Rock n Roll wines has been a real success story . Chris Hammond while studying for his Sommelier Exam gathered his close friends together to help him study wines. They came up with the novel idea of listening and "pairing" wines with music. Their Rock n Roll wine events had beginnings in small venues and has grown into events in some of the "hipest" venues in town. The Amplified events in Las Vegas draw thousands to Mandalay Bay's Beach for great wines , music and food.
This years Wine Amplified Festival featured THIRDEYEBLIND a group that is no stranger to any lover of most types of music. In addition to this renown group , guests were treated with the sounds of Jarrod Gorbel and Locksley as the anticipation built for the main featured act to take the main stage.
The Beach at Mandalay Bay Resort is known throughout the world for its wave pool and flowing lazy river. It is also the location of the main stage and even more wines.
Winemakers also attend these events in person. Winemaker Stillman Brown of Red Zeppelin wines was present and pouring his 2006 Red Zeppelin Chardonnay , Red Zeppelin Vindication NV and his very delicious 2007 Zeppelin Syrah by Stillman Brown.
This unique venue provides a very laid back atmosphere to enjoy wines from all over the world and listen to great music as they sit , stand or stroll through the sand and the water under a moonlit Las Vegas evening.
The Beach featured wines that are very well known. Moet Hennesey and Domaine Chandon were are first stops as we walked down the beach. Trinchero Wines had 14 wines for the guests to indulge their palates. If your type of wine is SAKE , Sake One was in the house with their G-Joy and Moonstone Sakes for a taste of the Far East. TY KU also featured very nice Junmani Ginjo and Junmani Diaginjo as well.
AUREOLE's very talented pastry Chef Megan Romano herself was serving a luscious Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar.
Chef Hubert Keller's Fleur de lys was showing off their best with Cold Beef Salad with Granny Smith Apples and Horseradish that left everyone wanting more.
STRIPSTEAK was our next culinary stop on the beach and we enjoyed American Kobe Sliders with Fennel Slaw and Watercress that was a carnivores delight.
MIX which is very famous for their dishes and their view gave us a nice Red and Yellow Gazpacho with a Spicy Crab Salad that went well with a lovely Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc.
Our last culinary stop off was a touch of Asia with Barbecued Pork Salt and Pepper Sea Bass from Shanghai Lilly
It was now time to take things upstairs for a view , food and of course more delicious wines. The Land Rover Pinnacle Club at Moorea was well worth the walk as we were very well rewarded for our efforts.
We noticed Rick Moonen's RM Seafood and ran, not walked to their table across the Moorea pool and were greeted by Chef Rick Moonen and Chef Adam Sobel in person serving some of this renowned restaurant's best sustainbale delights from the sea as only they can do.
The wines at the Pinnacle Club were spectacular with Cave De Lugny , Hoffman Family Cellars , Wagner Family wines and wine maker Richard Oh of OH and Otter cove wines showing off his very nice new release , OH Syrah
Chris , Sonny and their entire staff did another spectacular job putting on an event like none other in the country. The Mandalay's Beach , music , the food and wines all came together on a cloudless starry night in Las Vegas for a festival to be remembered. Count us in for next year !
For more information about Rock n Roll wines and the Amplified Festivals please visit Rock n Roll Wines