2005 CHALONE VINEYARD CHARDONNAY




Sunday, 6/17, Las Vegas, NV
We were wheels up at 4:45 p.m. enroute to Las Vegas for a little belated birthday celebration for #1 and a timely happy father's day for moi! As usual Southwest had us there early and by 7:00 p.m. we were checking in at The Venetian. Now I've been going to Vegas for about 16 years and The Venetian has vaulted to the top of my favorite hotel in Vegas list, strip location or otherwise. And I've stayed at just about all of them, including all of the well known resorts. The Venetian is just pure class with huge, extremely comfortable rooms, three flat screen LCD televisions and beds that you damn near don't want to get out of. After #1 and I freshened up a little, we headed out to one of the restaurants in the Grand Canal Shoppes attached to the resort. We chose Wolfgang Puck's Postrio and were seated out in the courtyard where we could do a little people watching and listen to a trio that were performing on the mall. Neither of us being extremely hungry, we decided to split the lobster club that Puck is famous for. Believe me, he should be. That is one great sandwich, loaded with lobster, apple wood bacon and a tasty sauce. We ordered a glass of the 2005 Chalone Chardonnay to accompany our sandwich and the salad we also split. I wasn't familiar with this vineyard but enjoyed the glass. Very fruity with just the right amount of spice, a little oak, balanced acidity and a great finish. A little pricey, $9/glass, but it was on the lower end of the wine list and Vegas can be expensive at times so you come to expect it. I gave it 3 Corkscrews for good taste and what I suspect would be a good value in a retail store. Tomorrow more about the Vegas trip and this weekend a review of the Vinturi I tested. Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often, Drink Wine!

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