Reno 411

This past weekend, Kara and I headed up to Reno, Nevada to visit my folks for a couple of days.

When we arrived, my dad told me that he would be making us dinner, so Kara and I drove over to Craft Wine and Beer to pick up a couple bottles of geeky goodness…

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Craft Wine and Beer

While shopping around the store, we each had a glass of rose…

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KO 2011 Rose

The KO 2011 Rose from France is made of Gamay, Cabernet Franc, and a little known grape from the Loire called Grolleau.  The wine is 12.5% alcohol, and was served lightly chilled.

Color: It’s a darker salmon pink color.

Nose: The fruit is of strawberry shock tarts and tangerine.  There is a nice honey and wheat note on the tail end.

Taste: Good fruit of strawberry and nectarine.  Subtle notes of grass.  Good acidity.

Score: The perfect wine when you are browsing for wine on a hot day.  88+

I ended up getting two bottles to bring home for dinner.  If you want to see a fun video about the wines that I bought, click here.

The next morning, Kara and I went down to the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino to check out The Great International Chicken Wing Society Cook-Off

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The Cook-Off

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Wings

While we were walking around the festival, we overheard that they were looking for some judges to sample and vote on all the wings…

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I couldn’t say no… So I said yes.

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My official score card… Along with a few chicken bones.

Later that day, we walked around downtown Reno where we spotted a whole bunch of tribute bands at the All American BBQ Fest

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Roses and Guns as Guns n’ Roses

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Blaze of Glory as Bon Jovi

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Crossfire as Stevie Ray Vaughn

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The Jacks as AC/DC

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Gwen in Doubt as No Doubt

On the last day, we went on a search for some good eats.

We started at Hash House a go go in Harrah’s Casino for lunch…

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This is the only place that could make beer in a bag look classy.

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The Famous One Pound Stuffed Burger with Fries and a Harpoon of Rosemary

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Lovin’ this Burger

After lunch, we walked over to Jungle Vino along the shore of the Truckee River for a drink…

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It’s tough to turn down a beer called Moose Drool…

Next stop was the West Street Wine Bar

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Domaine de L’Oubliee 2010 Bourguiel

Bourguiel is a region in the Loire Valley of France.  These red wines are 100% Cabernet Franc.

Color: The Darkness!  This is a dark ruby to purple colored wine.

Nose: Big bike tires on the nose.  There is a nice hint of green bell pepper and blackberry as well.

Taste: This wine is DRY!  Green bell pepper.  Cabbage.  Black pepper.  Mint.

Score: This is a big, fun, nerdy wine.  I love it.  89

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Before dinner, we played a quick round of Beer Pong at Harrah’s.

Our last stop was the Thai Corner Cafe for some all-you-can-eat sushi…

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Sushi Goodness

And that’s the 411 on Reno.

Stay Rad,

Jeff

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