The snow storm continues with light flurries in North Tahoe this morning and after a day on the slopes, few things beat sharing stories over a glass of wine. Whether you are looking for a new apres ski venue, memorable place for a date or just want to know about the places not to miss, the three best Truckee / North Tahoe wine bars in California are covered below.
The Pour House is most often rated residents’ favorite place to go for tastings, to pick up a bottle before dinner, to sample new wines and enjoy old favorites. Just steps from historic downtown, this wine bar boasts the most intimate atmosphere of all the shops in town. Locals especially appreciate the monthly wine club. Run by a husband and wife team, The Pour House evolved out of the duo’s 25 years in the food and beverage business. Get the scoop on this special little place that has a gigantic appetite for wine at www.thepourhousetruckee.com. Visit owners Dean, Christa and their loyal followers in person 11am to 7pm Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 5pm on Sundays, and if you want to learn a bit more, read a recent in-depth review by one of the self-proclaimed “Po-Hos” in Moonshine Ink.
The Pour House Wine Shop & Tasting Bar • www.thepourhousetruckee.com • 10075 Jibboom Street in Truckee • (530) 550-9664
Corkscrews, a newcomer, brings an urban flair to downtown Tahoe City. Expect to be surrounded by white, white and more white the moment you step inside. The Merlots, Zins, Cabs and other bottles of red stand out against the walls. Take a seat at the bar and chat with owners Elgin and Brooks Marsted who opened the place in summer 2009. If you’re missing your Cowgirl Creamery favorites, this is the place for Mt. Tam and all the Creamery’s delights – bring them home or enjoy them with a flight by the lake. Corkscrews also has a big selection in a small place. In addition to wines from Californian, Corkscrews carries bottles from Washington, Oregon, Spain, Chile, Argentina, New Zealand, France, Italy and Uruguay.
Corkscrews Wine & Cheese Bar • www.corkscrewswinebar.com • Cobblestone Mall, 475 North Lake Blvd. in Tahoe City • (530)581.1106 • open daily
OLYMPIC VALLEY (SQUAW)
Uncorked Owner Kali Kopley is pleased to offer this season’s new Women of Winter Wine Wednesdays and the gals -and guys- around town love it. WWWW offers a selection of wines for $4 a glass from 5 to 8pm every Wednesday night. There are special winemaker tastings every Friday and Saturday from 4 to 7pm. Olympic Valley resident, wine collector and frequent Uncorked customer, Jim Foley recommends Kopley, “Kali is supremely well-informed and savvy. Her shop at Squaw Valley offers a wide array of interesting wines and excellent values.”
Uncorked at Squaw • www.uncorkedatsquaw.com • The Village at Squaw Valley in Olympic Valley • (530) 584-6090 • open daily
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