After lunch at Fiamma, we zipped over to Bellagio for Brad's wine class:"Wine Immersion Experience: Taste Wine Like a Master Sommelier". This event was hosted by Bon Appetit's features editor, Hugh Garvey.
There are only 100 Master Sommeliers in the country, and a record three are at Bellagio. This achievement involves a rigorous Master Sommelier exam composed of Wine Theory, Service and of course, Blind Tasting. Brad and other participants sipped on unique selections from around the world featured by Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada. Jason Smith – Bellagio Director of Wine and Master Sommelier – guided them through a behind-the-scenes look at the methodology and rationale behind blind tasting.
Brad thought the class was fun, if a little elementary. He got to blind taste four good wines: a Sauvignon Blanc, a white Burgandy, an Oregon Pinot Noir, and a French Cabernet. He did well and was in the "top of his class" on figuring out varietal grape and location of wineries.
Meanwhile, I had an hour and a half to enjoy walking around the Bellagio, enjoying the flowers, shops and casino.
The flowers were bright and fun, beginning at the front door! Happy sunflowers and gerbera daisies greeted us at the entry.
Once inside the gorgeous lobby, the flowers continued to amaze guests.
The fabulous Chihuly glass ceiling in the registration lobby is one of my favorite spots in Vegas! It is spectacular in the daytime and also at night.
A vignette area behind the registration desk area make you feel almost like you are really on Lake Como! What a delightful place!
More on the Bellagio flowers later... But tomorrow, more chefs and food.