Vino Las Vegas

2011 Wine Issue

The Vegas Wine Lover’s Guide. Hot Trends • Cool bars • Tips on tasting • Fun with pairings • Next-gen boxed wine • And a season full of events.

Seven Wine Trends

And how you can explore them at UNLVino, according to one of the city’s leading experts

Southern Wine & Spirits territory manager Tony Goitia has seen 27 UNLVinos in his time with the company, so he has a pretty good vantage point from which to identify trends in wine, wine culture and winemaking. Goitia also taught International Wines at the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration at UNLV for six years, so he knows firsthand just how important the scholarship money raised by UNLVino is to the school. Read more »

Through a Glass, Tastefully

And you shall know them by their stemware

Vinum XL Oregon Pinot by Riedel
Vinum Extreme Cabernet by Riedel
Sommeliers Series Burgundy Grand Cru by Riedel
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Playing With Matches

Our rogue foodies trump with four winning pairs

The Chef’s Choice: Bubbles and Trouble
Power Pairing
Up-and-Coming Juice
Sweet, Sweet Georgia
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It’s in the Bag

Breaking down the boxed-wine mystique and drinking on the edge of a packaging revolution

The mere mention of boxed wine prompts many of us to think back to a certain plastic-spigotted wine/fruit juice cocktail that shall remain nameless. One that sat warm on a dusty supermarket shelf before debuting at a picnic or barbecue, where it was tapped of its sickly pink, red or yellow contents until the foil bag inside crinkled its last and gave no more. Shudder. Read more »

Wine Ed

From oops to oenophile in four easy steps

Wine Tasting 101–Read All About It
Wine Tasting 201–Sage Advice From the Somms
Wine Tasting 301–Is This Wine Corked?
Wine Tasting 401–Take It to the Boards

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The Vintastic Five

By the taste, glass and bottle—Vegas’ best wine bars pour it on

A good wine bar should provide three things: a convivial atmosphere, the opportunity to try a wide selection of wine at a reasonable price, and a few nibbles to balance the experience. Read more »

Make That Winetail Culture

Lucky Ray — As served at Double Helix Wine & Whiskey Bar in the Shoppes at the Palazzo, $12

A winner since Day 1! We’re talking about this cocktail—er, winetail, which has been on Double Helix’s menu since it opened Jan. 17, 2008, but the same could be said for two of the bar’s three co-owners, Menelaos “Lucky” Metalios and Ray Nisi, lifelong friends and college roommates. Read more »

Double Your Helix, Double Your Fun

Ray Nisi expands his wine empire, adds whiskey

Town Square has a new lease on one lively crossroads now that Ray Nisi and partners have signed on to open a second Double Helix wine bar—both featuring whiskey—in the former Grape space at the busy intersection shared by Blue Martini, Yard House, Cadillac Ranch and Lolita’s. Double Helix Wine & Whiskey Lounge is slated for a mid-May soft opening with a Memorial Day weekend grand opening. Read more »

A Toast to the Central Coast!

California’s storied region is the place to explore changing tastes in wine

If you want to go to the source of wine trends in America, it’s only a day’s drive away, in and around California’s Central Coast. Right now, for example, the area is abuzz over albariño, viognier and other boutique grapes, whose popularity is spreading to wine shops and restaurants near you. Read more »

Your Spring Wine Calendar

Break out your day-planners: There’s no shortage of ways to wine away April and May!

UNLVinoVegas Uncork’dWine Walk, The White Affairmore … Read more »

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