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Maria Valetta, wine educator and certified sommelier, and Robert Tas head to Las Vegas where they stop in at Buddy V’s an Italian restaurant in the Venetian resort with views of the strip. What a great place to relax, enjoy, and people-watch in Vegas. Maria kicks off the review with wines from the extensive wines-by-the-glass list before moving on to a stellar bottle for prosecco lovers, and a fabulous, must-not-be-missed Friuli. For red fans, she also spots a baby Super Tuscan, a certified organic barolo and many more. 

Wines reviewed include:

  • 2019 Trinchero, Iron & Sand, Paso Robles, California

  • Nino Franco Rustico, Prosecco Veneto

  • 2015 Ziata, Mia Madre, Bordeaux Blend Napa

Transcript: Buddy V's

Buddy V’s Ristorante… Venetian resort in Las Vegas


RT): Hi Everyone, welcome back to CorkRules! The wine APP & podcast that’s here to help YOU navigate all your FAVORITE restaurant wine lists.

I’m your host, Robert Tas, along with Maria Valetta, wine educator, and certified sommelier, also known as Maria The Wine Blonde on Instagram. Welcome back Maria

MV: Hello Robert we have been on an Italian restaurant kick lately!

RT: We sure have…. and coming up today is Buddy V’s Ristorante… so get ready for cannolis and raviolis and lots of wine ~ Because the Cake Boss has more than just cake on offer, at his restaurant in the Venetian resort in Las Vegas! You can expect his Family’s recipes of Italian favorites with window views of the strip…

So Let’s get to it, and pair some wines with all that Red Sauce from the “BOSS”!

MV: Robert now that’s a good one! Okay so let’s check out this wine list: it’s mostly Italian American themed.. like the food here.. lots of reasonable options and more new world focused on offer by the glass.

RT: So take us through it! 

MV: Okay to start… your best bets for By the glass are the

SAUVIGNON BLANC San Simeon, Paso Robles,

For a crisp bight wine or for a richer, carefully oaked style then order,

 the Chalk Hill, Chardonnay from Sonoma County, 2019 .under premium pours.

 And reds the CABERNET PINOT NOIR Four Graces, Willamette Valley, 2019 ....  Or the Trinchero, Iron & Sand, Paso Robles 2019 for a bigger bolder option.

RT: oh yeah I see definitely California focused …so now that we have a glass of wine in our hand.. let’s roll into the wines by the bottle, you said lots of reasonable options right?

MV: I did.. so I have a few great suggestions starting with a fresh sparkling…

..I know a lot of girlfriends that like to start with prosecco at Italian restaurants and while I do personally prefer Franciacorta, prosecco has its place and can be a fun wine IF it’s a good producer… and the Nino Franco Rustico, Prosecco Veneto, NV .................. 52 is a good one and a good value

But if you want to just roll into a really great white wine because you know you're having the Bronzino for your main entree, then check out the wines from the producer Jermann.  now I know you have heard me mention the pinot grigio from Jermann before a couple of times but not everyone carries the other wines this fantastic producer makes, but Buddy Vs has two on this list that are  must order wines.. the RIBOLLA GIALLA Jermann, Vinnae, Fruili, 2019 that falls into the value category and the jermann, Dreams, Chardonnay 2018............... 138 that falls into the premium category… I think you will fall in love with these wines, especially when paired with the right foods.

RT: And so speaking of food if we are all about that red sauce… what do you recommend in the red value category?

MV: You mean red gravy? Lol! Okay then you go Italian red like the Antinori, il Bruciato, 2019 baby SUPER TUSCAN  Primarily Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah with a small percentage of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot complex with layers of fruit and spice but it ’s the rounded integrated tannins that just makes you want to take sip after sip especially with that Valastro Sunday gravy dish which has a bunch of different meats layered over Rigatoni

MV: If you're all about California wines and have decided on the ANGUS NEW YORK STRIP steak then go for the Seghesio, ZINFANDEL Sonoma, 2017 ...................... 52 it’s super affordable and everyone will love the fruit-forward profile its tannins are softer than a stuffed animal.

RT: Red Zin is actually really good with a little char on your steak too … And then, you mentioned earlier, the Dreams chardonnay in the more premium category what’s on par for reds?

MV: Yeah… Check out these 2, for Italian,  the Ceretto, 2016 BAROLO........................ 152 this family-owned wine estate in the Lange Hills of Piedmont is one of the most respected producers of Barolo (and Barbaresco) all the wines are organically certified and this 2016 vintage has just begun to show it’s best side..

For my American pick, the Ziata, Mia Madre, BORDEAUX BLEND Napa, 2015

64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Malbec, and 9% Petit Verdot. Funny because it has an Italian name even though it’s a California wine… it’s a creation by Karen Cakebread.. now we all know the cakebread name in wine.. she named this wine after her mother’s maiden name Annunziata and is Karen herself is really involved in all the details of making this one .. Give it a try, it would be a great wine to sip on in the lounge while listening to the live music they have on Tuesdays-Thursdays!

RT: Live music and wine.. now you're talking!



RT: Well thank you Maria for talking wine at Buddy V’s in Las Vegas with us, and thank you everyone, for joining us on another episode of CorkRules. Be sure to download the app from the Appstore and start getting your personal restaurant wine recommendations directly to your phone. You can find more wine educational tips from Maria on Instagram @mariathewineblonde and on the CorkRules app.

MV: It’s here! The CorkRules App! Download it for free today from the app store so you can browse restaurant wine lists, connect with your friends, and start drinking wines you love. 

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