10 places to sip a great glass of wine in Vegas

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Las Vegas is full of flair bartenders and professional mixologists serving some of the most creative cocktails you’ll ever find. But sometimes you just want to relax, unwind and enjoy a classic glass of wine.

We put together a list of some of the best places in town to find a great vintage. Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or you’re not sure what the difference is between a merlot and a cabernet, these places offer something for everyone.

1)      Hostile Grape at the M Resort: Hostile Grape is a great place to go to try new wines. The bar has 160 wines by the glass including American, Italian, French, Spanish and South American options. Hostile Grape uses an innovative Enomatic dispensing system that allows you to try one-, three- or five-ounce pours. Just purchase a prepaid debit-like card, insert it into the machine and select the size you want. It’s a great way to taste high-end wines at an affordable price.

2)      La Cave at Wynn: This restaurant and bar serves a variety of small plates that are perfect for pairing with their impressive cellar of 250 bottled wines, including 50 by the glass. The wine is available in two-, four- and six-ounce pours. Enjoy flatbreads, charcuterie boards, bacon-wrapped dates, Angus mini burgers and more while you’re sipping.

3)      Onda at The Mirage:  Onda Italian Restaurant offers Italian wine in flights and by the glass. Flights include a sparkling wine flight, Italian white wine flight, traditional white wine flight, red and blue fruit wine flight and a red and black fruit wine flight. You can order the by-the-glass selections in a tasting size or a full glass.

Wine angel at Aureole

4)      Rio Wine Cellar and Tasting Room: Any wine enthusiast should stop by the Rio’s Wine Cellar, which boasts 10,000 bottles valued at more than $10 million. Even if you don’t want to drink anything, you can see some rare museum pieces like a bottle of 1800 Madeira from the cellar of Thomas Jefferson or the 1855 to 1990 vertical collection of Chateau d’Yquem, valued at $2 million. The Wine Cellar is filled with hard to find “cult” wines and the bar offers more than 100 wines by the glass, served by professional wine stewards.

5)      Double Helix at the Shoppes at Palazzo: At Double Helix you’ll find 50 wines by the glass, which are available in regular servings, tastes or flights. You can try several options at their weekly wine tasting every Friday from 5 – 7 p.m. for just $5. Order cheese boards, burgers and other bites from Emeril Lagasse’s Table 10 restaurant to accompany your wine. There is also a retail boutique with rare labels and wine accessories.

6)      D. Vino at Monte Carlo: This Italian restaurant serves 16 wine selections in an Enomatic system. Choose from one-, two- and five-ounce pours. There’s also a bar menu featuring sliders, pizzas and appetizers like Italian fondue to pair with your wine.

7)      Aureole at Mandalay Bay: Aureole is famous for its four-story wine tower housing 9,865 bottles of wine. The tower is climate controlled to keep the wine at 55 degrees and 70 percent humidity. Mechanical hoists lift the restaurant’s “wine angels” up and down the tower to get your bottle.  (They can travel from the ground to the top in 10 seconds.) The wine angels recently unveiled new outfits adorned with 20 feet of LED lighting, making them easy to spot.

8)      DOCG at The Cosmopolitan:  Any restaurant named after the highest level of Italian wine origin, Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita, has to have good wine. The restaurant serves a vast selection of 500 regional Italian wines. There are 20 choices by the glass, available in eight or 16 ounces.

Wine on tap at Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill

9)     Caesars Palace: When you think of a beverage on tap you usually think beer, but at Caesars Palace you can get wine on tap at all casino bars, The Colosseum, Bacchanal Buffet and Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill. Wine on tap enables restaurants and bars to maintain the freshness of wine compared to its bottled equivalent by using stainless steel kegs that retain the quality and consistency. By taking the bottle out of the equation, concerns about bottle variation, bottle shock and faulty corks are eliminated. They system keeps whites and reds at the ideal temperature for serving: 45 degrees for whites and 65 degrees for reds. The program also allows restaurants and bars to more easily sell top-of-the line wine in single servings, offering a larger variety of top-quality wines by the glass on their menus.

10)   Otto Enoteca Pizzeria at Venetian:  This restaurant and wine bar offers something for everyone from traditional wines to more hard-to-find bottles. There are 100 bottles under $100 and the restaurant also has an Enomatic system to allow for small pours. An added bonus – you can pair your Italian wine with food from Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich.

Kristine McKenzie

It’s not that warm in Minnesota. I know this from spending half my life freezing in the northern part of the state. So 20 years ago, I decided to thaw out and traded in scarves and mittens for tank tops and flip-flops (Take that, polar vortex!). I swapped snow for 300 days of sun a year. I may not have been born here, but there are hotels that haven’t lasted in Vegas as long as I have. The Sands, Hacienda, Aladdin, Desert Inn and the Stardust too. I've been to my fair share of implosion parties. (Yeah, that’s a thing.) As a writer for Vegas.com, I've applauded hundreds of shows, explored every major hotel in town and raised a few glasses at most of the city's bars and clubs. Now I'm the resident foodie here. I write about all things dining — from $3.99 shrimp cocktail at the Golden Gate to the finest sushi at Nobu, and everything in between.

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