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Wine Spectator brings its top bottles to Aureole at Mandalay Bay

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The revamped Aureole remains an oenophile’s paradise.

Charlie Palmer’s Aureole at Mandalay Bay has always been one of the greatest places for wine in Las Vegas, famous for its breathtaking, four-story wine tower in the center of the dining room. Although the restaurant has recently undergone some refreshing changes, the tower and the wine remain. As if to fortify the destination’s reputation, Wine Spectator brings a celebration to Aureole this weekend.

More than 40 of the wine bible’s top 100 bottles of 2016 will be served and sipped on Friday night, March 3­—an experience guided by Palmer himself, Mandalay Bay Director of Wine Harley Carbery and a number of the winemakers. The wines’ rankings have been determined by the publication’s editors, who aim to find the most exciting and diverse bottles, from emerging vineyards and regions to traditional estates exploring new directions. Among the top picks that will be featured at Aureole: Domaine Serene Chardonnay Dundee Hills Evenstad Reserve, 2014; Orin Swift Machete California, 2014; and Ridge Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains, 2012.

The event should be a stellar opportunity to re-engage with this Strip dining icon, its inviting new décor and an updated menu that encourages sharing and social interaction. New dishes will be served as passed hors d’oeuvres, including lion fish ceviche tacos and whole roasted sturgeon Wellington. If you haven’t revisited Aureole, the time has come. Wine Spectator Tasting at Aureole at Mandalay Bay, March 3.

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