Bar of America delivers

By Lou Phillips ·



Wonderful food and drink, and live music await.


Bar of America has been a wine, food and music destination for more than 30 years. Step through the large double-doors and experience a piece of Americana in this Gold Rush era space.

A recent facelift brings the bright-and-shiny back while honoring the historic nature of the building. The bar area features a beautiful antique back bar and large booths, and in the dining room they have kept the beloved communal tables locals and visitors have enjoyed for years. In addition, there is a spacious new outdoor patio with mountain views and great people watching.

For lovers of California’s best, the wine list aims to please. Napa, Sonoma, Central Coast and the Sierra Foothills are all featured, and you’re bound to see some of your favorites.

A great way to start is with a glass of Roederer Estate Brut from Mendocino for $14 by the glass? Appetites will be prepped and hearts will be happy.

For fans of classic Cali sunshine-in-a-glass, the 2012 Talbott Kali Hart at $14 by the glass and $44 for the bottle brings rich, creamy, nutty, tropical fruit and smoky, vanilla goodness to your palate. Tomato Basil Soup with applewood smoked bacon matches the bright notes of the wine.

Next, buy local with the award-winning 2011 Truckee River Winery Gary’s Vineyard Pinot Noir at $17 for the glass and $55 by the bottle. Not a Pinot for the meek, this wine visits French oak barrels for several months and has big, dark cherry and spicy flavors along with plenty of tannin making for a wonderful partner to the Bulliet Whiskey Rib Eye with peppercorn sauce. Bring your appetite, as this is 18 oz. of pure Angus goodness.

Another perfect pair is the 2012 Atlas Peak Cabernet Sauvignon at $14 by the glass and $42 for the bottle and the Big Ass Pork Chop. Atlas Peak is one of the highest elevation sites in Napa, and this Cab has the ripe black fruit, cedar note, and stout backbone combination that makes Napa lovers of us all. The pork chop is delivered bone-in, and accompanied by pancetta, fennel-slaw and mashers.


Pair the All American Brownie with Graham’s 10 Year Tawny Port.

When it’s time for dessert, try one of the sized-for-two creations, like the All American Brownie with vanilla ice cream and berry coulis, accompanied by Graham’s 10 Year Tawny Port at $16.50 by the glass.

Wonderful food and drink, and live music to dance the night away await at Bar of America.

Lou Phillips is a Level 3 (advanced) Sommelier and wine educator specializing in advising private collectors and businesses. He may be reached at (775) 544-3435 or [email protected] Visit for more Wine Time columns.