Ask this 50-year-old native of Rome what makes a sommelier great, and he’ll tell you it’s all about trust. “It’s important to establish a relationship with the customer right off the bat,” he says. “That way I can ensure that they will have a great food and wine experience.” Barbieri’s table-side manner is relaxing, never intimidating and always informative. The man is a fount of knowledge, and he always tries to find wines at price points with which his customers are comfortable. Alex recently won a Grand Award from Wine Spectator for its 2000 label wine list that he compiled with Wynn wine director Danielle Price. Barbieri is also a winemaker in Santa Barbara County who recently bottled his Barbieri Vineyards 2009 Syrah.
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.