FLIGHTS OF FANCY
The Tower Suites Bar sends you on two very special—and very bubbly—voyages.
If life were but a dream, each day would bring a new sparkling wine or Champagne to taste. And what is Wynn Las Vegas, after all, but a place to make dreams reality? Thus, the Tower Suites Bar now offers guests an opportunity to sample the bouquet of bubblies on its wine-by-the-glass list, in convenient—and delectable—flights. Designed by Wynn Director of Wine Mark Thomas, the two flight options each consist of three 3-ounce pours, with both offering samples of the Perrier-jouët Brut NV and Ruinart Brut Rosé NV. The choice, then, essentially comes down to the Sparkling Wine Flight’s Scharffenberger Brut NV versus the Champagne Flight’s Dom Perignon Brut 2003. ”The reason I did it that way,” explains Thomas, “is that the Sparkling Wine Flight is a comparative tasting, to sample a really well-made Méthode Champenoise California sparkling wine (from Mendocino) against a traditional Champagne, plus a rosé. The Champagne Flight, on the other hand, allows guests to taste two different Champagnes: a Brut non-vintage, and the Dom Perignon 2003, alongside a rosé.” Part of the joy of any wine flight comes from detecting flavors both consistent and varied throughout the selections. The Ruinart rosé, for example, displays raspberry notes that reside above the traditional flavors you get in Champagne, such as the taste of Granny Smith apple that arises from the wine’s acidity and the yeast flavor born of the winemaking process. The Scharffenberger exhibits notes of brioche, lemon twist, and green apple, while the Perrier Jouët, a dry style, is more full-bodied, with notes of bread dough, banana, and a bit of cooked fruit. And with a decade’s worth of age on it, the Dom Perignon 2003 is the most fullbodied style offered here, with a forward nose of lemon, vanilla, and a touch of cedar, as well as notes of poached green apple and pear. You don’t need to memorize this, of course, as your server will happily walk you through the flavor profiles. But one thing is certain: Either flight will be a trip to remember. n