I spent an afternoon with Joey at the View Wine Bar (420 South Rampart Las Vegas at Tivoli Village) awhile ago and shared with you in my Adventures in Sauvignon Blanc blog. Well today I took Michael along for lunch at The View. The weather was about the same, cloudy and a little windy, but the view was better because the fountain was full and working (as opposed to dry and filled with men in yellow vests cleaning it!). The location is a little hard to find, which is why we are talking about it here and giving you directions. You will find it above Brio at Tivoli Village. To get there, walk past the entrance to Brio and around the corner and look for LV Market! Enter there and cross through the downstairs bistro and take the stairs to the 2nd floor. Head to the front of the building and relax in the industrial decadence of the “View”.
You can see the fountain out the front windows and the mix of industrial architecture with exposed ceilings and ducts and tufted couches and seats with natural woods and wine bottle light fixtures in plumbing pipes is enchanting in my opinion. My advice is to go on a weekday mid day and sit at the bar. Joey will be working and she is full of great advice on food and wine. If you like a little more action, well then hit it in the evenings when Joey tells me the place is hoppin’!
Michael and I strolled up and had a seat at the bar to enjoy the view. The menu is full of great small plate items so you can order a bunch and enjoy. We ordered the risotto cakes (which I enjoyed last time) the tuna tartare tacos, the Tivoli wrapped dates and the Gnocchi Gratin. Michael started with the S.A. Prum, Essence Riesling from Germany and I started with the Cloudline Pinot Noir. The S.A. Prum is from Mosel, and the Cloudline is a Willamette Valley Pinot. We both enjoyed the wines and felt both were good food wines. We tasted with the Tivoli wrapped dates which are dates stuffed with goat cheese and almonds wrapped in prosciutto and then set in a balsamic reduction. We moved on to tasting with the Tuna tartare tacos, which were mini hard shell tacos with raw tuna, avocado, fresh lettuce and a little creme fraiche. Then the gnocchi gratin, which went surprisingly well with the Pinot! The acid cut through beautifully with the cheese and paired nicely with the risotto cakes which are breaded fried squares of risotto topped with grated parmesan and lemon zest. The lemon zest added a wonderful fragrance! Michael moved on to an Italian Pinot Grigio called VOGA which again paired great with the food. We talked about European wines and how they are meant to pair with food which makes them different from many new world wines that are blended to drink alone. As we moved on to dessert, we settled on the Dark Chocolate Nutella Cake and paired it with the Condundrum Red (which obviously is a whole lot of Zinfandel and a bit of Petite Sirah) and Joey’s favorite (that she let me taste when we walked in) Earthquake Petite Sirah from Lodi. The Earthquake was beautiful on it’s own while the Conundrum was a little hot. When paired with the Chocolate Nutella cake, both were stunning!
View a Short Video of our Visit Below.
Details on the Wines
S.A. Prum Riesling Essence 2010
Located in Wehlen on the Mosel, S.A. Prum lies in a stunning German valley dotted with vineyards growing high quality Riesling. S.A. Prum is family owned and the winemaker is Raimund Prum who is the grandson of the winery’s founder.
Family history in Mosel dates back to 1156 and they have produced commercial wine for the past 200 years. The winery was founded by Sebastian Alois Prum in 1911. Raimund took over in 1971 and has made the winery one of the most successful in Mosel.15 of their 40 acres lie within the Wehlener Sonnenuhr (sundial of Wehlen) domain. The name comes from the sundial painted by a Prum on an outcrop of slate in 1842. The Wehlener Sonnenuhr vineyard is incredibly steep and is known for Germany’s finest Riesling. The vines here are around 80 years old and benefit from the sunshine on the steep slope. The soil has layers of blue slate which has decomposed and is mineral rich. Below you find deep aquifers that provide these old vines with deep roots with water during the dry periods.
The winery is still a family affair with Raimund’s daughter deeply involved in the winemaking and ready to take over from her father.
Cloudline Pinot Noir
Cloudline Cellars is personal label for Dreyfus, Ashby & Co. They have been importing wines for 60 years and focus on family. They bring in wines from smaller family owned wineries with rich histories. With Cloudline, they have created a winery of their own. They have long worked with Oregon Wineries including helping to develop Domain Drouhin. In addition to creating a great Pinot Noir, they are environmentally forward thinking and have bottled the 2011 Pinot Noir in a new bottle that uses 20% less glass.
They believe in creating a delicious and consistent value in Oregon Pinot Noir. Veronique Drouhin-Boss is their consulting winemaker. This Pinot Noir comes from the Willamette Valley AVA.
Okay I didn’t see the bottle when she poured this for Michael and then I went to the website. These guys are hip and sexy and package their wine in a sleek and sexy glass cylinder. Their catch phrase is “VOGA Italia – Drink In Style” and the website is strewn with photo’s of models enjoying their wines. No details about the winery or history, but Michael enjoyed the wine with his lunch.
Conundrum Red Blend
Conundrum is owned by the Wagner Family of Wine. The Wagner family settled in Napa Valley in the 1800’s and the family and business revolve around “living” in the vineyard.
In 1971 Charlie, Lorna and their son Chuck Wagner started building the barn that would become the winery. Chuck at that time was just 19. They now have 6 labels. Caymus was the first and focuses on Cabernet. Chuck still runs the Cabernet Program here. Chuck’s son Charlie makes Chardonnay at Mer Soleil and Silver in Monterey County, Joseph makes Pinot Noir under the Belle Glos and Meiomi labels. Conundrum was inspired by Chuck’s father Charlie, who was known for grabbing different glasses of wine off the table and mixing them just to see how they would taste. In 1988 Jon Bolta was named winemaker for white wines and put together the first white wine blend of Conundrum that was released in 1989. We actually tasted the Conundrum Red which is just in it’s second vintage. They won’t tell you what is in it, but I smelled lots of Zinfandel with at least a little Petite Sirah. It was very tasty with the chocolate dessert.
Earthquake Petite Sirah
Earthquake is the reserve level wines from Michael David Winery. The history here goes back aways. Andrew and his wife Lucille came to Lodi to homestead in the 1860’s following the civil war. They began farming vegetables then added fruit and eventually 15 varieties of wine grapes. The Phillips family has been farming here ever since and now have 650 acres of wine grapes.
The brothers Michael and David co-own the winery (hence the name) and the bright labels and unique names for their wines reflect the brother’s quirky personalities. The wines they make range from: 7 Deadly Zins, to Seven Heavenly Chardonnay, 6th Sense Syrah, the Zins: Lust, Gluttony, Sloth and Rage, Incognito red and white blends, Freakshow Cabernet among others.
Located off of Highway 12 in Lodi they are more than just a winery. Stop by the tasting room, bakery, cafe or fruit stand. I look forward to being back in this area and stopping by.
All in all, this was a really wonderful way to spend an afternoon. The space at the View, as you can see is stunning. The service is terrific (big shout out to Joey) and the food and wine selections perfect for enjoying on a cloudy afternoon.
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