Vegas Seven

Wine Guide

  • Cocktail Culture

    Make That Winetail Culture

    A winner since Day 1! We’re talking about this cocktail—er, winetail, which has been on Double Helix’s menu since it opened Jan. 17, 2008, but the same could be said for two of the bar’s three co-owners, Menelaos “Lucky” Metalios and Ray Nisi, lifelong friends and college roommates. “It’s our good luck charm!” says Nisi of the sunny drink. The Lucky Ray was just the first of Double Helix’s unique menu of winetails—that is, cocktails that use wine instead of hard liquor.

  • Cocktail Culture

    Double Your Helix, Double Your Fun

    By Xania V. Woodman

    Town Square has a new lease on one lively crossroads now that Ray Nisi and partners have signed on to open a second Double Helix wine bar—both featuring whiskey—in the former Grape space at the busy intersection shared by Blue Martini, Yard House, Cadillac Ranch and Lolita’s. Double Helix Wine & Whiskey Lounge is slated for a mid-May soft opening with a Memorial Day weekend grand opening.

  • Travel

    A Toast to the Central Coast!

    By Max Jacobson

    If you want to go to the source of wine trends in America, it’s only a day’s drive away, in and around California’s Central Coast. Right now, for example, the area is abuzz over albariño, viognier and other boutique grapes, whose popularity is spreading to wine shops and restaurants near you.

  • Vino Las Vegas

    Seven Wine Trends

    By Xania V. Woodman

    Southern Wine & Spirits territory manager Tony Goitia has seen 27 UNLVinos in his time with the company, so he has a pretty good vantage point from which to identify trends in wine, wine culture and winemaking. Goitia also taught International Wines at the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration at UNLV for six years, so he knows firsthand just how important the scholarship money raised by UNLVino is to the school. Over the years, Goitia’s seen some fads (Champagne splits with a straw, wine in a can) and some strokes of genius (screw caps).

  • Vino Las Vegas

    Through a Glass, Tastefully

    By Xania V. Woodman

    Vinum XL Oregon Pinot by Riedel Two for $50, WineStuff.com

  • Vino Las Vegas

    Playing With Matches

    By Max Jacobson and Xania Woodman

    1. The Chef’s Choice: Bubbles and Trouble The Dish: A double-double In-N-Out burger, animal-style (chopped, grilled onions and an extra smear of Thousand Island dressing), no tomato, with fries. The Drink: One bottle of nonvintage Krug Champagne. “Here’s the skinny: Crisp, sharp, yeasty French Champagne with an all-American burger equals a naughty combination!” coaches chef tournant Andrew Knudson of Neros steak house in Caesars Palace. Why no tomato? “Because that’s the way I like it.”

  • Vino Las Vegas

    It’s in the Bag

    By Xania V. Woodman

    Photo by Sabin OrrPinot Evil, Pinot Noir, Hungary, 3 liters, $13.50, Total Wine & More, OctavinHomeWineBar.com.

  • Dining

    The Vintastic Five

    By Max Jacobson

    A good wine bar should provide three things: a convivial atmosphere, the opportunity to try a wide selection of wine at a reasonable price, and a few nibbles to balance the experience. My inaugural wine bar was Jacques Melac in Paris, where I often stopped in to try wines from the Languedoc and Loire, and chat with working-class guys busy devouring French sausages, giant hunks of smelly cheese and huge glasses of six-franc red.

  • Vino Las Vegas

    Wine Ed

    By Xania V. Woodman

    Wine Tasting 101–Read All About It Paul Kreider’s book Uncorked: The Novice’s Guide to Wine ($15, Turner Publishing, 2011) may not earn you your somm pin but it will certainly get you through any wine-tasting event, wine dinner or winery tour. It will also help you navigate wine purchasing, wine clubs and tricky wine convos (natural or synthetic corks—discuss). But where Krieder excels is in making sense of winemaking and evaluating.

  • Vino Las Vegas

    Your Spring Wine Calendar

    UNLVino Now in its 37th year, UNLVino proudly stands as Nevada’s longest-running wine festival, benefiting UNLV’s scholarship programs for hospitality students. This year, the tasting event, which runs March 31-April 2, will honor celebrity chef Todd English, Mirage President Felix Rappaport and the eminent culinarian Robin Leach, awarding each the Dom Pérignon Award of Excellence. Three fun-filled nights of wine, cocktails and sake will transform some of Vegas’ finest venues into spectacular sampling spots.

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