Chris Kassel
BlogBooksFeaturedReviewsWine Country

A Rite of Paso – A Book Review

A Rite of Paso reads like it was a collaboration between Dick Tracy, Walt Whitman, Humphrey Bogart, and Truman Capote. With Woody Allen overseeing the plot twists.

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Jan van Bijlert - Young Man Drinking a Glass of Wine
BlogFeaturedMisc

Today is National Drink Wine Day! Uhh… Isn’t Every Day?

As well as saving humans from the dangers of water (something that fish, turtles, frogs, bacteria, paramecia, newts, and alligators mate and crap in every day), wine has been an icon of the most civilized countries for millennia. Vegas Wineaux

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BlastBlogLas VegasThe Strip

The Staycation

Sorry my fellow Americans, but with few exceptions (New York City, Hollywood, Miami, Chicago, for instance) we’ve pretty much got iconic sexy down.

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BlogFeaturedLas VegasThe Strip

A Visit to the Strip – SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino

There is absolutely no vestige of the iconic casino that used to be in this place. From the outside walls to the inside casino, everything has been completely redone.

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Dr. Jim
BlogWine Country

Dr. James Giacobine – An Eberle Icon Passes On

Dr. James Giacobine, half-brother of Gary Eberle and co-founder of the iconic Eberle Winery in Paso Robles, passed away quietly in his sleep in late January at the age of 95.

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Tahoe Ridge Winery Vineyard
BlogFeaturedLas VegasWine Country

Nevada and Wineries and Bordellos, Oh My!

In Nevada, what do whorehouses and wineries have in common?

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BlogFeaturedLas VegasWine Country

Siduri Surprise!

Before I even had a chance to tell you about the wonderful Siduri and Novy tasting at the Aria with Adam Lee, I was hit with a shocker.

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BlogCredentialsFeaturedLas Vegas

Passing the Certified Sommelier Exam…Or Not. Part Deux

Let’s just say that the very first thing I did during the service portion more or less guaranteed that I wouldn’t walk out with my Certified pin in hand. It was ugly.

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BlogCredentialsFeaturedLas Vegas

Passing the Certified Sommelier Exam…Or Not.

Actually, there were only about five that I knew I bombed on (one being so elementary that anyone who could spell Two Buck Chuck would slap me).

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Exhausted. Really Exhausted.
BlogFeaturedLas VegasMisc

The Return! Wines, Vegas, Sommeliers, etc.

Between studying for every test on earth and being in the middle of a major IT/web project at The Day Job™, I have had nothing remotely approaching a social life.

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Mezzo on North Rancho
BlogFeaturedLas Vegas

My Las Vegas: Mezzo

The Smith & Hook was far too rambunctious and showed its youth. Wait. Let’s back up. Did I really say that?!?

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BlogBooksFeaturedReviews

Proof: A Reference Book That’s a Fun Read

Warning! The word “geek” or the phrase “geek out” appears a lot in this review. Because I geeked out over a lot of stuff.

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