The Mirage, Las Vegas
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The Mirage Hotel and Casino – A Rant

It doesn’t seem too much to ask for clean sheets without holes, a fridge that I can use, room TV service that’s dependable, and stable Internet. Either that or cut the price of a stay. I can get better service (fridge and all) at any Courtyard, and at a far lower cost.

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Villicana Liquid Hope Rose
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Paso Robles Wine Festival – Visiting the Wineries

And the lottery tickets didn’t help. Eight dollars in winnings don’t exactly add up to a retirement-worthy windfall.

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From Chilean Petit Sirah to French Whisky – An Afternoon Tasting with Palm Bay

The transcendent moment came when I sampled their exquisite Auslese, Beerenauslese, Trockenbeerenauslese, and Eiswein. Yes, I had them all. Don’t hate me because I’m Prüm.

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Grape Expectations, Henderson, NV
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Great Grapes at Grape Expectations! Nevada Wine “Laws”

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.

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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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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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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.
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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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What’s New is What You Can’t See!

It’s based on a scale that I can hang with; the usual wine rating systems award 50 points just for being wine. So if the wine really stinks, it still gets 50 points!

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BlogFeaturedLas Vegas

The Signs They Are A’Changin’

My Aunt Joyce and I would visit the Hilton regularly for a girls’ weekend away, and she is the source of one of the funniest “I’ve had too much to drink oh god let me die” stories ever.

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Car Rental Center McCarran
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Thrifty Car Rental, Wine Jelly, Yelp, and Me

I could actually hear my wine turning to grape jelly as I waited in that hot, smelly mess.

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BlogFeaturedReviewsWines

Sommelier, Con’t & Summer Wines

It was comfortable enough in the shade, but the shade was rapidly retreating. Fortunately, it’s a dry heat. Not unlike a blowtorch.

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