Scott Torbett is anything but a wine snob, even though he is sommelier at a highly respected Las Vegas restaurant, Vintner Grill. It's located, unexpectedly, in an office park in Summerlin.
Torbett appreciates wine choices that are also a bit unusual. One of his favorite summertime choices is a good rose, and the Vintner Grill's wine list includes his all-time favorite, a French Tavel from Grenache grapes, as well as a 2016 rose of Cabernet Sauvignon from coastal South Africa that he recently introduced by the glass.
Both have been well received, he adds.
His passions for wine and food were honed during his tenure with Wolfgang Puck, where he worked alongside Vintner Grill's previous sommelier. He was delighted to have the opportunity to take over the position from his friend, and considers the restaurant's out-of-the-way location a distinctive plus, noting that it's a kind of local "secret."
He highly recommends the wine lists at more visible Las Vegas dining spots, notably MGM Grand's Joel Robuchon, Delmonico Steakhouse at The Venetian and Aureole at Mandalay Bay, adding that Aureole consistently has wine selections that are available nowhere else.
Trends? In wine, they're hard to predict, Torbett hedges. He adds that several regions around the world are worthy of note: French Rhones, Oregon Chardonnays and Washington Syrahs and Grenache, among them.
This conoisseur is delightfully fresh and honest, much like the wines he favors.