebratory craft cocktails, wine, beer, and champagne during the month of love! 

Spread Truckee Love! Give a Sustainable Truckee Gift Card for Valentine’s Day

Looking for a meaningful Valentine's gift? Give your sweetheart a Sustainable Truckee Gift Card, an e-gift card redeemable at over 50 Truckee businesses. It’s a great way to show your Truckee Love while supporting local stewardship projects. Visit Truckee-Tahoe gives back with every card, matching 25% of all sales for Sustainable Truckee stewardship projects.

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Cover photo credit: Vincent Zacha-Herthel courtesy Truckee River Winery

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