Las Vegas isn't just cocktails and beer—the city also has plenty of fantastic places for wine lovers. From a local winery to outstanding wine and charcuterie platters, Las Vegas has several great ways to enjoy wine.
Wally's Las Vegas
Wally's Las Vegas inside Resorts World Las Vegas might just be a wine lover's dream come true. I recently took a hosted press visit and was blown away by the selection of wine options from floor to ceiling. Wally's is a fantastic option for any oenophile with wall-to-wall wine shelves and displays and a full menu of perfect pairings. In addition to the extensive wine selection, the shop has numerous international cheese options, a caviar section and other goods perfect for your home charcuterie boards. Are you running out of room in your suitcase? Wally's ships internationally. Make sure to try some of their delicious menu items while you're here, like the peach Caprese, the squash blossom pizzetta and one of their stunning desserts.
Valley Cheese & Wine
If you’re in the mood for some al fresco dining, look no further. Family-owned Valley Cheese & Wine offers a wide selection of wines, cheeses, and specialty foods perfect for assembling the ideal DIY charcuterie plate. Prefer a professionally curated platter? Pick one from their website and schedule a pick-up for later so you can enjoy it fresh from the store. Valley Cheese & Wine also offers a variety of classes for Oenophiles in the making.
Double Helix Wine & Whiskey Lounge
Located at Town Square Las Vegas, Double Helix Wine & Whiskey Lounge is the perfect spot to start a great evening—or end one. With a variety of platters for groups, charcuterie, and artisanal cheeses, your food and wine pairing couldn’t be easier. Stop by for happy hour and enjoy discounted select wines along with a variety of shareable items. On Tuesdays, you can find the “hidden gems” wine specials at steep discounts. Enjoy them with some fantastic small plates — the arancini and olive poppers are favorites!
Ada’s Wine Bar
Located at the charming Tivoli Village in Summerlin, Ada’s Wine Bar is a perfect local spot to enjoy small bites and entrees with the ideal wine pairing. If charcuterie platters aren’t really your thing, check out their Iberico chorizo croquetas or their duck confit paninis.
Vegas Valley Winery
Did you know that Las Vegas is home to its very own winery? Vegas Valley Winery makes wine a whole experience with various activities and events at their tasting room. Stop by on Wednesdays for $7 wines and $5 mini pizzas, or come in on Sundays for wine specials to help you prepare for the week ahead. Take part in the wine-making experience, Vegas Valley Winery offers multiple options for creating your own wine, including individual, personal experiences, as well as team wine-making sessions.
Eataly Las Vegas
If you’re shopping for the perfect Italian selection of wines and specialty foods, make sure to stop by Eataly first. The numerous food counters and specialty selections may have your head spinning. Start at the wine shop—if you swing by on the weekend, you can enjoy the Weekend Wine Flights, that range from $10-35 for a selection of three wines. Once you’ve selected the perfect bottle, head into the Mercato for imported items to assemble the perfect Italian meal.
Lotus of Siam
Did you know that in addition to National Wine Day, May shares International Sauvignon Blanc Day (the first Friday in May), National Moscato Day (May 9) and Chardonnay Day (the Thursday before Memorial Day)? With so many wine days, it’s the perfect month to enjoy a pour (or two). We talked with Aaron Kelley, the sommelier for Lotus of Siam, about wine.
WT: What’s your favorite wine of all time?
Kelley: My favorite wines have all been shared with someone I love and were more about the setting than the actual flavor profile. If I had to give one wine, it’s Haut-Brion, not necessarily because it’s the best wine I’ve ever had, but it was the first wine that I tasted that made me curious. I had to learn more about it, and that one bottle led me down the path that I am on today.
WT: What’s your favorite budget grocery store wine?
Kelley: I typically fall back on Argentina or regions that have good quality across the board. You’ll find little to no difference between a $15 Malbec and a $40 wine from the same region if all else fails, Rosé all day.
Three basic tips I give people looking to add to their home cellars: Buy a wine fridge or have a proper cellar to store your wine. It doesn’t make sense to purchase wines and store them improperly.
Have something for every occasion. Yes, it’s cool to have collectible wines, but you need wines that you don’t feel guilty about opening on a Tuesday.
Get a Coravin, they make affordable models now, and you’ll have the ability to pull a glass or two out of a bottle without pulling the cork and having it go bad.
WT: What constitutes any great wine, red or white:
Kelley: Great wines cover all the bases; they are perfectly balanced without any one flavor profile showing over the other. The acid, tannins, alcohol and fruit levels are all in harmony. Secondly, great wines have length on your palate; they don’t just fall off in a few seconds. Great wines you can taste minutes after and leave you wanting more after the last sip.
My expert wine tip: Have an open mind and try everything. Don’t be that person that puts a hard no on a varietal because you had one glass you didn’t care for.