2013 MacPhail Family Wines ‘Vagon Rouge’ Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

Tightly wound and reluctant to release, we recommend a splash decanting before drinking this wine. Do that, and you’re in for a real treat as it reveals its deep, dark, fleshy black fruits, particularly black cherry and black plum. The wine fills the senses with additional notes of dark flowers, spicy oak and a black pepper note from the oak, and the long, juicy finish is lip-smacking and spicy. After 24 hours from uncorking the bottle, the wine has gained in the glass, showing darker, fleshier, black cherry fruit that continues to gain focus. An ideal candidate for mid-term cellaring. Try from 2022 through 2030.
MSRP: $65 (April 2016)
Wine Lines rating: 93+

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2013 MacPhail Family Wines ‘Wildcat’ Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast

There’s a lot going on in the nose of this single-vineyard wine from Sonoma County’s Wildcat Mountain, including wild strawberries with a sweet edge, an engaging lavender component, freshly tilled soil, a sanguine note of iron and, after some swirling, a vanilla note. It’s all beautifully balanced; nothing clunky or syrupy. Sleek in the mouth, where impressions of crisp cranberry and black tea emerge, the wine’s powdery, fine-grained tannins are barely noticeable as the 14.9% alcohol level seems more like 13%. This is a Pinot Noir that’s defined by its sublime litheness; like a wildcat, it’s light on its feet. Lay it down for up to a decade, serve it alongside beef bourguignon, or simply sip and savor it.
MSRP: $49 (April 2016)
Wine Lines rating: 93

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2013 Jackson Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley

The densely opaque, black/purple hue gives full warning to what is to come. Initial whiffs of cocoa powder and wood spice give way to concentrated blackberry and black currant fruit, with notes of black olive and bell pepper adding varietal complexity. Juicy and mouth-filling. Youthful, fine-grained tannins coat the tongue and palate. Do you have a thick New York strip steak ready to throw on the grill? I did, and it was a perfect pairing. Ready to enjoy now, it will also age gracefully for a decade or more.
MSRP: $38 (April 2016)
Wine Lines rating: 91

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2014 Jackson Estate Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley

First, I must confess – the Anderson Valley appellation on the western end of Mendocino County has always impressed me with the quality of the Pinot Noir juice being produced there. That being said, this is a lovely rendition of the grape that anyone will appreciate and love. Lightly opaque, it has a glowing plum purple color. Distinct cherry cola aromas arise from the glass, followed by blueberry and high notes of sandalwood and cedar. In the mouth, the blueberry flavors dominate, picking up a tart edge. Varietal sleekness and silkiness carries through to the juicy finish. Impressive now in its youth, it should continue to provide pleasure through 2024.
MSRP: $32 (April 2016)
Wine Lines rating: 90

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2014 Wakefield Promised Land Shiraz, South Australia

Opaque crimson/purple in the glass. Aromas of eucalyptus-tinged red and black berry fruits follow through on the palate. It is medium in body, with moderate, fine-grained tannins that give it a sleek mouthfeel. Over several hours, it kept improving in the glass, picking up blueberry fruit. This is an excellent everyday red, easy to drink on its own or pair it with summer barbecue fare.
MSRP: $12.99 (April 2016)
Wine Lines rating: 89

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2014 Dry Creek Heritage Vines Zinfandel, Sonoma County

The wine presents with an opaque, deep purple color. Peppery wood notes lead to scents of red berry fruits (think raspberry and cranberry). The fruit sweetens up in the mouth, and carries through to the lip-smacking finish. Enjoy this red with baby back ribs coated with a sweet and spicy rub.
MSRP: $22 (April 2016)
Wine Lines rating: 89

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2015 Dry Creek Dry Chenin Blanc, Clarksburg

Pale straw in color. One of the least known wine appellations in California is Clarksburg, located on the rich delta soil south of Sacramento. Here, mild winters and balmy summers allow Chenin Blanc to ripen to perfection. This white varietal has a reputation for making world-class bottlings in the Loire region of France, but I prefer the forward, fruit-laden style seen in this rendition. Aromas and flavors of white pear, tropical fruits, mint-tinged peach, and tangerine delight the senses. This medium-bodied wine is quite versatile, great as a welcoming wine at a soiree or a pool party, but equally at home paired with white meat entrees, fruit-and-cheese platters, or Asian salads. At $13, it is a Value Vino and a great wine to buy by the case for the warm months ahead.
MSRP: $13 (April 2016)
Wine Lines rating: 89

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2015 Dry Creek Sauvignon Blanc, Dry Creek Valley

The color is a very pale straw, which belies the cascade of floral aromas, honeydew, citrus, and tropical fruits that gush from the glass and onto the palate. Although the juice was stainless steel fermented, some batches saw time in oak and chestnut barrels, which imparted notes of nuts and cream. Rounded and medium-full in the mouth, this is a Sauvignon Blanc structured to savor and sip. Excellent value.
MSRP $18 (April 2016)
Wine Lines rating: 90

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2014 Jackson Estate Chardonnay, Santa Maria Valley

A brilliant straw color in the glass. This is classic California Chardonnay – rich aromas and flavors of ripe peach, fleshy tropical fruits, and honeyed floral notes, all wrapped up in a cloak of buttery shortbread and spice from oak aging. It coats the palate and lingers at the finish, echoing the sweet buttered fruit. This bottling is an archetypal example of the style that made the name Kendall-Jackson synonymous with crowd-pleasing New World Chardonnay.
MSRP: $28 (April 2016)
Wine Lines rating: 91

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Table 34: Fine Dining at a Fair Price

By Mary Frederiksen

The theme song to the old TV show, CHEERS, has a line in it: “where everybody knows your name, and they’re always glad you came”.

Table 34 restaurant epitomizes this sentiment perfectly.

I discovered this fine American take on a French bistro when my husband and I first moved to Las Vegas in 2009. This was in the middle of the Great Recession, when many Las Vegas restaurants met their demise. Only a few non-Strip fine dining establishments were able to weather that economic storm, and Table 34 was one of the few. Today, Table 34 continues its tradition of excellence in all aspects of providing a fine dining experience …outstanding service, pleasant bistro ambiance and, most importantly, exceptional food at reasonable prices.

Chef Wes Kendrick is the co-owner along with his sister, Laurie. Chef Kendrick learned his craft from an elite catering chef. He became executive chef for Joe Greensleeves Restaurant in Redlands, California at the age of 24. From there, he moved to Las Vegas in 1999 to help open the Wild Sage Cafe at the Warm Springs location that is now home to Table 34. At around this time, his sister Laurie was working with Wolfgang Puck, who was opening a branch of Spago in Las Vegas. When the corporation holding the Wild Sage Cafe dissolved, Wes and Laurie jumped at the chance to start their own restaurant and do it their way.

Table 34 is named for a table at the back end of the 200 seat restaurant. Kendrick considers the restaurant to be an American cafe with French and Italian influences. Specialties include a variety of meat choices – high-end meats, seafood and wild game. There are vegan choices as well, plus daily specials, and the menu is constantly evolving. Many of the items on the menu are made from scratch.

What has charmed me over the years is the care everyone at Table 34 takes to make you, the diner, feel welcome. It is an elegant pampering that makes you want to return frequently. This feeling also makes you want to tell all your family and friends about this unique restaurant. There are many fine dining choices in Las Vegas, most of them on the Strip. What makes me love Table 34 is that it is away from the Strip and the crowds. The prices are very reasonable, the servings ample, and the ambiance is quiet elegance.

The Restaurant and Chef Kendrick have been honored over their 7 years in business with numerous prestigious awards. Most recently, they received a 2016 Diners Choice Award of 4.5 stars out of 5. Their Zagat 2016 rating ranks their food “extraordinary to perfection”…a rating far above many Strip restaurants. Chef Kendrick is most proud of being honored two years in a row with The Best Chefs of America award. Best Chefs is a 3-year-old peer-nominated honor, so the selection holds a special place for him.

Those that like wine with their dinner will find a serviceable wine list at reasonable prices. Those oenophiles who look for hidden gems will find a few here. Owner Laurie, who has an excellent palate and makes the purchases for the list, will be happy to make recommendations. There is also a full bar able to whip up your favorite potable potion.

Speaking of drinking, they also have a special Happy Hour from 4:30pm to 6pm Tuesday through Friday.

Table 34
600 Warm Springs Road
Las Vegas, NV 89119
(702) 263-0034

Lunch 11am-2:30pm Monday-Friday
Dinner Tues.- Sat. 5pm to 9:30pm
Happy Hour Tues.-Fri. 4:30 to 6pm.
They are closed on Sundays.

To view their current menus, make reservations, and see photos of the restaurant, visit their website at: http://table34lasvegas.com

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