Las Vegas is a city where you can buy an 88-ounce daiquiri and carry it around the Strip in a plastic souvenir guitar cup. But sometimes you just want something a little more, shall we say, refined — like a nice glass of Napa cabernet.
You can find cabernets and many more of the world’s best wines in Las Vegas as well as some of the world’s most respected wine experts. Fast fact: There are more master sommeliers in Las Vegas than any other U.S. city.
Whether you’re an oenophile (that’s a fancy word for a wine connoisseur) or you don’t know the difference between a pinot noir and a pinot grigio, Las Vegas has a wine bar that’s right for you. Here are 10 of our favorite places to imbibe:
Chada Thai, 3400 S. Jones Blvd.
This restaurant, in Las Vegas’ Chinatown area, has received numerous accolades not only for the Thai food, but for the unique wine list. The chef and sommelier, Bank Atcharawan, was named one of Food & Wine’s Sommeliers of the Year in 2013. That means he knows what he’s doing. The wine list at Chada Thai isn’t huge but it focuses on hidden gems and some obscure wines you’ve probably never heard of. And that can be a really good thing. The restaurant has many great Rieslings and sparkling wines and reds by the bottle. For those of you with a fear of commitment, there are also a few whites and reds by the glass.
La Cave at Wynn
Nothing goes better with a glass of wine than the perfect food and this restaurant and bar serves a variety of small plates that are perfect for pairing. La Cave has an impressive cellar of 250 bottled wines, including 50 by the glass. The wine is available in two-, four- and six-ounce pours so you can taste various varietals and enjoy larger glasses of your favorites. Munch on flatbreads, charcuterie boards, bacon-wrapped dates, Angus mini burgers and more while you’re sipping.
Aureole at Mandalay Bay
Ever wish you could have a whole tower full of wine? Unless you’re Charlie Palmer that wish probably won’t ever come true, but if you go to Aureole you can enjoy his. The restaurant is famous for its four-story wine tower housing 9,865 bottles of wine. This isn’t your run-of-the-mill wine tower. It’s climate controlled to keep the wine at 55 degrees and 70 percent humidity. And they have “wine angels.” That’s our idea of heaven. Mechanical hoists lift the angels up and down the tower to get your bottle. They can travel from the ground to the top in 10 seconds. You’ll spot them easily – they have outfits adorned with 20 feet of LED lighting.
Fleming’s at Town Square
If variety is the spice of your life, then Fleming’s is for you. The restaurant is known for its massive wine list called “Fleming’s 100.” As the name suggests, there are 100 wines by the glass including sparkling wines and choices from New Zealand, Italy, France, Argentina, Australia and California. Unique local wine selections are also available at each Fleming’s location. If that all sounds completely overwhelming, don’t worry. Fleming’s Winepad is a custom iPad app that’s designed to be your digital sommelier and find the right wine to match your mood or your meal.