You hunger for short rib braised by a three-star Michelin chef that lets your knife goes untouched. A cabernet selected by one of the world’s 186 Certified Master Sommeliers that changes what risotto means to you, and absinthe expertly prepared to follow today’s selection of scallops.
The credentials of our roster of culinary talent go beyond expert training and esteemed awards. Take a bite, and you’ll know.
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Sommelier Nick Hetzel
Nick Hetzel, an Iowa native, became interested in Food & Beverage when he worked in the back of the house at Aunt Maude’s Restaurant during High School. He moved to Las Vegas in 1997 to attend University of Nevada, Las Vegas where he studied Food & Beverage Management. Nick’s fascination for wine began in college when he took a class at UNLV taught by Steve Geddes, Master Sommelier.
While attending the UNLV, he also worked in the kitchens of James Beard Award-winning chefs Stephan Pyles and Mark Miller. In 2001, upon completion of his Food & Beverage Management degree, he spent a year in the management training program with Houston’s Restaurant in Irvine, CA.
Building on his love of wine, he worked as Sommelier at Rosemary’s Restaurant for four years in Las Vegas, and two years as Sommelier at the acclaimed Redd Restaurant in the Napa Valley. He was presented with the opportunity to move back to Las Vegas and open Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro in 2008, serving as the opening Beverage Director. While at Morels, Nick built a 500 selection wine list deep in Rhone, Bordeaux and California cult selections and was integral in the creation of a seasonal cocktail program.
In 2009, Nick was part of ARIA’s opening Sommelier team as the lead at Sirio Ristorante and is currently the Lead Sommelier at Sage, Chef Shawn McClain’s restaurant in ARIA. Sage has been named by Wine Enthusiast as Top 100 Wine Restaurants in the nation for 2011 and 2012 as well as the current winner of Wine Spectator’s Best of Award of Excellence. Be sure to ask for Nick Hetzel to assist you in pairing the perfect wine with Sages contemporary American dishes.