In his well-worn T-shirt, George Wine Co. owner (and sole employee) George Levkoff was probably not what the attendees of Rock ’n’ Roll Wine’s Reggae Pool Party at M Resort expected to find in the posh VIP tasting enclave. But there, bathed in the light of a giant Lexus light balloon, was Levkoff in all his casual, personable glory, serving up his 2008 Sonoma Coma—a toothsome, unfined, unfiltered pinot noir with hints of cherry cola, sandalwood and brown spice—to a who’s who. And they were lapping it up. After 14 years selling bonds in the high-stress financial industry, the subsequent decade’s foray into hands-on viniculture has been a pleasant revelation for Levkoff. Sometimes life is a comfy tee and a supple pinot like the Coma, which, he mentions, goes well with seared ahi or roasted chicken. $50, georgewine.com.
A Peek at Life Is Beautiful 2017
Gorillaz are coming to Las Vegas for the first time ever. 2016’s Grammy winner for best new artist, Chance the Rapper, will return. English rockers Muse will bring their dizzying live show to the streets of Downtown. And that’s just the top of an eclectic bill that features more than 70 acts, along with comedy, interactive art installations, a group art exhibit featuring the work of Mark Ryden, Tara McPherson and Shepard Fairey and much more. Last year saw more than 137,000 attendees trod the festival footprint. Who’s ready for more?
Best of the City 2016
Our seventh annual celebration of all things Las Vegas, from the best place to fix your speeding ticket to the best Bloody Mary.