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Las Vegas: Inglenook wines plans comeback at Bellagio event

After a nearly 40-year absence from restaurant wine lists, California’s Inglenook label is poised for a comeback and plans to proclaim it at a wine-and-food pairing in Las Vegas.

The Jan. 26  event, the first of Bellagio’s 2013 Epicurean Epicenter series, will be hosted by the celebrity team of Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, whose worldwide holdings include steakhouses at Bellagio and Aria, and Hollywood director Francis Ford Coppola, whose family has owned Inglenook the past 38 years.

The Napa Valley vineyard fell dormant in 1964. Finally pleased with his many years of cultivation and renewal work, Coppola will be showing off 2009 and 2011 vintages at the Las Vegas event.

Also attending will be Estate Director Philippe Bascaules, who worked for 21 years at Château Margaux, a highly acclaimed French vineyard, before Coppola lured him to California.

The venue for the event is Tuscany Kitchen, a state-of-the-art demonstration kitchen in which diners can watch dishes being prepared.

Vongerichten will cook a four-course meal for his guests. Among the offerings: salmon, scallop and crème-fraiche fritters; crispy Waygu beef short ribs, and for dessert, a Gorgonzola fondue.

Inglenook will provide a 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon and a 2011 Blancaneaux.

All-inclusive tickets cost $350 per person. They are available at the Epicureau Epicenter Web page or by calling Bellagio’s concierge desk at (866) 406-7117.

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