Worthwhile Places to Wine & Dine in Vegas’s Tourist Areas

This foodie and wine lover recently ate and sipped her way through Las Vegas (the scale confirmed it). If you are anything like me, you appreciate good eateries and places to wine down in tourist areas, which is why I compiled this list for you. I even included two wineries an hour away from the Vegas strip.

Restaurants and Places to Drink Wine

Tap at MGM Grand3799 S Las Vegas Blvd.

This sports bar doesn’t just serve beers on tap. They are tapping into the "wine on tap" trend (cheers to them). If you don’t know what wine on tap is, I’ve included a brief wine-11 below. The wine on tap list includes:

  1. Pinot Grigio, Coppola, California
  2. Chardonnay, 14 Hands, Washington
  3. Pinot Noir, Martin Ray Angeline Reserve, California
  4. Cabernet Sauvignon, Simi, Sonoma

They'll even let you try them first. If wine on tap is not your thing, Tap offers five wines by the bottle: a Sparkling, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Malbec and Merlot. With 60 HD flat screen TVs that kept my hubby entertained while I sipped my way through the wine list, Tap doesn’t have your average American Cuisine bar menu. Get the Chicken Nachos…you can thank me later!  

Wine on Tap: a distribution method for wine. Instead of distributing wine via the bottle, wine is housed in stainless steel kegs and pushed through the keg by a pump. Supporters of this method say it's more cost-effective, more sustainable, and quality is maintained longer.

Herbs & Rye3713 W Sahara Ave.

If you really want to escape the Las Vegas scene, head over to Herbs & Rye. Serving up American and Italian fare and creative handcrafted cocktails in a retro dim setting, Herbs & Rye also has a great wine list for wine lovers. The menu includes steaks, Italian dishes and flatbread.

Maybe it was the restaurant ambiance that lured me to the cocktail menu. I had the French 75: Champagne, Orange Curacao, Gin, and Lemon. When in doubt, Champagne pairs well with just about anything. For starters, our group had the Meatballs & Chorizo and Calamari. I’m not really a steak eater, so the hubby and I shared the Tomato Caprese and Yardbird & Risotto. Everything was amazing, including the music.

Border Grill at The Forum Shops at Caesars3500 S Las Vegas Blvd.

I just love Mexican food! After window-shopping at The Forum Shops, a fellow foodie and I decided to grab lunch at Border Grill (their Happy Hour menu enticed us). Take advantage of their Happy Hour menu Tuesday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Enjoy $4 Bebidas (drinks), $3 Tacos, $5 Quesadillas and $7 Antojitos (little cravings).

For starters, we shared the Queso Fundido con Chorizo from the regular menu (it was cheesy good). We each had the $5 Citrus Grilled Chicken Quesadillas from the Happy Hour menu (delicious). And since I was recuperating from Latin Grammys the night before, I skipped the vinito for this meal. Not to worry though, Border Grill has Sparkling, White and Red wine on the menu.

Want to know how to pair Mexican food with wine? Check out my post here.

La Cave Wine & Food Hideaway at The Wynn: 3131 S Las vegas blvd. 

Tucked inside The Wynn, La Cave offers over 50 wines by the glass and 400 wines by the bottle (yes, you heard that right). They don’t call it a "Wine & Food Hideaway" for nothing. With a different atmosphere in the cellar, the front bar area, the dining room, and their patio that overlooks the landscaped Wynn resort pool and gardens, La Cave is the perfect spot to wine down.

The hubby and I sat in the patio for a romantic evening that included an array of small-plates, craft beer for the hubby, and the Somm’s Selection wine flight for me:

Wine flight at la cave food & wine hideaway 

  1. Chenin Blanc, Storm, Santa Ynez Valley, CA
  2. Malagousia, Domaine Gerovassiliou, Epanomi, Greece 
  3. Grenache Blend, Chapoutier, Chateauneuf Du Pape, France
  4. Nebbiolo, Damilano, Lecinquevigne, Barolo, Piedmont, Italy

Their small-plate menu includes selections from the sea, farm, oven, garden, grill and butcher. From the sea, the hubby and I shared the Thai Snapper Ceviche and Hamachi Crudo.  From the farm, the Bacon and Egg Fettuccine, and from the oven, the Chorizo and Andouille Flatbread. Everything was delicious!

Special thanks to our waitress Amber and Director of Wine, Mark Hefter for answering all my food and wine questions. I really recommend this wine retreat!

The Wineries

Before heading back home, the hubby and I decided to rent a car and check out two wineries an hour away. I’m glad we did.

Pahrump Valley Winery3810 Winery Rd., Pahrump, NV

Nevada’s most awarded winery, Pahrump Valley Winery features wines produced from grapes grown in Nevada and California. The complimentary wine tour starts on the property grounds and vineyards before heading to the wine production area. Once the tour is done, guests are escorted to the tasting room to taste seven wines from the tasting list. I recommend trying the Nevada wines, especially the Mourvedre, Nevada Ridge 2014 vintage. Similar to a Pinot Noir, this Nevada wine is dry with notes of strawberry and toast.

Special thanks to Jaye, our tour and tasting guide.

Sanders Family Winery3780 E kellogg RD., PAHRUMP, NV

Had we not arrived at nightfall, we could have enjoyed the winery grounds and views. The main entrance to Sanders Family Winery is lined with tall Italian Cypress trees and bordered by two full production vineyards. The architecture is of the renaissance period with panoramic mountain views as the backdrop.

With its warm hospitality, Sanders Family Winery offers complimentary wine tastings 7 days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The tasting includes seven different wines: three whites, three reds, and the Ruby Port dessert wine (all pictured below).

Since we missed the winery tour, the hubby and I went straight into the tasting and had the pleasure of meeting Jack Sanders who graciously gifted us a bottle of the Ruby Port. Excited to share a sweet recipe he shared with us on another post. 

Thank you for visiting this post. Let me know if you make it to any of these Vegas spots.

Cheers, Nat