<aMelissa Nguyen, Level II sake sommelier: Providing visitor experiences the 'Wynn way'.


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Melissa Nguyen, Level II sake sommelier, at Andrea’s in Repetition Las Vegas.

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Editor’s Note: As Robin Leach ends his trip to Costa Esmeralda on Sardinia to invest a week outside Rome in Santa Marinella on the coastline before moving onto his traditional summer getaway under the Tuscan sun in Italy, numerous of our Strip characters have advance in his absence to pen their words of wisdom.

We continue today with Rick Harrison of the History Channel’s “Pawn Stars” and among the few sake sommeliers in the world, Melissa Nguyen of Andrea’s at Steve Wynn’s Repetition Right here’s Melissa with stimulating sake desires!

I want to begin by thanking Robin Leach for welcoming me to contribute this column while he is on a well-deserved summer holiday. It is such an honor!

It was an outright pleasure recently meeting and serving supper to Robin and other media at an unique sake-pairing occasion at Andrea’s. I was beyond thrilled to see his enthusiastic reaction to our sake program and am happy for the chance to share my love of sake with his readers.

For many years, I have actually witnessed sake gain in appeal and stimulate the general public’s interest more and more. It’s an extremely interesting time to be a part of the interesting world of sake.

I have actually remained in the service industry for 16 1/2 years and would state the most gratifying part of my experience, without a doubt, is being part of a motion to help to remove the stigma sake when held.

One would simply state the word “sake,” and it would summon bad memories of his/her regional sushi place, the firewater and the agonizing headache that followed the next day. The fun part of my job is having others experience what a really exceptional drink sake is and getting rid of that worry.

My interest for education and development, and desire to be a part of the city’s ever-evolving food-and-beverage market, is why I chose to pursue my Advanced Sake Expert Course Level II.

(Editor’s Note: The Level II certification, provided by the Sake Education Council, symbolizes a significantly “greater level of understanding of and familiarity with all things sake, including production methods and their variations.”)

When I started working at Andrea’s, the innovative certification seemed within reach given my experience working at other top Strip resorts. When I chose that it was time to pursue a Level II Accreditation, the Andrea’s, Wynn and Encore group couldn’t have been more supportive. The test is just as soon as a year, in February, in Japan.

This happens to be one the busiest times of the year in our market in Las Vegas. It had actually constantly concerned me to leave my group throughout our peak season. Fortunately, with assistance and support, I was able to put in the time needed to study and move forward in achieving my 2nd accreditation.

After intense studying including a wide variety of flash cards, drawing maps, memorizing kanji (ideographs) and blind tasting, I got on an airplane to travel outside the nation alone for the first time in my life headed straight to Tokyo (completely similar to “Lost in Translation”).

I was at work exactly one week after I had flown back from Japan when I received the e-mail mentioning that I had actually passed the test and turneded into one of 180 individuals on the planet to have this accreditation! To this day, I couldn’t be prouder of the achievement.

I have actually been able to take all my experience and training to work collaboratively with the fantastic staff at Andrea’s providing the very best visitor experience in the “Wynn method.” At Wynn, it is vital that we all uphold the highest standards and supply the finest, most authentic service, which is expected at a Forbes Five-Star Hotel.

Our sake program at Andrea’s is so comprehensive that it’s simple to discover the ideal choice to pair with any of executive chef Joseph Elevado’s delightful Asian dishes. I advise light with light, rich with rich. If you plan to have primarily sushi and sashimi, select a sake that is clean, sophisticated, refined and on the drier side to not overpower the delicate freshness of the fish.

If you remain in the mood for steaks or saucier meals, choose sake that has more body, earthiness and effectiveness to hold up to those tastes. Simply as with wine, you want to match and enhance the sides of the pairing.

I want to have the chance soon to direct readers of this column through the sake-ordering experience at Andrea’s.

Have a look at our other visitor column today from “Pawn Stars” hero and reality-TV star Rick Harrison. On Tuesday, try to find our guest columns from magician Nathan Burton and Terry Fator’s beautiful onstage sidekick and ex-wife Taylor Makakoa.

Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich & & Famous” fame has actually been a reporter for more than 50 years and has actually invested the past 15 years providing readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

Follow Robin Leach on Twitter at Twitter.com/ Robin_Leach.

Follow Las Vegas Sun Home entertainment + Luxury Senior Editor Don Chareunsy on Twitter at Twitter.com/ VDLXEditorDon.


Encore is nearly a mirror image of the Wynn Las Vegas, from the brown glass exterior to the design and positioning of the logo design– and it’s just as luxurious as the original. Some call Encore the younger, hipper sibling of Wynn.

Found steps from Wynn Las Vegas, yet under the exact same roof, Encore’s fanciful and intimate atmosphere differs from anything anywhere, with an environment that is distinctly Wynn and definitely Encore.

Steve Wynn spared no information in his most recent equipment when designing Repetition. The gambling establishment floor is decorated in rich reds, browns and purples with mosaic butterflies embedded into the marble floors and fresh flowers welcoming guests in the casino atrium.

Luxury does not end of the casino floor. Encore boasts 2,034 impressive visitor rooms and suites. The basic suites resort accommodations are 700 square feet with the larger suites determining in at 5,800 square feet. Standard suites visitor rooms include plasma screen Televisions, high-end bath items, spectacular views of the Strip, and also plush linens and bed mattress, which can be purchased in the Encore store, in case you cannot get enough.

Dining options include Chef Theo Schoenegger’s great Italian cuisine at Chef Theo Schoenegger’s, Sinatra’s and the pan-Asian café creations of Chef Jet Tila at Wazuzu.

Guests can also dine on steaks and chops at star Botero Steak. At Switch, Encore’s French restaurant, the walls come to life mid-meal and your environments appear to change prior to your eyes. For decadent, hip Asian dining before or after a night at one of resort’s ultra-chic bars, see Andrea’s, the latest dining experience at Repetition.

XS headings Repetition’s nightlife and pool party scene while Danny Gans looks after humor and entertainment. Repetition also includes 2 of the most renowned night life experiences in Vegas, XS Club and Give up. Both feature main space dance floors that flow outside to pools, outdoor patio areas and video gaming locations.

When the temperature level increases, do not miss Encore Beach Club, the premier daylife destination that features 3 tiered pools and luxurious cabanas and bungalows with private infinity swimming pools.

Repetition Esplanade showcases 11 high-end retail stores, with brands like Hermes, Chanel, Loro Piana and Rock, and Republic Piaget luxury watches. The resort also has a Forbes Five-Star day spa, a salon and an 18-hole, on-site greens, which is surrounding to the Wynn.

3131 South Las Vegas Boulevard Las Vegas, NV 89109

Andrea’s This new upscale restaurant in the Encore is named for Steve Wynn’s other half, Andrea, who ensures Las Vegas journalist Robin Leach that she’s going to be hands on with the restaurant and night life lounge at the Repetition. “Andrea has described it as vibe dining, an expression coined by Bagatelle’s British creator Jonathan Segal for his global group of successful dinner clubs,” Leach wrote. “Andrea states watch out for pictures of her eyes, shot throughout a modeling session, that will certainly watch over customers from the back wall of the bar in the 6,200-square-foot location. The hot zone of this certain-to-be popular playpen will be the raised center dining dais, a see and be-seen spot for platinum celebration people.” Chef Joseph Elevado brings his mastery of Asian tastes to the dining establishment. DJ Steve Angello serves up the musical beats in the hip, high-energy setting. The 2 of them in February 2013 developed three delightful courses of food, beverages and vibes at the advising of Las Vegas Weekly’s Brock Radke.
3131 South Las Vegas Boulevard Las Vegas, NV 89109

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