Monday, March 8, 2010 | 7 p.m.
I scream, you scream we all scream for ... wine ice cream?!
Our pinot noir- and riesling-fueled dreams have been answered. Someone — an avid drinker, we'll wager — has finally had the cojones to unite two of man's greatest creations: wine and ice cream.
"And he saw that it was good."
Oh sure, spirited sorbets have been dancing around our crème brûlés, chocolate lava cakes and lacey tuiles for some time now, but those petite quenelles tend to be soft, fast-melting or slushy because of the high alcohol content of some liqueurs. But wine, which hovers in just the 12 percent range, stands up nicely to the cold treatment.
Beginning March 26, Double Helix Wine Bar in the heart of the Shoppes at Palazzo will offer six varieties of rich, Mercers of New York ice cream featuring five wine varietals (Cherry Merlot, Chocolate Cabernet, Peach White Zinfandel, Red Raspberry Chardonnay, Royal White Riesling) and one Ala Port.
- Club Guide
- Double Helix Wine Bar
You can either enjoy your adulterated treat by the three-ounce scoop for $9, a three-ounce three-flavor flight for $9, or take a whole pint home to the party for $19. But don't worry about getting too tipsy; one pint contains the alcoholic equivalent of a glass of wine. And if you were to happen to be in the vicinity on March 26, Double Helix is offering a $5 tasting of all six flavors from 5-7 p.m. Maybe that would be the time to put a bug in someone's ear about beer sorbet.
With top accommodations, first-rate entertainment, high-end shopping and a slew of acclaimed chefs, the Palazzo has positioned itself as one of the most luxurious resorts on the Strip.
More than 3,000 all-suite rooms start at 740 square feet and are decorated in a modern, yet classic, Italian style. Each room features a sleeping area, with a king or two queens, and a sunken living room area with floor to ceiling windows.
A cathedral ceiling tops the Palazzo casino, while a second 80-foot dome brings natural light to the property's lobby. The 105,000 square foot casino features more than 2,000 slots and 80 table games but lacks the stale smell of cigarettes, as the property is LEED certified with smoking off limits in most of the Palazzo — including 50 percent of the casino floor.
Dining at the Palazzo is among the best of the Strip, starting with Wolfgang Puck's CUT. Chef Simon To serves up authentic Chinese cuisine at Zine, while Sushisamba combines Brazilian and Peruvian flavors with Japanese techniques. At LAVO, club-goers can dine on Mediterranean dishes before heading upstairs to the bath house-inspired nightclub.