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Pahrump Winery Las Vegas

Wine Tasting in the Desert? Pahrump Winery Makes its Mark in Nevada

By Alexa Chipman May 1, 2017

Towering red cliffs and wide desert filled with Joshua trees surrounds Las Vegas, meandering through dusty roads to the town of Pahrump. An eclectic mix of independent survivors in rustic trailers and exquisite homes, it is not where you would expect to find a renowned winery. In a landscape of brush and rabbits, it was the first Nevada winery, but was neglected until 2003 when entrepreneurs Bill and Gretchen Loken stumbled across the opportunity to renovate and expand the business. It did not take long for them to fall in love with the art of winemaking, and their enthusiasm for Nevada wine has propelled them toward a goal of using local grapes. In the last few years, they have been busy planting vineyards around the state, and while California grapes heavily supplement their current wine, they are determined to turn that around and have at least 75% Nevada grapes in the next few years. They currently offer seven entirely Nevada grown wines and bottle about 9,000 cases per year.

Pahrump Winery Las Vegas


Immersive Exploration in ‘Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition’

By Alexa Chipman Apr. 26, 2017

If a historical event could be said to have celebrity status, the sinking of Titanic would be a headliner. It has prompted endless academic papers, feature films, and several musicals. The disaster took center stage in the 1980s when the wreck was discovered and excavated, prompting the wildly popular movie that defined millennial culture. I remember when you couldn’t turn on the radio without hearing “My Heart Will Go On.” Although Titanic fever has passed, its significance and intrigue have not.

Luxor Hotel’s Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition (The Big Piece)


Structured Elegance in Japanese Gardens

By Alexa Chipman Apr. 15, 2017

Rippling koi ponds filled with colorful fish, dramatic arched bridges, carefully tended shrubbery, pristine gravel gardens and bright blossoms come to mind with Japanese gardens. There is a sense of peace when strolling through the green paradise, mingling formal planning with the wild beauty of a natural forest.

I’ve spent hours sitting on a small bench nestled in a quiet corner, reading or gazing out at what comes close to perfection. Even when crowded and filled with screaming, exhausted children, somehow these gardens manage to overcome the cacophony to maintain their serenity and bestow it on visitors. (more…)