Think of it as going the extra mile, walking the walk or what have you. It’s a little-known fact outside some circles that many of Vegas’ finest sommeliers, wine directors and chefs are themselves winemakers. While the grapes in question may not be Nevadan (probably for the best), the talented palates that introduce Vegas to the wines of the world are expressing themselves through blends and single varietal wines from all over the West Coast. And one restaurant has generously aggregated the lot of them into the Vegas Vintners local winemaker menu in addition to its own list, curated by sommelier and beverage director Troy Kumalaa.
Vintner Grill, that celebrated Summerlin social club and Mediterranean bistro (as featured in our Best Restaurants issue, Oct. 14), is offering 10 labels from eight local winemakers, including two Willamette, Ore., wines (’08 pinot gris and ’07 pinot noir from Fox Farm) by Thomas Ratcliff, sommelier at Alex Restaurant inside Wynn, the only two wines on the menu not hailing from California.
The Golden State makes up the balance, including: Kevin Vogt, master sommelier at Delmonico Steakhouse; Paolo Barbieri, master sommelier of Alex Restaurant at Wynn; Danielle Price, wine director at Wynn; William Sherer, master sommelier and wine director of Aureole Restaurant at Mandalay Bay; Christian Margesson, wine director of N9NE Steakhouse at the Palms; chef Bryan Ogden of Bradley Ogden Restaurant at Caesars Palace; and Julie Lin, wine director at Mandarin Oriental. (For a complete list of the wines and prices, visit WeeklySeven.com.)
Vegas Vintner selections are extremely limited in production and are available by the bottle at the restaurant or for retail purchase.
LAS VEGAS LOCAL VINTNERS
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|Thomas Ratcliff / Sommerlier Of Alex Restaurant / Wynn Resort|
|Fox Farm, Pinot Gris, Willamette, Oregon ’09||27||42|
|Fox Farm, Pinot Noir, Willamette, Oregon ’08||40||60|
|Paolo Barbieri / Master Sommerlier Of Alex Restaurant / Wynn Resort|
|Barbieri Wine Company, Syrah “Three Creeks” Santa Barbara, California ’07||48||72|
|Danielle Price / Wine Director Of Wynn Resort|
|Coup de Foudre, Red Blend “37.2 Cuvee” Napa, California ’06||42||88|
|William Sherer / Master Sommelier / Wine Director Of Aureole Restaurant / Mandalay Bay|
|Iberian Remix, Albarino, Central Coast, California’08||27||42|
|Iberian Remix, Tempranillo Blend, Central Coast, California ’08||27||42|
|Kevin Vogt / Master Sommelier / Wine Director Of Delmonico Steakhouse / Venetian|
|Mastery, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa, California ’05||165||225|
|Christian Margesson / Wine Director Of N9ne Steakhouse / Palms|
|Wall Cellars “Kaleidoscope” Cabernet Sauvignon, Lake County, California ’07||21||36|
|Bryan Ogden / Chef Of Bradley Ogden Restaurants / Caesars Palace|
|PharaohMoans, Syrah “West Side” Paso Robles, California ’08||100||136|
|Julie Lin / Wine Director Of Mandarin Oriental In Aria|
|Rockroom, Pinot Noir, La Encantada, Santa Rita Hills, California ’07||91||125|