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Nevada ridgeYes. They make wine in Nevada. There are four wineries in the state to be precise. Pahrump Valley Winery, who makes Nevada Ridge, is the best known and for good reason—they make several good wines, from both Nevada-grown and California grapes.

When I was a kid, my favorite candy was Red Hots—small, hard, cinnamon-flavored candies with peppery heat. The nose on this Tempranillo reminds of those candies, although it is thoroughly dry with no hint of sweetness. Packed with fresh, bright scents of black cherry, pencil lead, and cinnamon, the nose has remarkable focus and clarity. The medium weight palate adds coffee notes to the flavor profile. A little coarse but piquant and vigorous on the finish, the medium plus acidity and robust tannins make this a sassy Tempranillo with a fiery flare not often associated with this grape. Made from grapes grown in Nevada’s Amargosa County.

Their Viognier, Primativo, and Zinfandel were also impressive.

Pahrump Valley is about 1 hour West of Las Vegas. Their tastings are free, they offer scheduled tours of the winery, and there is a fine dining restaurant on premises. It’s worth a side trip when you tire of games.

Score: 89

Price: $22

Alc: 14%

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