Breaking into the world of wine is not an easy thing for a fledgling oenophile to do. Which is where a seasoned but down-to-earth expert such as Les Kincaid comes in handy. Ebullient and affable, Kincaid is willing to answer any questions about wine or cooking, without snobbery. In fact, he calls himself a “chef, wineau and professional bon vivant” in his bio on his website.
“We love telling people about wine and food in a way that is not threatening or intimidating,” Kincaid says. He loves it so much that every week for nearly 11 years, with the help of his wife, Tammy, Kincaid has hosted the nationally syndicated radio show Wines du Jour.
Broadcasting from various restaurants around Las Vegas on CRN Digital Radio (CRNTalk.com, 7-8 p.m. Thursdays), Wines du Jour invites a live audience to sit in with Kincaid and his guest—often a chef or sommelier or other Las Vegas personality—and discuss a winery and three of its wines. For those who want to go the extra mile in their wine studies, Kincaid also organizes field trips into the heart of wine country. Next month he’ll lead a tour to Monterey, Calif., and later this year, Walla Walla, Wash.
Kincaid has taught wine and cooking classes through UNLV’s outreach program for more than 20 years, and he offers private seminars and workshops dedicated to wine and food. He is the embodiment of the junction of food and wine, and he demonstrates it all over the Valley. “Being a chef and also loving wine, it seems natural to put the two together. I say, ‘Wine is food.’ A meal is a meal, but with a glass of wine, it’s a celebration.”