Sipping through Italy is as simple as selecting from the top Italian wine lists in Las Vegas: B&B Ristorante, Carbone, Costa di Mare, Ferraro’s and Carnevino Italian Steakhouse. Ambitious in their endeavors, each one offers wide-ranging diversity, plunging deeply into Italy’s favorite food: wine. These lists are the products of imagination, energy, resources, dedication and passion for Italian wine. Below is a SMALL snapshot of wines cultivated for you, along with virtual tastings that are best enjoyed with a glass and fork.
- B&B Ristorante
Marchesi di Gresy “Gaiun-Martenenga” Barbaresco, 1996
Giacomo Conterno “Monfortino Riserva” Barolo, 1958
Ca’ del Bosco “Cuvée Prestige” NV, Franciacorta
Poggio di Sotto, Brunello 2004
Tip: An all Italian and Champagne list with the most comprehensive offerings of Barolo, Barbaresco, Brunello, and Super Tuscans in the city, as well as selections from every major wine producing region in Italy.
Pairing: Cantina Terlano Pinot Bianco “Vorberg Riserva” 2012
“Nestled in the northeastern corner of Italy in Alto Adige, storybook vistas and vineyards are framed by the Dolomite mountain range. Pinot Bianco reaches its pinnacle of expression here. Smooth and silky in texture, it seduces you with peach, citrus, and white flower aromas that give way to delicate musk, mineral, and cedar flavors. Tremendously age-worthy and astonishingly versatile, it can be enjoyed by itself, or with B&B’s warm lamb’s tongue with chantrelle mushrooms and a three-minute egg.”
– Kirk Peterson, Beverage Director, Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group, Las Vegas.
Capezzana, Ghiaie Della Furba, Toscana, 1988
La Scolca, D’Antan, Gavi, 2004, Gavi 2004
Cantina Fratelli Pardi, Sacrantino di Montefalco, 2009
Donnafugata, Ben Rye, Passito di Pantelleria 2013
Tip: The wine list boasts rare old vintages of great wines ranging from Super Tuscans going as far as the 1930s, to Recioto’s from Veneto going back to the 1960s. The list also offers small, esoteric biodynamic producers from not so well known Italian regions.
Pairing: Lunae Bosoni, Etichetta Nera, Vermentino, Colli di Luni DOC 2014
“What a great expression of Vermentino. Grown in this unique region stuck between Liguria and Tuscany, right on the Ligurian Sea, which reflects in the glass with bright and pleasant notes of fresh morning sea breeze, brings great complexity to otherwise powerful aromas of just ripe green apple, quince skin and acacia, still fresh and vibrant with no oak influence. Have it with Carbone’s Caesar Salad, and don’t forget the marinated anchovies.”
– Hristian Iliev, Lead Sommelier, Carbone.
- Costa di Mare
Castello CONTI Boca, Piemonte, 1989
Punta Crena ‘Ca da Rena’ Pigato, Liguria, 2014
Antinori ‘Solaia’ Toscana, 1985
Benanti ‘Serra della Contessa’, Sicilia, 2011
Tip: In addition to its unique and diverse wine list, Costa di Mare features one of the most memorable Italian after-dinner Italian drink selections in town.
Pairing: Vodopivec Vitovska 2010
“Vitovska is a white grape from the Carso appellation of Friuli-Venezia-Giulia. The wine has a light, amber color with an orange tint, aromas of peach, pear and slightly oxidized apple with smoke, in the mouth it is dense, with weight, yet not heavy, honeyed yet dry and full of mineral flavors. Vitovska makes a very fascinating food wine that will make you wonder why you never heard about before! Pairs very well with our grilled Langoustines- Scampi vivi imperiali alla griglia, finished with some extra virgin olive oil!”
– Miklos Katona, Wine Director, Costa di Mare.
- Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar
Giacomo Conterno, Monfortino Riserva, Barolo, 2008
Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino Riserva, Brunello, 2007
Passopiciaro, Guardiola, Nerello Mascalese, Sicilia, 2012
Tenuta San Leonardo, San Leonardo, Trentino, 2007
Tip: Ferraro’s offers an excess of 200 different Barolo and Barbaresco – many of them as verticals of the best producers of Piemonte, including Giacomo Conterno, with eight vintages from Cascina Francia and Monfortino.
Pairing : Giacomo Conterno Cascina Francia, Barolo, 2008
“The star vintage in the last decade is the 2008, which has integrated tannins, leather, cigar box, sour cherries, beautiful balance and a long finish. Should wait a few more years before drinking, and will go well with coniglio brasato (braised rabbit).”
– Gino Ferraro, Owner Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar.
Produttori del Barbaresco “Ovello” 2008
Vietti “Villero Riserva” Barolo, 2004
Bellavista “Gran Cuvée”, Franciacorta, 2008
Emidio Pepe Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 1974
TIP: With its vast number of options from Barolo, Barbaresco, Brunello, and the rest of Italy as well as selections from other parts of the world, Carnevino is also home to one of the most extensive collection of Amari. In addition, the cocktail program offers a dedicated Farmer’s Market cocktail, which showcases the freshest ingredients of the season.