This December, Steve Wynn and restaurant impresario Michael Morton open La Cave Wine and Food Hideaway, nestled inside Wynn Las Vegas. Inspired by the Latin phrase “in vino veritas” (in wine there is truth), La Cave offers an escape where guests can enjoy a modern American small plates-menu from Executive Chef William DeMarco. Global wines were selected by Danielle Price, award-winning executive wine director of Wynn Resorts, and Rober Wright, La Cave wine director.
The wines at La Cave will surprise and please connoisseurs and novices alike. Guests can sample a 2000 Harlan Estate Bordeaux-blend from Napa Valley, California, a boldly flavored domestic wine, along with other interesting selections such as a 2009 Mollydooker Shiraz Blue Eyed Boy from South Australia.
“La Cave’s wine list offers a variety of wines that encourage guests to approach wine from a fresh perspective and explore new varietals,” Wright says.
Open for lunch, dinner and late-night indulgences, La Cave’s menu features an array of international influences to complement Wright’s wine pairings. The menu is divided into categories based on the dishes’ origins: From the Sea, Farm, Oven, Garden, Grill, Butcher, and cheeses From The Cow, Sheep or Goat. Flavorful flatbreads such as ham, egg and cheese with quail eggs and Neuskes bacon are ideal for sharing, while vegetable dishes including salt-roasted beets with whipped goat cheese and pistachio entice meat and veggie lovers alike. Creative seafood dishes including hamachi with pickled chilies and candied lemon zest join meat and poultry options such as horseradish and parmesan-crusted rack of lamb to cater to a range of tastes. Dishes from the grill such as Angus mini burgers with mushroom and chipotle mayo further round out the menu and satisfy cravings. In addition, guests can select from a variety of meats and cheeses to create their own charcuterie board.
Designed with 555 International, La Cave is comprised of three distinct spaces — “the cave,” main dining room and garden lounge. Guests are greeted by a glass entryway surrounded by rich wood panels. The cave features cobblewood oak flooring, low vaulted ceilings and a large sign made of red LED lights that reads “In Vino Veritas.” An arched steel-metal gate features Latin phrases celebrating food, wine and the arts, evoking the feeling of an exclusive wine cellar in Tuscany while providing a glimpse into the main dining room.
Spacious and low-lit, the dining room boasts a center bar outfitted in a herringbone pattern and bookmarked by two wine rooms. A ten person “share table” features a walnut table perched atop two large wine barrels that allows for intimate wine tastings and special events. The garden lounge recalls an oversized living room with mix-and-match custom-made chairs and tables, at which guests can unwind with a glass of wine and small plates from DeMarco.
At La Cave, guests will find a one-of-a-kind destination that invites them to experience the meaning of in vino veritas in a sophisticated yet relaxed setting.