Nick Hetzel of Sage has the rather impressive distinction of being the only one of 70 candidates in this country to pass this year’s prestigious master sommelier exam, an honor he shares with one of our past winners in this category, Kevin Vogt of Delmonico. Hetzel—who worked at Rosemary’s back in the day, and who also opened Morels—took the job at Sage in 2010. He credits his success to being a good listener and trying to take customers to experiences they may never have had before. It’s also important to note he’s doubled the size of Sage’s wine list, adding goodies such as Chateau Musar Blanc 2001 from Lebanon ($87) and the Arnot Roberts North Coast Syrah 2010 ($79). Well done, Nick. In Aria, (877) 230-2742.
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.