Where else would you want to savor the taste of wine than Paris? Well, we’re not in Paris, but we have the next best thing here, Paris Las Vegas. This month, the resort celebrates wine with Crush, its second annual event that pairs tastings and programming to kick off the month of the fall grape harvest.
This year, Paris Las Vegas partners with Southern Wine & Sprits of Nevada to supply both the wine and the expertise of their master sommeliers and the whole event benefits nonprofits Nevada Public Radio and Keep Memory Alive, raises awareness and resources to support research and treatment for those at risk for dementia, bringing a new sense of urgency to the quest for a cure for Alzheimer’s and other memory disorders.
“Last year Paris Las Vegas held its first Crush event, celebrating French wines. In 2011 we’ve expanded the celebration to include wines from around the world as well as affording guests access to select rare wines like Chateau Le Plus de la Fleur de Bouard,” said Paris Las Vegas Vice President of Food & Beverage Jeffrey Frederick.
Here’s a look at how you can sip on wines and expand your knowledge.
The Crush Kick Off: Sample selections from eight wineries — Trinchero Estates, Chat Ste Michelle, Treasury Wine Estates, Acacia Winery, Sterling Vineyards, Casa Lapostolle Winery, Blackstone Winery and Ferrari Carano — featuring more than 16 varietals on tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Paris Hotel Lobby. All are welcome to attend; a donation of $20 for Keep Memory Alive is suggested.
Complimentary Wine Tasting: Arriving hotel guests at Paris Las Vegas will be invited to celebrate the month of the harvest with complimentary tastings of Hob Nob Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and live music in the hotel reception lobby on Oct. 14, 21 and 28 from 3 to 7 p.m.
Wine Seminars: Nevada Public Radio and Master Sommelier Luis De Santos will host a very exclusive Bordeaux tasting featuring Chateau Le Plus de la Fleur de Bouard vintages 2002 through 2005 on Oct. 13 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Napoleon’s. Robert Parker has rated each of these vintages being offered between an impressive 88 and 95 points and this occasion provides guests the opportunity to taste each. The event is limited to 100 attendees per event and tickets are $60 per person or $100 for both events when packaged with the Oct. 27 California Wine Tasting and can only be purchased online at www.knpr.org and www.desertcompanion.com, or by calling Nevada Public Radio at 702-258-9895 during regular business hours. Proceeds benefit Nevada Public Radio.
French vs. California: Hosted by Master Sommelier Luis De Santos, French vs. California tasting and seminar on Oct. 15 from 3 to 5 p.m. in Napoleon’s will shed light on a frequently asked question: which region is really better? This interactive event will provide a thought-provoking discussion and tasting as to the difference in grapes, storage and balance of the Old World versus New World wines and guests will enjoy artisan cheese and bread. Tickets may be purchased for $20 at the Paris Box Office or by phone at 702-777-7776. Proceeds benefit Keep Memory Alive.
Quintessa Blending Seminar: Taste the wines from the three single vineyards that are blended to form Quintessa winery as well as the current Quintessa vintage along with its two sister wines, Lumination Sauvignon Blanc and Faust Cabernet. Giving guests the chance to ask questions and gain insight, the event will be hosted by both the wine maker and Master Sommelier Danny White. The Quintessa Blending Seminar will take place at Napoleon’s Oct. 22 from 3 to 5 p.m. Guests will be offered tastings of as well as artisan cheese and bread. Tickets may be purchased for $75 at the Paris Box Office or by phone at 702-777-7776. Proceeds benefit Keep Memory Alive.
California Wine Tasting with Master Sommelier: Nevada Public Radio and a master sommelier host a very exclusive California wine tasting featuring a selection of white and red varietals on Oct. 27 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Napoleon’s. Limited to 100 attendees per event, tickets are $60 per person or $100 for both events when packaged with the Oct. 13 Chateau Le Plus de la Fleur de Bouard Tasting and can only be purchased online at www.knpr.org and www.desertcompanion.com, or by calling Nevada Public Radio at 702-258-9895 during regular business hours. Proceeds benefit Nevada Public Radio.
French Cooking Class at Mon Ami Gabi: Give ordinary recipes a fresh, new spin with a hint of fall at Mon Ami Gabi on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. to noon when the restaurant hosts its French classics cooking class. Guests will get the inside scoop on some of the restaurant’s favorite recipes from Executive Chef Terry Lynch, including the refreshing Brussels sprout salad with dried cherries, walnuts and bacon and the savory braised lamb shank with orzo pasta and goat cheese. While enjoying a taste of these must-try offerings, guests can cheers to the weekend and enjoy perfectly paired wines. Everyone knows dinner wouldn’t be complete without dessert, and at this class, guests will learn the secrets behind the sweetly prepared pumpkin tarte tatin with whipped cream. Can’t wait to start whipping up these delectable recipes in your own home? All those attending the fun, interactive class will receive a recipe booklet, compliments of Mon Ami Gabi. The event cost is $50 per person (plus tax and gratuity). Guests are encouraged to call Mon Ami Gabi at 702-944-4224 for more information and to purchase tickets.
Bally’s Sterling Brunch: During four Sundays, Oct. 9, 16, 23 and 30 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sterling Brunch at Bally’s Steakhouse will feature a special Nicolas Feuillatte champagne. The Sterling Brunch features elegant decor and tuxedoed food servers who anticipate the every need of guests, while providing tantalizing dishes. For reservations call 702-967-7999.
Special Menus: Les Artistes Steakhouse at Paris Las Vegas will offer an $85 per person five-course dinner tasting menu showcasing an amuse bouche of slow-poached salmon with Ossetra caviar, pan-roasted honey crisp apple and frisee salad, crispy duck breast with a blueberry Merlot reduction, grilled eye of ribeye and a Taste of Las Vegas Dessert including frozen vanilla brownie, wild berry macaroon and chocolate pear alliance. For reservations please call 702-862-5138.
Le Provençal will offer a three-course menu in celebration of Crush for $45 per guest featuring seared diver scallops, braised beef short rib and Flavors of Paris for dessert. Please call 702-946-7000 for reservations.
For additional information call 702-677-3200 and to book a hotel stay please visit: www.parislasvegas.com.