Las Vegas wine lists, cellars take backseat to no one

Mar 6, 2001 7:53 AM

The city’s restaurants have earned their culinary right of passage, and so have the restaurants’ wine cellars and wine offerings.

In fact, Nevada is now home to more than 90 sommeliers, whose job is to help diners select the perfect wine to accompany dinner. Moreover, half the total number of Master Sommeliers in the U.S. now reside in Las Vegas.

Here are just a handful of the restaurants that make wine a priority, along with excellent cuisine.

Known for its fabulous steaks, Smith & Wollensky on the Strip also features a superb wine list. For a taste of New York try the upstairs cigar bar.

At Aureole in Mandalay Bay, "wine angels" retrieve selections from Master Sommelier Steven Geddes’ 44-foot wine tower, which boasts more than 2,500 bottles in climate-controlled storage bins.

If you’ve got your reading glasses, a 27-page directory featuring 650 labels by Master Sommelier Kevin Vogt will guide you to the perfect wine with your dinner at Delmonico’s Steakhouse at The Venetian.

Also at The Venetian, P.S. Valentino’s restaurant has a splendid selection of fine wines, which have been rated among the top 10 by Wine Spectator magazine.

The wait staff at Gatsby’s in the MGM Grand are highly trained in the art of wine and will assist in choosing a Bordeaux, Burgundy, California and Oregon selection on Sommelier Chris Jantz’s list.

Napa at the Rio All-Suite Casino Resort offers 130 different wines by the glass selected by Master Sommelier Barry Levin with Chef Jean-Louis Palladin’s creations, and the Rio Wine Cellar and Tasting Room houses the largest publicly displayed collection of Chateau D’Yquem.

Master Sommelier Jay James has picked only the finest for this top 500 list at Le Cirque restaurant at Bellagio.

And Spago’s Master Sommelier Greg Harrington has chosen 350 wines from small boutique wineries.