Las Vegas has been an acquired taste for me – it took me a long time to appreciate it’s quirkiness, but now I look forward to every visit. One of my “must do’s” is having dinner on the patio at Mon Ami Gabi no matter what time of the year it is.
I’m not usually a Sangria lover, but the Frangria that is a signature for this wonderful restaurant is addictive. A mix of Iced Beaujolais, Grand Marnier, fresh fruit, and a hint of rosemary is the perfect pairing for many of the items on their French Bistro menu.
One of the other things I love about this Las Vegas Strip destination (it’s part of the Paris Casino and Hotel) is the wait staff. We had such a delightful waiter I did an interview with him that you can see on Lifestylist TV.
A trend that I’ve noticed lately is that consumers don’t want to be sold, they want to be educated. Because I’m a “Diva” I couldn’t agree more – I love it when people take the time to share their knowledge with me on what makes a drink, dish or an occasion special. Many times the story and getting to know the people behind the scenes makes more of an impression on me than being told this is what I must have because of a name or label.
The Gaylord Texan is putting new emphasis on their fine wine program. If you love fine wine and the artists who craft it, becoming a member of the Gaylord Food and Wine Society is a must. Membership is being offered to only 250 individuals so being a member means that you will get to be part of a very exclusive group.
The Silver Oak Tower Tour made a stop last week at The Gaylord, and lucky participants were able to meet some of the Silver Oak and Gaylord Food and Wine team members. This was kept to a very intimate size, and you had lots of opportunities to talk one on one with people who love and live the art of food and wine.
Last night Merryvale hosted a blind tasting of comparative 2008 wines, and it was such a treat to be able to look over the shoulder of Sean Foster – Senior Winemaker at Merryvale and see his thoughts of the different wines offered. This was the first blind tasting they had done with consumers, and they chose the Gaylord Texan to have it at because of the reputation of it’s management and their commitment to educating their guests. Since it was a blind tasting, no one knew until the end that they had been able to taste and grade wines I’ve only heard people whisper about including Merryvale, Opus One and Camus.
Sean then gave a fascinating description of what weather and conditions affected the 2008 wines and harvest which then affect the wines.
I’m hooked! Tonight the Gaylord Texan Wine and Dine Trail continues with a Progressive Dinner featuring Merryvale wines. The last course will be taking place at the Glass Cactus, complete with fireworks! To make reservations for this very special evening, visit their website or give them a call at: 817-778-1540