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ATD Official Wine Launch

My name is AboutTownDeb; it has always been my passion to bring family, friends, and communities together. Much like a branch that is connected to the vine, we are all uniquely connected to each other, which is why every bottle you enjoy, a portion of the proceeds are generously donated to local non-profits. A special thank you to my Dad, PapaTony, for sharing the gift of Love, Grace, and Kindness. Let us all cheers to memorable moments, and remember that #TogetherWeAreOneHeart.

It has been a tremendous honor to partner with Crystal Basin Cellars to curate this special wine.

Crystal Basin Cellars boasts the best team in the Sierra Foothills. Dan and Erich, our production staff, may not be on-site when you visit, but you can be assured that their focus is on creating the most flavorful wines from local fruit. Our main hospitality team players — KZ, Debi, Chris, Melissa, and Mike — provide a wine tasting experience that is one part fun, one part information, and a price-to-value that is second to none. We call our style of service “legendary foothill hospitality!”

$1.00 of every bottle sold on the website will be going to NNCCF through Feb 19th, 2021 and will be doubled by the William N. Pennington Foundation. Check out the website to get your wine delivered to your door shipping included. Reno Wine Distributors now distributes our ATD Red Blend so stay tuned to see where you can purchase locally.

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Celebrating National Dairy Month, Nevada-style

If you know me, you know that I love good food. You may not also know that I’m a huge fan of all things dairy, especially cheese. (Also, ice cream.)


So, I was thrilled to be a part of National Dairy Month in June, organized by the Nevada Dairymen & Dairy Council of Nevada®. Who wouldn’t love a chance to taste a variety of dishes created by local chefs especially for Nevada Dairy Month?


My wing woman Jorja and I visited four different restaurants last month, each offering a unique dish that was only available for Nevada Dairy Month. Spoiler alert: those dishes are no longer on the menu; you can find the recipes for them at the end of this post.


We began at Sassafras Eclectic Food Joint with the Cheezeno Burger, which included grilled paella cheese on a potato bun with mixed artisan greens and a homemade chipotle crème. Owner and Chef Anthony Fish said he was inspired to participate in National Dairy Month to support his favorite Dairy, Sand Hill in Fallon.


  The Perla di Zafferano at Liberty Food & Wine Exchange was almost too pretty to eat!


Next, we headed to Liberty Food & Wine Exchange, where we sampled a delicious and unusual dessert, the Perla di Zafferano. Chef Katie said she was inspired to participate in National Dairy Month to showcase her creativity using spices that are not usually found in desserts.  The Perla was a delicious and light dessert that’s perfect for summer. Chef Katie won’t give everything away, but she did tell me that ingredients include milk, along with cardamom and saffron, which give it a surprising flavor.


I always love visiting Two Chicks in Midtown, since it means I get to see Jessie and Haley!


After that, we visited Two Chicks in Midtown for breakfast. But not just any breakfast, mind you. We got to try their special Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast Quesadilla!


Haley (Red Chick) and Jessie (Yellow Chick) and I go way back. They both made sure they spoiled my dad, Papa Tony, and me during every visit. Both are Nevada natives and Reno enthusiasts. Best friends and co-workers for over a decade, they’re more like sisters.


They’ve been in the cheese business since they were kids, so it made sense to capitalize on what they know best! The Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast quesadillas featured Sand Hill Dairy serrano white cheddar, scrambled eggs, ham, salsa verde, and avocado. Check out my interview with them below!



My final stop for National Dairy Month was The Slanted Porch, where Jorja and I enjoyed chatting with Chef Steve Hernandez and Owner Dawn Whitten. Oh my goodness, the Sand Hill Dairy Mac and Cheese was the BEST! The creamy freshness brought back memories of being on my family’s farm in Nebraska.  This is the perfect down-home, farm fresh, locally sourced mac and cheese made with Sand Hill whole milk, cream, and three kinds of Sand Hill cheese!



If you didn’t have a chance to try these dishes last month, you can in the comfort of your own home, since the chefs kindly shared them. Let me know how the dishes turn out, and which one was your favorite!


Nevada Dairy Month Recipes

Sassafras Eclectic Food Joint Cheezeno Burger 

Liberty Food & Wine Exchange Perla di Zafferano

Two Chicks Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast Quesadilla

The Slanted Porch Mac and Cheese

Falling in Love with Saluti Cellars

As the saying goes, life is what happens when you’re busy making plans. For Tina and Randy Rossi of Saluti Cellars, their venture into being a choice wedding venue in the Northern California
El Dorado wine country showed up on their unfinished doorstep over
10 years ago.

“We were pouring cement, and a woman showed up and asked to have her wedding on the property,” recalls Tina. “We were probably two years away from being ready, but she had it all planned out in her mind.” So Tina and Randy went ahead and made arrangements for it to happen, and the bride was thrilled.

Weddings have been a regular occurrence at their 250-acre canyon

vineyard ever since, with many of those couples returning with their growing families.

“Randy and I are very involved with every single bride and groom,” Tina explained of their business philosophy. “We know their families, they come back and visit us.

We have life-long relationships with them.”

Their commitment to their guests is second only to their commitment to their community. One of their largest events each year is a law enforcement appreciation night. Randy, a 30-year veteran of law enforcement, and Tina, having a long career on the administrative side of law, met while working in the field and continue to share a strong bond with first responders, including firefighters.

They were happy to have been able to help when a large fire impacted the community around them, by providing shelter for displaced horses during evacuations, and by allowing fire personnel to stage their response efforts on their property and use the water from their lake to help battle the flames. These are just two examples of their love for their community and the people
who come to share in their enjoyment of the area.

While weddings and events keep them plenty busy, their property allows for so much more than a walk down the aisle. Saluti Cellars is, first and foremost, a vineyard, yielding between 1,200 and 1,500 cases of wine per year. Their wine is known for its bold, yet smooth, handcrafted flavors and has won numerous awards, including four Double Gold medals and numerous Gold.

“We make wine how we like it,” Randy said of their views on developing their products. “It may not be the way the next person likes it, and that’s ok. We just make wine that we enjoy and that we find our club

members enjoy.”

Saluti also boasts a beautiful bed and breakfast with three separate suites to accommodate a total of six people, perfect for an intimate weekend getaway with family or friends. Guests can expect to feast on meals made from ingredients grown on the property, including organic vegetables, cage free eggs, and beef and lamb raised and cared for on site.

“Everything we try to do here is as environmentally friendly as possible,” Randy explains. “That’s why we have caves to store the wine and avoid using harsh chemicals to treat the barrels or sanitize equipment.”

In fact, Saluti has received awards for being “Fish Friendly Farming,” which denotes that any runoff they have doesn’t negatively impact their ponds or the fish that live in them.

Their solid commitment to the environment and reducing their carbon footprint includes serving the needs of their property through the utilization of solar energy, a gravity fed water system using a large lake on the property, and electric powered vehicles and forklifts.

Guests with electric vehicles also have access to two charging stations to power up while they enjoy the beautiful scenery and atmosphere of

the property.

Things have certainly come a long way since that first bride saw the potential in Saluti Cellars. As Tina and Randy reminisce about how ill-prepared they were for the event at the time, Tina can’t help but laugh.

“We must have done something right,” she said. “Because they came

back and did their 10-year vow renewal this year.”

For more information on everything Saluti Cellars has to offer,

visit their website at saluticellars.com.


Wine Walk

Join me About Town Deb for the Reno Wine Walk, every third Saturday of the month, benefiting a different local non-profit each month within the northern Nevada community. Sample wine at over 20 different locations along the Reno Riverwalk from 2-5pm with a raffle after the wine walk at the host location starting at 5:15pm.
Cost: $20