Top spots to drink wine in Reno
Venues throughout Reno offer guests the chance to sample an array of wines produced in regions from coast to coast and around the globe. Whether you’re a fan of red or white, you’ll find plenty to choose from at these wine-sipping hot spots.
With a resort-wide wine list that tops 500 options, the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino is home to plenty of pours. When it comes to picking one spot for sitting and sipping, resort sommelier and assistant maître d’ Peter Yen suggests Bimini Steakhouse.
“Choosing from our by-the-glass selection, one of my favorites is the Pascal Jolivet Sancerre 2013 from Sancerre, France,” Yen said. “It has wonderful notes of flinty minerality with concentrated fresh stone fruits and citrus — mouthwatering.”
Sterling’s Seafood Steakhouse
A 16-time winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, this restaurant inside Silver Legacy Resort Casino serves close to 60 wines by the glass and features an interactive wine list to assist guests in their selection. The total wine options here top more than 300, and suggestions from wine director Philip DeManczuk include the PreVail Back Forty cabernet sauvignon and the Ferrari Carano Middleridge Ranch pinot noir.
Whether you choose to take a table in the restaurant or grab a seat at the bar, you’ll be presented with a healthy wine list at Roxy, which is located inside the Eldorado Resort Casino.
“The best thing about Roxy is it works for any occasion,” said Rob Stone, director of food and beverage. Stone said there are 236 options on the wine list, including 33 wines by the glass.
For an experience that echoes the tasting rooms of famous wine regions, take a trip to the Reserve at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino. Here, guests can choose from more than 80 wines, which can be ordered by the glass or sampled by the ounce from state-of-the-art wine dispensers. During happy hour, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, wine at the Reserve is $5 a glass and can be paired with $5 appetizers from Charlie Palmer Steak.
Inside Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, this restaurant and lounge features more than 300 wines, including 30-plus served by the glass — with a standard 8-ounce pour.
“If I want to feel a little more grown up, I will gravitate toward a nice sparkling wine like the Domaine Chandon Brut,” beverage manager Holly Buchanan said. “Another favorite is Orin Swift Abstract. It’s a great red wine with a fresh, fragrant blend of grenache, petite sirah and syrah.”
The Steakhouse Grill
Step into the Steakhouse Grill at the Nugget Casino Resort, and you’ll have 100-plus wines to choose from, including a menu of more than 20 served by the glass.
“The 2012 Duckhorn merlot is one of my favorites,” beverage director Steve Sabol said. “This full-bodied wine comes from Napa Valley and has a rich flavor with complex fruit and mineral layers.”
Another suggestion from Sabol: the 2013 Pahlmeyer Jayson red blend.