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Hitting the WINE Jackpot in Sin City!

When one thinks of Las Vegas it’s rarely of wine. I personally think of the jubilant sounds of slot machines paying lucky winners, or of the electrifying screams heard at a hot craps table.  But wine???? Hmmmm.

As Vegas has “grown up” over the years, fine dining has become a very integral part of the attraction to “Sin City”. Along with great food, of course, often comes great wine!

While visiting last month I hit an old and familiar (for me) place. My husband and I get to Vegas often, and on a long ago trip we discovered The Wine Cellar and Tasting Room at the Rio Suites Hotel and Casino.

If you like wine, this is the best bet in Vegas.  You don’t have the chance to win a bunch of cash in this quaint & chilly cellar, but you do have the opportunity to try some great wines!  Plus, it’s a great way to relax in some comfy chairs and sofas and disappear from the commotion of the casino above!

The Wine Cellar is home to about 10,000 bottles valued at more that $10 million and offers bottles, glasses and a large selection of different flights. In fact, they offer over 100 wines by the glass, as well as some wonderful international cheeses and crusty bread with which to pair the wines.

It’s a fun place to look around as well. They have some intriguing rare historical wines displayed in this “Wine Museum” including a bottle of Madeira from 1800 that was once owned by one of America’s first oenophiles Thomas Jefferson. They also have bottlings of Chateau d’Yquem with vintages from 1858 and on, as well as a 1924 Mouton Rothschild.

We must have been in a New World kind of mood that night (which is rather rare for me), because my husband ordered the Napa Cabernet Sauvignon flight and I ordered a flight of New World Merlot. In past visits, however, I’ve sampled everything from lovely Burgundy from Pommard to a 1963 Port.

So while you’re in Vegas, check this place out. If you win some cash and want to splurge, head on down and order a Sassicaia or a Penfold’s Grange. If you just want to get out of the hustle and bustle of the strip, head down to enjoy a fun flight or a glass or bottle of whatever you like. Either way, you’ll feel like you hit the jackpot!

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