We’ve tackled date night, ice cream, and everyone’s favorite happy hour friend – the Margarita – now, It’s wine time, y’all!
Vegas has a unique wine culture (like everything else we do) that includes wineries, tastings, dining, and fun activities that let you escape and chill. Unsurprisingly, there is even an entire district devoted to Artisan Booze.
Let the journey begin!
Henderson Booze District and Grape Expectations
I know you are curious about that last one (who wouldn’t be?), so let’s get to know the Artisan Booze District (yes, that’s its actual name) in Henderson.
The Artisan Booze District contains pretty much what you would expect – breweries, wineries, distilleries, craft beer, wine, spirts, etc. You are guaranteed to find something that you love here, no matter what your tastes.
But we here for wine and for that, the Booze District houses one of the most unique experiences around – Grape Expectations.
Aside from the amazingly punny name, you can actually MAKE your own wine here. That’s right, you, the guest, make a wine. This isn’t like paint by numbers for wine, visitors learn about all the things before they dive in – varietals, styles, equipment, and more. Then you start where anyone else, including Lucille Ball did, by crushing your own grapes (though I believe this is mechanical, not powered by feet). Be aware, this activity takes time – a 9-month journey until you see and taste your fantastic creation.
Ethel’s Wine and Chocolate Tasting
Ethel’s is a Vegas institution that is known throughout the world and rightfully so, as their chocolates are amazing! One of the benefits of being in Las Vegas, is that you can tour the Ethel’s factory and partake in several unique tasting experiences – one of which, is a wine and chocolate tasting.
Each tasting experience lasts between 30-45 minutes and gives you a bit of knowledge about the chocolate itself, tasting tips, and flavor identification. The wine portion adds in four hand-picked Trinchero wines that pair with each of the chocolate selections. A total win-win!
Despite what you are thinking, the Grape Street Café, is not located on Grape Street; however, you will find a lengthy wine list here and a whopping 65-75 wines that are sold by the glass! Where to start?!
With a rustic ambiance, Grape Street is designed to replicate a wine cellar and in addition to that super impressive wine list, it also boasts a full-service outdoor patio, a private room, and catering services. The Italian Californian fusion menu also ensures you have some fantastic food to nosh on while you sip the evening away.
This was kind of predictable, no? To have a list involving wine, but not include a craft and drink option? No way!
Corks ‘n Crafts is what it sounds like but a bit more upscale. While you still sip on wine (or beer if you prefer), you also have access to gourmet bites and participate in some seriously awesome DIY – from resin pouring to macramé. Though all projects are geared toward beginners, you won’t find any popsicle sticks or pipe cleaners here, just wine and awesomeness.
This unique setup is great for small groups, a night out, or some downtime with your besties. A private party room is also available if you are thinking of something on a larger-scale.
What’s better than a wine bar? A wine club (actually there is still a wine bar involved, details)!
Located in Summerlin, within the Lakeside Events Center, you will find the Vino Las Vegas Wine Club. With a Clubhouse and a Private Veranda right on the lake, you can’t beat these views!
Grab a glass, chill, and unwind with three fantastic options for an additional dining experience – The Classic Grill at Lakeside, The Rooster Boy Café, and Buena Vista Kitchen. The Wine Club caters to all party sizes from individuals to large celebrations.
In the same area as The Las Vegas Wine Club, also lakeside, is Marche Bacchus. Their varied menu of French and Mediterranean dishes makes for a fantastic dining experience (think steak, seafood, pasta).
But what about the wine, you ask? You will find an incredible 950 labels to choose from here and as a bonus, there is an adjoining wine shop where you can pick up a bottle to go!
Chinglish celebrates two cultures coming together with their classic Cantonese dishes featuring Western influences. Though the wine bar is a new addition, it has received rave reviews and people cannot seem to get enough! Feeling the need to bask outside? You can chill in the ample outdoor seating, which comes complete with heaters during the cooler months.
They boast an extensive wine list of reds and whites, plus sake and champagne.
Last, but certainly not least on our list is Garagiste Wine Room. Yes, a ROOM (is that better than a club or a bar?).
Born out of a passion for wine (I think we can relate), Garagiste specializes in providing a wine experience. Get to know everything about the wine you choose from their professional Sommeliers, discuss it with others, and immerse yourself in the wonders of the drink. Unsure about you, but I’m in!
and drum roll please, we have a new and bonus addition to our list — Uncork Wine Lounge
Uncork, as we mentioned, is a new addition and adds yet another twist to your drink — a lounge environment that specializes in boutique wineries. No big names here, you can discover something new during one of their tastings (usually free or low cost), all while listening to live music! Take a load off and enjoy any number of specialty days, such as Wine Down Wednesday and Unwind and Uncork Friday. If wine isn’t your style, they also offer beer, non-alcoholic options, as well as Tapas (including a chocolate flight!).