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Sommelier-Approved Wine Bars and Restaurants in Truckee

Alex Silgalis
October 22, 2023
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A day of adventure deserves a celebration. After a day on the links could mean enjoying a libation on an outdoor patio. Powder hounds may thirst for a frosty pint at one of our award-winning breweries. And yet for many, nothing goes better with being in the mountains than a glass of wine. Here are five Sommelier Approved Wine Bars and Restaurants in Truckee to savor a Zin at.

Truckee River Winery

This family owned and operated winery is the highest, coldest, and snowiest winery in the country. What started as a hobby to make great wines for friends and family became a business in 1989. Since then, the winery has moved from a garage to a two story barn and won countless awards. In 2009, they opened a tasting room on Brockway Road where you can sample all their varietals from Old Vine Zinfandels to Barrel Aged Chardonnay.

Uncorked Truckee

Chris and Kel Barkman, co-owners of Uncorked Tahoe, have combined their talents and expertise to open up this welcoming wine bar. Their business model is so successful that they now have three other locations – Olympic Valley and Tahoe City along with a restaurant - Petra in the Northstar Village. What you’ll find is a well curated wine selection based on Chris’ experience as a certified sommelier and his customers' palates.

Tasting pour at Uncorked Truckee.
Sample a huge selection of wine at Uncorked Truckee in downtown Truckee.

The Pour House

Looking to expand your horizons when it comes to wine? The Pour House will fit the bill. They specialize in finding smaller producers that create amazing wines for any budget. Inside you’ll find a large selection from Napa Valley to New Zealand, Oregon to Italy, and Australia to Alsace and beyond.

Moody’s Bistro, Bar & Beats

Since opening in 2002, Moody's Bistro has become the quintessential Truckee experience for mountain cuisine. Named after the original builder of the historic Truckee Hotel which it sits in, the building has been a waypoint for weary travelers since the late 19th century. Moody’s classic lounge inspired setting will make you feel at home, and the tasteful Zagat rated menu will ensure you’ll be happy with the selection. Depending on the mood you’re in, the lunch menu is focused on artfully done sandwiches such as a Niman Pork Sandwich to sit-down meals for dinner. A place to sip a glass of wine while enjoying farm-to-table eats as you listen to live music playing in the background.

Be sure to enjoy the curated wine list at Moody's Bistro, Bar & Beats
Grab a seat at the bar for a Truckee locals vibe at Moody's Bistro, Bar & Beats.

Cottonwood Restaurant & Bar

Overlook downtown Truckee and the Truckee River as you savor a glass of Pinot in a classic ski lodge. Hand-built from salvaged railroad ties in 1928 and featured one of the first mechanical lifts in the nation, the Hilltop Lodge’s location has gone through several iterations in its life. As of 1989, it has featured the Cottonwood Restaurant, home to an elevated dining menu and a full bar with hand-crafted cocktails. If visiting in the summer months, the large outdoor patio offers plenty of legroom to take in the view and even play a little bocce.

Tucked atop the site of Truckee's first ski hill, the views from the Cottonwood deck are 10/10.
Indulge in perfectly paired wine and eats at Cottonwood.

The Lodge At Tahoe Donner

An award winning bistro tucked in the Tahoe Donner neighborhood, it provides the opportunity to enjoy a glass of wine alongside a well crafted meal with organic meats and local produce. Expect to find a menu made with French and Pacific Rim influences in dishes ranging from grilled braised Angus beef short rib with whipped potatoes, to the soba noodle filled with seasonal veggies, mushrooms, and green curry. The hand-picked wine selection and craft cocktail menu will ensure that your meal is a memorable one.

The Lodge at Tahoe Donner is a cozy spot to sip a pinot on a winter's day.

Great Gold

Just like music where certain genres fit into moments and others clash, so does food and wine. Dishes and wines should pair together as if doing the Rumba. The flirtation of flavors should combine for an elevated dining experience. This modern American Italian restaurant understands the importance and curates their offerings alongside their extensive wine list to make sure you have an unforgettable meal.

Pianeta Ristorante

The perfect spot for a candlelit dinner with its warm intimate atmosphere. Italian for planet, similar to a lunar body that revolves around the sun, the “star” here is the cuisine. Specializing in Northern Italian cuisine, you’ll find an extensive menu featuring their homemade pastas, seafood such as mussels, and double-cut lamb chops in a minty pesto sauce. And like any great Italian meal, Pianeta provides an excellent wine list to go with the star-filled entrees and appetizers.

An interior view of Pianeta Ristorante in downtown Truckee.
Known for its warm ambiance, Pianeta is a great choice for an intimate dinner or drinks.


While known for crafting artisan coffee creations, in the morning hours just like an Italian bistro, it serves wine as well. And mirroring their coffee roasts, their wine selection leans towards unique Italian varietals such as La Quercia Aglianico which is bottled in Abruzzo. They also serve exclusive wine from the Podere Ciona Estate in Tuscany.

Truckee Wine Walk

Sample wine and enjoy bite-sized snacks from over 30+ restaurants and vendors. Every fall around the 1st weekend of October, the historic Downtown area opens its arms and doors to residents and visitors for the Downtown Truckee Wine, Walk and Shop. This year, the two-decade-old tradition will have you tour through the historic district surrounded by fall colors on October 7th.

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Alex Silgalis

Born and raised as a flat lander in Chicagoland, Alex spent his summers working to save up for a season pass to the local hill along with any trips out West or beyond he could squeeze in. It was during his travels, both as a kid & an adult, Alex discovered his inspiration for Local Freshies® . His idea was to create the No. 1 Web site providing the local scoop on where to eat, drink & play in mountain towns throughout North America. When he’s not writing and executing marketing strategies for small businesses & agencies, he’s in search of the deepest snow in the winter and tackiest dirt in the summer alongside the love of his life and business partner, Jaime Pirozzi.

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