Excellence in wine

Excellence in wine

An award-winning wine selection at Bistro Napa offers ideal pairings for the restaurant’s delicious dishes

For 21 years in a row, Atlantis receives Wine Spectator honors.

For its 21st consecutive year, Atlantis Steakhouse has been honored with the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. As well, Bistro Napa received the honor for the 20th straight year.

Atlantis Casino Resort Spa’s Certified Sommelier Christian O’Kuinghttons is at the helm of the property’s wine program, which earned recognition on a global scale. Expanding the palates of Northern Nevada wine lovers and visitors to the area with an exciting array of vintages and varietals from around the world continues to be his mission after 25 years with the Reno resort.

Originally from Chile, O’Kuinghttons began his fascination with wine in childhood, which he spent in both South America and Northern Spain. After years of studying his beloved libation, he became a certified sommelier.

Today, his efforts to partner with distributors and winemakers have brought exciting wines — such as ones from Chile, Uruguay, and Israel, in addition to both popular and obscure domestic and European wines — to the Atlantis’ two fine-dining restaurants.

“This is not a one-man show. My team is an extension of me; they’re an unbelievable force, and when you talk to any of my team members in fine dining, you’re talking to me without an accent,” O’Kuinghttons says, with a touch of the humor that makes him popular with guests.

He explains that in the industry, the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence is a crown jewel.

Wine Spectator is the one magazine that’s been part of the lexicon of wine professionals around the world; it’s recognized on literally every continent,” he says, adding that when honored by the prominent publication, “99.9 percent of the wine world will be reading about you.”

The wine cellar at Bistro Napa

Both the Atlantis Steakhouse and Bistro Napa offer more than 35 wines by the glass. Understanding the oenophile, the staff provides guests with eight-ounce pours or one-third of the bottle per serving. The restaurants also both have vast selections of half bottles, plus they proudly promote winemakers through the Spirited Dining Series, including the PlumpJack, Cade, and Odette wine dinner coming up on Oct. 26.

“We’re conductors in a great orchestra, and we try to create a beautiful symphony for your palate,” O’Kuinghttons says.

Enjoy the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa’s potable masterpieces, and see why the resort’s restaurants are the region’s only establishments to earn this honor two decades in a row.

Visit details, visit Atlantiscasino.com/steakhouse and Atlantiscasino.com/bistro.

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