If you live in or around Vegas, we’re bringing every weekend to you one night early starting this Thursday, January 30.  Join us weekly at Chef Charlie Palmer’s Aureole for a fun-filled Thursday night to the tune of live jazz music, a rotating cast of “Unusual Suspects” wines all priced at $39 per bottle, and 20% off* all menus.  The revolving “Unusual Suspects” wine list will feature a mix of different labels, but will also highlight one particular varietal each week.  So c’mon Nevadans, start chasing Thursdays with us and turn those two-day weekends into three. 

* excludes Unusual Suspects wines, small plates and happy hour menus 

A valid Nevada state ID is required to take advantage of these special promotions. 

Featured Varietal for Thursday 1/30/14:  California Gewurztraminer
Gewurztraminer, Navarro, Mendocino, CA  2009

This aromatic varietal is said to have originated in the Pfalz region of Germany, but is more renowned in France than its homeland.  Domestically, California boasts success with Gewurztraminer as well.  Although, there are only 1,735 acres of the variety planted in California compared to 94,986 acres of Chardonnay making it a tiny production and rare varietal in the United States.  “Gewurz” translates to spicy and “traminer” is another varietal from which Gewurztraminer originates.  As the name implies, Gewurztraminer exhibits aromas of roses, lychees, ripe peaches, oranges, as well as cloves, honey, gingerbread and bergamot.  Although sweet versions are made, Navarro, located in the cool Mendocino area north of Sonoma County, makes a dry version with fruity, sweet notes.  This wine would pair perfectly with our Tuna Scallop Duo with sweet chili or Duck Breast with poppy seed spaetzle and orange marmalade.