Back in April, my mom celebrated her 57th birthday. She has lived in Pahrump for many years, yet, we had never been to the Pahrump Winery. The occasion was the perfect excuse to visit the winery; we made lunch plans at Symphony's Restaurant.
The original vineyards were destroyed by wild horses in the 90's. Years later ownership changed over Bill and Gretchen Loken; and that's when something special was born. By partnering with nearby growers they were able to produce the first commercial red in Nevada - it was such a success, it even won a gold medal. Not bad for a small estate vineyard in the Mojave Desert. They've since formed bonds with growers in both the Silver and Golden States, which have produced dozens of award-winning wines. This little winery even went global a few years ago when they started exporting to China. They've really made a niche for themselves.
Symphony's has a lovely enclosed patio that provides sweeping views of the vineyard. We were fortunate to secure a table right by the window. The four of us made our wine selections - Desert Blush, Symphony, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Cheers! Then, we pondered over the menu. The wines did not disappoint. My mom has never acquired the taste for wine, but she really enjoyed the Desert Blush. We might have an oenophile among us yet.
Each of our entrees were really delicious. We also enjoy the french onion soup that got us started. Dishes ordered were the Winemaker's Club ($11.95), Blackened Boneless Ribeye ($32.95) and two orders of the Steak Au Poivre ($29.95). The steaks came with your choice of two sides, the selection was varied and all were very good. I was really blown away by the mushroom risotto - rich and creamy!
Prices are very reasonable by Vegas standards, service was attentive and friendly. It was such a pleasant afternoon. This is a real gem tucked away in Pahrump definitely worth the day trip from Las Vegas.