Cheers June 2014

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Page 28 of 51 29 JUNE 2014 | R oberto Picado certified sommelier ENO WiNE Bar, WashiNgtON, D.C. NumBEr Of WiNEs By thE glass: 40, including 8 on tap, priced $9 to $39 WiNE list fOCus: Domestic and international wines, with emphasis on boutique wineries. sOmmEliEr-spOttED WiNE trENDs: "Orange wines, approachable wines that are rare and unique, and a delicate, fresh approach to popular varietals by crafting them with no influence of oak." Located in the tony Georgetown neighborhood in Washington, D.C. is this 85-seat, three-floor wine bar, which offers wines by the glass or flight. Certified sommelier Roberto Picado is on hand to make recommendations such as the 2011 Milbrandt Vineyards pinot gris ($12 a glass) from Columbia Valley, WA. It's aromatic on the nose, with bright citrus and tropical fruit, he says, followed by floral notes, great acidity and a hint of minerality on the palate—perfect with a roasted beet salad. Picado also reaches for a sommelier's darling varietal with the crisp, steely 2012 Zocker grüner veltliner ($11) from the Edna Valley on California's Central Coast—an excellent accompaniment to salads. "It has an earthy characteristic, with white pepper, flavors of ripe melon and fruit cocktail." And the 2008 Château de Lastours "Simone Descampes" ($10) from Corbières in France's Languedoc-Roussillon region is a full-bodied red blend of mostly carignan. "It's a perfect combination of woody notes and Mediterranean fragrances—olive, dark berries and spices," he says. aurEOlE at thE maNDalay Bay rEsOrt & CasiNO, las VEgas NumBEr Of WiNEs By thE glass: 24, priced $12 to $32 WiNE list fOCus: Embraces the world of wine, with particular depth in Bordeaux, Burgundy, Napa Valley, Piedmont and Rioja. sOmmEliEr-spOttED WiNE trENDs: "More varietals and high-end, by- the-glass options give those who want to enjoy a different experience the option without buying an entire bottle." Harley Carbery heads up the wine program for 24 restaurants at the hotel and casino, including the 210-seat Aureole. He touts the stone fruit notes and bright finish of the 2010 Remix Wines "Iberian Remix" albariño ($15 a glass) from Edna Valley, CA, as a pairing for the hearts of romaine salad with Caesar dressing. "It's a great match between the flavors of Spain—albariño and anchovies." e sangiovese-based 2010 San Giorgio "Ciampoleto" Rosso di Montalcino ($20) from Tuscany, Italy, has the grape's signature cherry, violet and chocolate notes. Its combination of softness and structure makes it food-friendly with anything from pasta dishes to a blue cheese-crusted filet mignon. And pinot noir fans will be drawn to the ripe, strawberry and slightly earthy quality of the 2010 Limestone pinot noir ($15) from California's Russian River Valley, sipped with a rich Moulard duck breast. Harley Carbery director of wine 28-32 wine by the glass CH0614.indd 29 6/3/14 9:08 PM

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