As noted, the incredibly archaic and stupid laws that are on the books guarantee that it's almost impossible to start a winery in this state.

Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout
While I've had coffee infused beer in the past, this particular stout will put hair on your chest. I'm grabbing tweezers.

2011 Dourthe Sauvignon Blanc - Bordeaux
Drinking this wine and imagining oysters made me think of a Hemingway quote from A Moveable Feast: As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture...

This series will be a description of each AVA, its climate and geology, the grape varieties grown, and, of course, the wineries and wines that it produces.

I mean really? Does Nevada need a wine industry? After all, money isn’t everything.

So if a couple like Adam and Dianna can manage to create well over a dozen different Pinot Noirs from many disparate regions and still have them TASTE LIKE PINOT NOIR, then what the hell's wrong with the nitwits whose Pinot Noir tastes like dreck? I don't get it.

However, every now and then I'll get something really interesting that I'll want to pass on, and this press release is one of those that caught my attention.

"Sheri's Ranch" by Satori Son. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons -
If your county has a population of 700,000, you can have whorehouses but you can't have wineries. Stupid.

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.

Jan van Bijlert - Young Man Drinking a Glass of Wine
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

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

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.