‘What I’m Drinking’

We peer into the glasses of some of the city’s most dedicated wine drinkers

So what if Frank Marino enjoys a cheesy wine from a box? The only real rule for wine enjoyment is that you actually enjoy yourself—whatever wine makes you happy right now is the right wine. Here’s what some local aficionados are sipping.

Frank Marino – Box Tilter

Headliner, Divas Las Vegas in the Imperial Palace.

What I’m Drinking: Franzia Sunset Blush.
Love It: “It’s like anesthesia—you don’t remember anything.”
Pair It: “Del Taco breakfast burrito by sunrise.”
Find It: $13, Food 4 Less.

Billy Richardson – Montrachet Moi

Owner, Block 16 Hospitality (Holsteins, Public House, the Barrymore, Pink’s Hot Dogs, LBS: A Burger Joint).

What I’m Drinking: 2008 Louis Jadot Puligny-Montrachet, Burgundy, France.
Love It: “White Burgundies are rather elegant chardonnays; the fruitiness is muted, and the smooth oak stands out. It’s such a great all-occasion wine. It stands up to heavy or light foods without being heavy itself, like a deep red.”
Pair It: “Grilled octopus.”
Find It: $54 at Total Wine & More.

Patrick Trundle – Equal Opportunity Drunk

Beverage director, Alizé in the Palms and Andre’s in the Monte Carlo

What I’m Drinking: 2007 Domaine Mathilde et Yves Gangloff, “La Barbarine,” Côte Rôtie, Rhône Valley, France.
Love It: “A 100 percent syrah, this wine is inky black with layers of rich flavors: deep black fruit, tobacco, vanilla and that fat, savory smoked-meat underpinning that make Côte Rôtie so fantastic.”
Pair It: “Big, fat full-flavored meats; venison, wild boar, grass-fed rib-eye steak, etc.”
Find It: The 2009 is $120 per bottle at UnionSquareWines.com.

Lindsey Whipple – Barolo Queen

Wine director, Cut by Wolfgang Puck in the Palazzo.

What I’m Drinking: 2005 Podere Rocche dei Manzoni, Vigna Cappella Di Santo Stefano, Barolo, Piedmont, Italy.
Love It: “I fell back in love with this producer after having an exceptional dinner with winemaker Rodolfo Migliorini at Carnevino in the Palazzo. Their wines have the best expression of a classic Barolo nose: rose petals, black licorice and tobacco leaf.”
Pair It: “Barolo’s high acidity, tannin and robust flavors complement the richness and earthy character of any cut of beef.”
Find It: $120, Lee’s Discount Liquor.

John Merrill – Too many wines, too little time!

General manager, Society Café in Encore.

What I’m Drinking: 2009 Paloma Merlot, Spring Mountain, Napa Valley, Calif.
Love It: “It drinks more like a good cab than a merlot. It has a good balance of tannins, dark fruits like plum and currant, and has notes of spice and chocolate—a very smooth drinking wine.”
Pair It: “At the restaurant, we often pair it with our bone-in cowboy rib-eye, which is peppercorn-rubbed and lightly charred. At home, it pairs best with a good cheese/charcuterie board, followed by a couple of chunks of dark chocolate.”
Find It: $124, Society Café in Encore.



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