Make a Run for the Bordeaux

The Palazzo’s Festivino celebrates the region’s wine poolside

The Venetian and Palazzo’s monthlong Bordeaux wine celebration culminates with a tasting under the stars 7-10 p.m. Sept. 24 at Azure Luxury Pool. “Since a young age I’ve always been passionate about the wines of Bordeaux,” says Sebastien Silvestri, Venetian/Palazzo vice president of food and beverage. Hailing from the south of France himself, Silvestri says celebrations always called for Bordeaux, preferably red. To showcase today’s affordable Bordeaux wines, he teamed up with boutique distributor and master sommelier Steve Morey and Sopexa, a company that supports and promotes French agriculture and produce. They selected a dozen wines in the $15 to $30 retail range to encourage guests’ continued interest in Bordeaux. Festivino guests can enjoy each wine paired with a gourmet cheese while Azure resident DJ Vegas Vibe spins. Tickets are $29 ($24 for locals). Visit. for details.

Silvestri’s top picks

Vieux Château Saint André, 2005, Montagne Saint Emilion. The personal project of Jean-Claude Berrouet, chief winemaker for the fabled Petrus, whom Silvestri calls “the most talented man in winemaking today,” this is a 75/20/5 blend of merlot, cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon with the aroma of black fruit and a bit of smoke.

Chateau Doyac, 2007, Haut-Médoc, Cru Bourgeois. “Fruity bouquet with light vanilla, full-bodied, good structure, and it’s got a very long finish,” Silvestri says. This 70/30 blend of merlot and cabernet sauvignon comes from an estate north of St. Estèphe that dates back to 1850.

Chateau de Parenchère, 2007, Bordeaux Blanc Sec. This 70/20/10 blend of sauvignon blanc, Sémillon and Muscadelle pairs well with oysters and with goat cheese. With citrus and fruit aromas and a dry finish, Silvestri says it is “fresh and round on the palate.”

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