Truckee River Winery wins two medals in prestigious S.F. wine competition

Did you know that Truckee has its own winery? It does — and it just won two medals in the prestigious 2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Tasting Competition.

The family owned winery — whose owner-winemaker is Russ Jones — won a silver for its Pinot Noir and a silver for its Malbec in the competition. After receiving a record 6,417 entries from more than 25 states, the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, recognized as the largest competition of American wines, announced its winners this weekend.

“Truckee River Winery was established 25 years ago with the vision of sourcing quality grapes, bringing the fruit to Truckee in order to take advantage of the high elevation and cold temperatures to naturally cool the fermentation and slow down the barrel aging process,” as the winery states. “Thus becoming the highest and coldest winery. Our focus from the beginning has been to produce handcrafted wines with great structure and finesse.”

The grapes aren’t grown in Truckee, mind you. But the winery (complete with a bocce ball court or curling court, depending on the season) as well as the winemaking talent is there. Jones was born in Yosemite, was a ski racer in high school at Squaw, and he graduated from UC Davis with a degree in Enology and Viticulture (winemaking and grape growing). He and his wife traveled through Oregon, Washington and Paso Robles, where he worked at several wineries and perfected the Pinot Noir process. They then moved back to Truckee to start a family, and that is when he decided to make his own wine.”

Other Nevada County wineries that won medals were Avanguardia, Naggiar and Montoliva.

Truckee River Winery from Destination Media Solutions on Vimeo.

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