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    The Datekeeper

    By Grace Bascos

    Sometimes it’s better when wine drinking is a group effort. But how to track down these gatherings? More than a decade ago, Eric V. Orange began the calendar for every event having to do with wine around the country. Today, Local Wine Events is an incredibly useful tool not only for those who are looking for like-minded souls to discuss their favorite grapes, but also for restaurants and shops who use it as a way to reach new clients.

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    Il Diva

    By Grace Bascos

    Joanie Karapetian is Italian-American by birth, an Italian-wine peddler by trade. And her hobby is ItalianWineGeek.com, the blog site she launched in August to share her endeavors, tastes and travels as a manager for importers of the wines she holds close to her heart.

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    ‘What I’m Drinking’

    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.

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    The Cork Board

    By Xania V. Woodman

    March 22 38th annual UNLVino Launching the UNLVino event sponsored by Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada, is Bubble-licious, an evening of world-class champagnes and sparkling wines in the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, designed by world-famous architect Frank Gehry. Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh will be honored as a recipient of the 2012 Dom Pérignon Award of Excellence. $100 in advance, $125 at the door, 7-10 p.m., 739-3267, UNLVTickets.com.

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    The Grape Bunch

    By Grace Bascos

    From Vine to Vino Paolo Barbieri, Old World winemaker

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    Wine Mythbuster

    By Tony Goitia

    Got a fire that needs putting out? Call a fireman. Got a wine myth that needs busting? Call Tony Goitia. Southern Wine & Spirits’ territory manager taught International Wines at the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration at UNLV for six years. So not only does he know firsthand just how important the scholarship money raised by UNLVino is to the school, he’s a passionate educator. In honor of this year’s event (March 22-24), Goitia kicks down the winery door and lays it all on the vine with the seven most common misunderstandings about fermented grape juice.

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    Odd Coupling

    By Grace Bascos

    Anyone can pair wine with foie gras or caviar. But what about Hot Pockets? Or a Big Mac? What wine goes best then? Local blogger Courtney Rich has the right bottle for those and more. For the past year and a half, Rich’s site QuitWINEing.com has taken everyday foods—from Chinese egg rolls to red velvet cake—and matched them up with the stellar wines she comes across via her day job as a wine manager for a Strip property.

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    From Vine to Vino

    By Grace Bascos

    An alum of Le Cirque and Osteria del Circo at Bellagio, as well as Alex at Wynn, Paolo Barbieri is now the sommelier at Scarpetta in the Cosmopolitan, where he not only pushes the tony restaurant’s bounty of Italian labels, but he’s one of the few sommeliers in town who produces his own wine. An agricultural student in his native Italy, he learned entomology and the processes of making cheese and olive oil in addition to wine. “Working in the farms, it’s what I like,” he says.

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    A Different Approach

    By Grace Bascos

    Corey Nyman’s day job as a hospitality consultant in his family business, the Nyman Group, gives him a unique perspective over other winemakers. “Not being in the wine business is almost a benefit,” he says. “I launched a brand completely backward. I knew where my vision was—I just needed to prove to myself and everyone else that I could do it.”

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    The Wine Guru

    By Grace Bascos

    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.

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    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).

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    Through a Glass, Tastefully

    By Xania V. Woodman

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

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    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.”

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    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.

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    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.