Art Gets a Little Sexier When Paired with Wine at the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art

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Art has never been one of the fortes of Las Vegas. But you can find culture here, and it just got a little more interesting. The Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art debuts “Art & Wine: A Perfect Pairing” tonight.

With the new program, the Bellagio pairs up its master sommeliers with the gallery to wed wines with accompanying pieces of artwork. Tonight, Jason Smith, Bellagio’s director of wine and one of four of the hotel’s master sommeliers, will pair wines from Bellagio’s cellar with artworks featured in the current exhibition, “Figuratively Speaking: A Survey of the Human Form.”  Pairings will include Pierre-August Renoir, Young Algerian Woman Leaning on a Parapet, paired with Domaine de Triennes Viognier “St. Fleur” Cotes de Provence 2008, and Vik Muniz, Boy with a Pipe, After Pablo Picasso (Pictures of Pigment), paired with John Duval Shiraz “Plexus” Barossa Valley 2006.

Can’t make it tonight? Don’t worry. The Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art plans to feature the event on the second Wednesday of every month. Future pairings will feature Champagne, tequila and possibly beer, depending on the inspiration. The night runs from 5 to 7 p.m., with an interactive wine and art conversation with Smith and BGFA Director Tarissa Tiberti beginning at 6 p.m.  Ticket prices are $25 for BGFA members and $33 for non-members.

“Figuratively Speaking: A Survey of the Human Form” will be on view through Jan. 9, 2011. The Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art is open Sunday through Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Last admissions are sold 30 minutes prior to closing.

Tickets and information are available by calling 702.693.7871 or 1.877.957.9777, or online at

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