Soaring temperatures recently drove me to head for the hills—literally (The Resort on Mount Charleston and Montage Deer Valley, Park City, Utah). What better time for a picnic? But picnics require picnic wines, which are ideally somewhat light, refreshing and go with just about anything you might throw in your basket or backpack. If I have the space, I’ll pack a 750-milliliter of a citrusy sauvignon blanc such as that by Kim Crawford, Icon by Nobilo. The crisply acidic, fruity, often effervescent young Portuguese white varieties of vinho verde (literally “green wine”) work remarkably well with sandwiches, salads or a spread of olives, cold meats and cheeses. Best of all, they usually cost less than $10 and often have a screw cap. When packing lighter is key, a few splits of cava (think Freixenet), mini Tetra Paks of Bandit (BanditWines.com), or a half-bottle of a dry rosé, such as the fragrant Valetti chiaretto classico I brought home from Bardolino, Italy, that accompanied me up Mount Charleston to a scenic cliff-side picnic. Just remember the Golden Rule: Whatsoever ye packeth in, so shall ye packeth out.
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.