We started off the year by taking a quick trip to Las Vegas to visit family, something we do a couple of times a year.
This year was a bit different, as we went to some attractions we’d never been to before. First off was a drive to Pahrump, Nevada (about an hour’s drive west of Vegas), to visit one of the wineries. Nevada has a grand total of four wineries, two of which are in Pahrump. Most of the juice for the wine is brought in from California, but the Pahrump Valley Winery does have wine made from local grapes (including some grown on their own property).
This winery only produces about 10,000 cases of wine a year, and we were told that they only bottle wine around 30 days a year. The employees all help with the bottling process, including attaching the foil and labels by hand. This is the bottling machine (left side) and the corking machine (right side):
We were pleasantly surprised by the wine – it was quite nice, and there was a good variety of sweet to dry wines to suit everyone. Symphony’s restaurant at the Pahrump Valley Winery is really good, with a very pleasant atmosphere. We’ll definitely plan a return trip next time we’re in Vegas.
Pahrump is also famous (infamous?) for having the closest legal brothels to Las Vegas. There’s the famous Chicken Ranch
and Shari’s Ranch next door, where we took a tour. Because, well, why not?
On our other days in Vegas, we went to Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, where I got to hang out with the rich and famous. Heloooo, Johnny!
I must say… some of those figures were so realistic that even on close inspection they looked alive. I couldn’t help but wonder if one of them was going to be a real person pretending to be a wax dummy, and scare the living daylights out of me when it moved.
We also spent a few hours at the Mob Museum. It was interesting, though I think I would have enjoyed it more if I was already familiar with the history of some of the famous gangsters. Still, it was well done, and for anyone with an interest in that subject, I’d certainly recommend it.
All in all, it was a good trip. I’m already looking forward to a return visit in a few months.