REDNECK RIVIERA Sound like some kind of fun place? You’re right. It’s the first one in the US opened by Nashville entertainer John Rich with a 2nd to be in Nashville later in the year. Redneck Riviera said hello in January with an awe-inspiring unlimited view of the Strip, on the 2nd floor of the shops in front of Bally’s. Best way to get in, is over the bridge in front of the hotel. Redneck is country all the way, from the cowboy boots at the front door, to the tables, comprised of guitar parts, to the beautiful bedazzled rotating saddle hanging from the ceiling. Redneck will seat 150, and 30 at the bar. The windows aren’t windows at all but big glass garage doors that can open in good weather, the perfect viewing place for fireworks. A second bar made of beer cans shaped like the American flag will be happy to offer all active military a free drink. Just show your ID. It’s a total salute from John to all of the military, and tells you what a patriot he is. With country entertainment Thursday thru Sunday and plenty of dancing, hooting and hollering from the stage, you’ll see everything from boots to high heels on the dance floor. Need to take a bathroom break? Great fun there. The women’s sinks are made of tires, and I hear the men’s uses beer kegs. If you want food, Wahlburgers right below can send up the best chicken and turkey burgers with plenty of fixings. Their all-year Thanksgiving burger is fantastic. Media night signaled John’s friends to come out, including Marie Osmond, Gretchen Wilson and the Tenors of Rock appearing at Bally’s, to name a few. Open 11 a.m.-4 a.m. daily, no reservations taken. 702-476-9251 John Rich will be making surprise visits.

The 28th Annual SPLENDOR IN THE GLASS, a wonderful wine and beer tasting afternoon and evening was held at Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa at Crimson. This is a yearly event, changing locations to highlight some of the marvelous vendors we have in Las Vegas. This year there were over 40 wineries and breweries who came out to participate from Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits. There were talks by various companies who represented fantastic products. Fantastic raffle prizes included a stay at The Venetian, a staycation at South Point, a night at The Cosmopolitan, tickets on JetBlue, dance lessons from Arthur Murray, a top-notch guitar and tickets to the Utah Shakespeare Festival. Entertainment was provided by DigDug. A new premium sparkling wine cocktail called Hug was out this year, and I loved all the wines from Constellation and Teriato. Treasury Wine Estate, Pernod Ricard, The Deutsch Family, Beso del Sol, Bronco, Mam Cellars and Wagner Family of Wines were just a few that one could sample. From the door opening at 4 p.m. people poured thru to sip and taste and meet friends they see at this yearly event. With live entertainment, food and a luxurious silent auction, Splendor in the Glass was a huge success. Please put it on your calendar around February or March of next year, to come out and buy tickets. Visit or call 702-799-1010 x 5344.