Very dark and full of wood and leather, The Wine Cellar at the Rio on Tropicana in Las Vegas is cool in temperature – natch – and the jazz is pretty cool, too. Easy bebop from the likes of Miles and Charlie Parker really set the mood for a good wine tasting experience. There are two dozen flights on the menu at $12-$79. Yes, $79. That does sound like a lot, doesn’t it? Each flight offers two-or-three ounce tastes, three to a flight. I had the Riesling flight, “Sweet and Smooth.” Here are my tasting notes.
1. Gunderloch Jean-Baptiste 2007 Kabinett – Sweet nose like honeysuckle. Tastes like peaches, melons.
2. Monchhof Robert Eymael 2006. Urzig Wurtzgarten, Spatlese – Smokey nose, like something on fire. No, like lake water smells near an outboard motor! Taste seems quite grassy and the sweetness has to struggle out. Very peculiar taste. But I like it.
3. Fritz Haag 2003. Mosel-Saar-Ruwer – Similar funky grassiness on nose. Reminds me of cutting grass – the exhaust from the lawn mower. Taste not sweet at all. Rather flat and burnt. Not very appealing to my palate, I’m afraid, but sort of interesting. Lacking acidity.
This was one of the more interesting tasting sessions I’ve had, and one of the most enlightening. If you are tired of the casino floor, simply walk down the stairs into The Wine Cellar. The hustle bustle of the gambling is behind you as soon as you go below ground level. I highly recommend The Wine Cellar to all wine lovers who find themselves in Las Vegas, looking for a respite.