The anti-beer fest: Wine festivals take over October in Vegas

Festivino decorations at Palazzo Las Vegas.

Festivino decorations at Palazzo Las Vegas.

Though I never need an excuse to celebrate wine, the month of October is the month for the fermented grape. While October is famously the month to celebrate beer, wine celebrations are popping up in Vegas.

Two major wine festivals, Festevino at the Venetian and Palazzo and Crush at the Paris hotel take over Vegas all month long with special wine dinners, educational seminars and, of course, lots and lots of wine.

Some of the earliest wines stem from China, about 9,000 years ago, made from fermented grapes and rice. Some sources even suggest that wine dates back as early as 12,000 years ago.  Since then, the grapevine has spread geographically and thus, in popularity. Now, share in two great events celebrating wine.

The second annual Festivino highlights the Bordeaux region of France, starting with a wine tasting this Friday, Sept. 30. Enjoy wine and light bites surrounded by festive seasonal décor in the Palazzo’s waterfall atrium. Decorative pieces  include 10,000 pounds of wine corks, 10,000 grape clusters and 30 wine casks.

The tasting will feature selections from wineries such as Reserve de Barons de Rothschild and Château Giscours. Tickets are $40 for the event.

The atrium waterfall at Palazzo Las Vegas.

The atrium waterfall at Palazzo Las Vegas.

If you can’t make it to the wine tasting, there will be various specials and wine dinner menus available throughout the month of October in select Venetian and Palazzo restaurants. Prix fixe wine pairing menus include one at Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro, offering a three-course menu with matching wine pairings for $75.

The Crush wine celebration kicks off Oct. 7, in the Paris Las Vegas hotel lobby. From 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., guests can enjoy a sampling of wines from popular wineries including Sterling Vinyards and Ferrari Carano. There is a $20 suggested donation to benefit the Keep Memory Alive foundation.

Other wine events at the Paris include a France vs. California seminar and tasting or a cooking class at Mon Ami Gabi. Both events are held Saturday, Oct. 15.

Enjoy wines at these celebrations during the month of October while staying in Vegas.