Have any big plans for the weekend? You do now…
Right out of the gate and armed with yet another Wine Spectator Grand Award (every year since 2000!), Aureole Las Vegas will hold a celebration featuring more than 40 of the esteemed magazine’s Top 100 wines of 2016 paired with selections from chef Charlie Palmer’s new tasting menu. Responsible for making those pairings is Mandalay Bay director of wine Harley Carbery, who will serve 2014 Domaine Serene Chardonnay, 2014 Orin Swift Machete and 2012 Ridge Monte Bello. Those and many more will be paired with dishes such as lion fish ceviche tacos and whole roasted sturgeon Wellington in an energetic cocktail reception format complete with live crooner music. $100, 6:30 p.m., in Mandalay Bay.
Moscow Mules—even your mom drinks them. But that doesn’t mean the mixture of vodka and ginger beer served in a copper mug with a lime garnish has jumped the shark. Moscow Copper Co. CEO JJ Resnick will be on hand at Herbs & Rye to host the National Moscow Mule Day celebration and demonstrate how to prepare the perfect Moscow Mule at home. Resnick will give away a few of his company’s copper mugs, too, as well as signed copies of Mulehead, his recently launched cocktail recipe book with 75 unique variations on the Moscow Mule. If you don’t win the giveaways, you can still receive a complimentary ’Mule with the purchase of your Herbs & Rye Moscow Copper mug (plus half price mules all evening in your new mug). And all guests will receive a complimentary sample of Resnick’s nontoxic, eco-friendly copper cleaner; bring in your own tarnished copper for a trial run and if doesn’t work, Resnick will give you $100. Perhaps the greatest treat will be face-time with Resnick himself; his great-grandmother Sophie Berezinski, an immigrant to America, contributed what is arguably the most recognizable feature of the Moscow Mule when she sold the drink’s creators on her pure copper mugs 75 years ago. So, go on—bring Mom! Free to attend, 9 p.m.-midnight, 3713 W. Sahara Ave., herbsandrye.com.
You’ve had wine, you’ve had spirits, now it’s time for a refreshing beer to round out the first weekend in what will prove to be a long month of imbibing. The second annual Brews N ’Ques Fest has moved to a far more temperate month in its aim to celebrate all things brew and ’cue. Organized for and by local breweries to raise awareness and funds for the Nevada Craft Brewers Association, the event will only feature beers from in-state breweries as well as cuisine from local barbecue vendors and food trucks. Probably the most exciting aspect of this year’s event is the focus on collaboration blends between the different local breweries—around 20 unique collaboration blends. “We are asking each brewery to submit a list of what beers they have available to blend,” says Matt Marino, director of brewing at Joseph James Brewing Co. “The brewers will reach out to each other to create blends that may be simply a proportion of each beer from two or more breweries or the blends themselves may be augmented with other ingredients. It should allow for some really creative brews and give drinkers a chance to taste something local that they truly can’t get anywhere else.” Marino adds that the City of Henderson has been very supportive of the festival and has given them a great location with plenty of free parking! $40 general admission, $55 VIP, 2-6 p.m., VIP access from 1 p.m., Henderson Convention Center, 200 Water St., Henderson.
(Now would also be an exceptional time to grab your tickets to the Great Vegas Festival of Beer and the new Mad Craft competition, April 7-8.)
Presented by Southern Nevada Public Television, the 28th annual Splendor in the Glass wine and beer-tasting event will feature beer and wine samples courtesy of Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits. Additional festivities include DJ entertainment, passed hors d’oeuvres, assorted food stations and a silent auction benefiting television programming and community outreach initiatives for the station. Limited quantities of reserved seating and poolside cabana packages are available. $90 in advance, $100 at the door, 4-8 p.m., Crimson in Red Rock Resort.
Not feeling wine or beer? Brown-spirits-lovers, rejoice! The fourth annual Whiskey Revival Grand Tasting at the Golden Nugget will feature more than 30 distilleries including Maker’s Mark, Wild Turkey, Knob Creek, Tin Cup, Jim Beam, Hudson and more plus Southern cuisine and live entertainment. $58.12, 7 p.m.
Does a bear drink In the woods? You’re damn right he does. And so can you at Whiskey in the Wilderness, a pop-up dinner focused on open-fire cooking techniques and whiskey cocktails on Mt. Charleston. Drink adventurously and dine savagely with SLO Boy Food founder Justin Kingsley Hall; confirmed guest chefs include Brian Howard (Sparrow + Wolf), Josh Smith (Bardot Brasserie), Nicole Brisson (Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group), Christopher Goossen (Echo & Rig Butcher and Steakhouse), Daniel Ontiveros (Bouchon), Daniel Krohmer (Other Mama), Chris Decker (Metro Pizza) and Benoit Cornet (Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits). Confirmed mixologists include Matt Graham and Kinson Lau (Herbs & Rye) and Keith Baker (The Sand Dollar Lounge). This is the second collaboration between Hall’s SLO Boy Food and Lee Flint of Wolfman Events, which put on a similar, private event called Best Damn Camp in late 2016; the event will benefit the culinary program at Opportunity Village. Special butchering demonstrations will be sponsored by Echo & Rig Butcher and Steakhouse, and Land Rover Las Vegas will sponsor the W2 Parlor, a guest warming lounge featuring surprises from guest chefs. $155 per person in advance, $175 day-of the event; 1-4 p.m.; the secret location on Mt. Charleston will be revealed upon ticket purchase.