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Maria Valetta, wine educator, and certified sommelier, and Robert Tas hit the Las Vegas strip and pop into Estiatoria Milos to review the wine list at this award-winning Greek restaurant that serves authentic Greek cuisine and an eclectic wine list that features a wonderful selection of Greek wines, including 20 wines-by-the glass options which offers guests the opportunity to branch out and explore new wines, and Maria provides insights and recommendations on which wines to try. 

Wines reviewed include:

  • 2021, Ktima Geravassiliou Malagousia

  • Agiorgitiko Ktima Driopi Nemea, Greece

  • 2019 Ghost Block Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Transcript: Estiatorio Milos

Milos Restaurant Las Vegas in the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino:

RT): Hello and welcome back to CorkRules! The wine podcast that’s here to help YOU navigate all your favorite restaurant wine lists so you can learn to order wine with confidence.

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

MV: Hello Robert! We are talking about authentic Greek food and wine on today’s podcast!

RT: That’s right Maria, but before we get started, let’s talk about CorkRules. CorkRules was created to help you navigate the wine list so you will always love the wine you drink. With CorkRules in hand, you can confidently and easily select wines from wine lists based on your preferences of flavor, style, region, and even price! Plus, you can check out which wines your friends ordered and try them yourself. Want to get started? Then check out our podcast wine list reviews, our Top Sommeliers are here to help you find those hidden gems, value wines, and those special celebration-worthy bottles on the wine list of your favorite restaurant.

Now Maria, let’s dive into Milos Restaurant in Las Vegas

MV: Estiatorio  Milos has found a new home on the Las Vegas strip, at the highly regarded Restaurant row of The Venetian Tower. The new décor brings a bright, and airy Oasis feel with an extravagant open Kitchen. This is the best spot for fresh fish and authentic Greek cuisine.


RT: I love Mediterranean cuisine. It’s just so fresh and healthy! Maria, I am looking forward to having you guide us through this list.

MV: The list is well appointed with over 20 wines by the glass, and lots of options from Greece which is fabulous. what grows together goes together. And a little secret, they have an awesome power lunch of 3 courses with many of their best dinner options to choose from and a sommelier wine pairing should you want to indulge! It’s my new fav lunch spot right now

RT: Great tip for our listeners Maria, So can you be our Milos Somm today and make some selections for us from the by-the-glass list to start us off?

MV: I sure can, so I always start with the Ktima Geravassiliou Malagousia 2021 a great Greek white that’s aromatically expressive and also refreshing.

Another great choice is the Assyrtiko Mikra Thira from the island of Santorini. This one is for my sauvignon blanc lovers as this indigenous Greek white grape has a similar zippiness. Both of these whites are going to be fantastic with the Mezze platter, or the grilled octopus appetizer, two of my favorite starters.

RT: How about reds by the glass and a pairing for those?

MV: With this many wines by the glass we have some great options. The Agiorgitiko Ktima Driopi Nemea, Greece is going to be a complex full-flavored red. Agiorgitiko is the most widely planted grape in Greece. And the word Ktima we’ve seen that twice now, well that means estate.

 If you want something lighter-bodied, try the pinot noir from Biblia Chora (khora)a Pinot from Pangeon Greece (NW) the mushroom mix would be perfect with this selection.

RT: On to bottles anything caught your eye?

MV: Yes, since they have a great selection of raw fish (crudo/sashimi style) a bottle of champagne would be lovely to start, and I would recommend the Phillipponnat Royale Reserve Brut. This deep golden colored Champagne made of premier and grand cru vineyards is one of my favorites.

And another gem, they have a Viognier from Ktima Gerovassiliou the 2018, I’d love to try that, I bet that is going to be fantastic. And a hold on , one more, a red that I love , a good secret-find, the Ghost Block 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley Cali. That’s a rock star and definitely needs decanting.
RT: Fantastic, some great options for our listeners to try. Now how about value wines, can you help us with some selections from the menu?

MV: I would stick with the indigenous Greek grapes or those from the surrounding countries, that is where you are going to find super values plus they will be perfect with the cuisine, I promise! A great value wine I had recently, the Xynisteri Alina from the Vouni Panayia winery – I posted this on my Instagram it was so fabulous. It went with the Greek flavors, the Greek salad, the whole dourade fish, the grilled shrimp… it enhanced everything! It’s from Cyprus so it makes sense that it pairs really well with anything from the surrounding waters.

RT: How about selecting us a value red from Greece?

MV: Here you go, the Xinomavro Valos 2015 from Ktima Katsaros a small family-run organic winery located on the hills of Mount Olympus. Xinomavro literally translates to Acid-Black, it’s the second most planted grape in Greece and is often compared to Nebbiolo as it has aggressive tannins and high acid and as it ages, the savory notes come through. A definite for the Colorado Prime lamb chops.

RT: That sounds awesome honestly.. and now, what about some special night-out wines..

MV: Here you could hit up nearby France for white and have a perfect pairing for the fish market options. The Sauvignon Blanc Pouilly Fumé Silex from famous Loire Valley producer Didier Dagueneau, with any of the whole fish in salt-crusted is going to be so insanely delicious. Everyone will want to be at your table.

MV: And while I definitely suggest the fish, if you are bent on getting meat, you should go big or go home, get the 34oz Côte de Boeuf their 40-day dry-aged steak and a bottle of the Bevan Estate ONTOGENY FROM Napa Valley. This is a big wine, so steak is the way to go and if you won big at the craps table, then take it up another level and order the TUSK Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 FROM Napa Valley. Incredibly hard to find and made by one of the best winemakers in Napa, Philipe Melka. This is cult category wine, rich, deep, and concentrated. Maybe even call ahead and see if the chef can do a whole lamb if you’re ordering this one! Haha!! Now that would be really memorable!!

RT: What a great idea for a group dinner! Well, that’s all we have time for today.  Thanks for helping us navigate the Milos Las Vegas wine list. Check out Maria on Instagram @Mariathewineblonde. Thank you everyone for joining us here on CorkRules. Remember the only rule in wine is “drink what you LOVE”.

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