If you didn’t go to the Grand Tour in Las Vegas, you missed a great time. There were so many great wines to taste from all over the world. Of course, I tasted the first-growths and top Italian wines, but I also dug the excellent South Americans, particularly Argentine Malbecs. And there were some cool "tintos" de España. The crowd was fun too, with plenty of people enjoying themselves—pretty girls and handsome men. Hell, it was Vegas!
After the tasting, I went off-Strip to a secret spot that all the wine and restaurant trade knows about in Sin City: Lotus of Siam. This small Thai restaurant has an amazing list of German wines from all the key regions as well as top producers. I didn’t count them last Saturday night, but there must be close to 300 different German listings. Plus, there are plenty of other interesting wines to go for.
Following all the tasting at the Grand Tour in the Venetian , I opted for a 2007 Joh. Jos. Prüm Riesling Kabinett Mosel Graacher Himmelreich. I loved the minerally lemon and grapefruit character, plus it was light, clean and crisp. It was a great wake-up call after the tasting, and it went wonderfully with the Thai food, which ranged from drunken noodles with spare ribs in a curry sauce to duck with vegetables in curry to deep-fried sea bass fillet with noodles and curry.
It’s fascinating how the delicate Riesling complements the bold flavors of the Thai food. And your palate is cleansed and prepared for each vibrant mouthful of the food by the bright fruit and lively acidity. It’s the contrasts that work together. Check out my video. (Camera work by my director buddy and wine collector James Orr.)
We moved on to a 2006 Roar Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands Garys' Vineyard with the spicy chicken in peanut sauce and green beans and ginger and garlic squid. The plummy berry character of the Cali Pinot had no problem standing up to the potent food. My mouth is watering as I write this!
Grand Tour is a great experience, especially Vegas. But Lotus of Siam is great too. Let’s all meet there next year after the tasting. And if you did go to this year's Grand Tour, what was your favorite wine at the tasting, and where did you dine afterward?
Farhana Haque — Queens, NY — May 19, 2009 6:36pm ET
David Williams — Carlsbad, CA — May 19, 2009 7:34pm ET
Tony Wood — Brighton U.K. — May 19, 2009 8:18pm ET
James Suckling — — May 19, 2009 8:33pm ET
Bill Zeid — Livermore, CA — May 20, 2009 12:53am ET
Craig Phillips — Pasadena, CA — May 20, 2009 2:12am ET
Thomas Hughes — Texas — May 20, 2009 10:03am ET
Wilson Daniels Ltd — Galway, Ireland — May 22, 2009 11:46am ET
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