In Vino Veritas: La Cave, a Wine Bar, Opens This Weekend at Wynn

Ham, egg and cheese with quail eggs and Neuskes bacon from La Cave’s Executive Chef William DeMarco.

We love the idea of a hideaway. It’s one of the things Vegas needs more of. And this weekend, Wynn Las Vegas introduces its version, La Cave Wine and Food Hideaway. Executive Chef William DeMarco puts together American small plates paired with wines from around the world selected by Danielle Price, the executive wine director of Wynn Resorts, and Rober Wright, La Cave’s wine director.

Look for the 2000 Harlan Estate Bordeaux-blend from Napa Valley, Calif., a boldly flavored domestic wine, or the 2009 Mollydooker Shiraz Blue Eyed Boy from South Australia.

Best of all, La Cave plans to be open for lunch, dinner and late-night bites. DeMarco divided the menu based on where the dishes originated. Look for selections from the sea, farm, oven, garden, grill or butcher and cheeses from the cow, sheep or goat. Some of the dishes already announced include flatbreads such as ham, egg and cheese with quail eggs and Neuskes bacon; vegetable dishes such as salt-roasted beets with whipped goat cheese and pistachio; seafood dishes such as hamachi with pickled chilies and candied lemon zest; and horseradish and parmesan-crusted rack of lamb. From the grill, you can expect to find Angus mini burgers with mushroom and chipotle mayo and a variety of meats and cheeses to create your own charcuterie board.

The interior, designed with 555 International, contains three spaces. The entrance features a glass entryway with wood panels that escorts you into the cave with its cobblewood oak flooring, low vaulted ceilings and a large sign made of red LED lights that reads “In Vino Veritas,” the motto for the space meaning in wine there is truth. From the cave you can see the main dining room with a center bar in herringbone and two wine rooms. A 10-person share table made of walnut sits atop two large wine barrels and makes for a spot for wine tastings and special events. The third space, the garden lounge, looks like an oversized living room with mix-and-match custom-made chairs and tables.

La Cave is a joint production from Steve Wynn and restaurant impresario Michael Morton. It opens Dec. 3. We say in vino veritas.

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