UNLVino To Celebrate 40 Years April 9 – 12, 2014 - Dom Perignon Awards of Excellence To Be Given


Las Vegas will celebrate 40 fabulous years of UNLVino when it returns April 9-12, 2014 with four days of fantastic functions as Nevada’s original wine event. Tickets go on sale Monday, February 10 at UNLVTickets.com for the time-honored epicurean showcase, which continues Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada’s mission to raise millions of scholarship dollars for UNLV’s William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration.


Look what was served in 2013


The 40th UNLVino will be a demonstration in gastronomic excellence as four main events take place across the famed Las Vegas Strip and Downtown Las Vegas. Beverage enthusiasts and foodies alike will have the chance to sample wines, spirits, craft beers and cuisine prepared by some of the city’s most beloved chefs and mixologists. This year’s events will elevate guests’ experiences, including:  


·         Sip & Savor at Spago – Wednesday, April 9: 6 p.m. for VIP; 7 p.m. for GA

The second annual celebrated fundraiser – Sip & Savor – joins the roster of the 40th annual UNLVino as world-renowned Chef Wolfgang Puck hosts an evening filled with premium label wines and incredible food. This mix-and-mingle, dine-around-style meal will give guests the chance to indulge in signature cuisine from Puck’s six distinct Las Vegas restaurants. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet the award-winning chef, as well as executive chefs from his distinct Las Vegas establishments, and a bevy of talented sommeliers and beverage professionals. Chef Puck will be honored with the Dom Pérignon Award of Excellence for his culinary accolades and contributions to the city of Las Vegas. 

Tickets are $225 for general admission; $275 for VIP

Last Year's Grand Tasting


·         BAR-b-q at Caesars Palace Garden of the Gods Pool – Thursday, April 10: 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

UNLVino’s popular BAR-b-q returns to Caesars Palace as cocktail masterminds collaborate for a unique poolside barbeque. At this mixology-inspired soiree, guests can imbibe on signature cocktails created by Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada’s Executive Director of Mixology, Francesco Lafranconi and his talented team, while enjoying mouthwatering twists on barbeque favorites.

Tickets are $100 in advance; $125 at the door  


The April 11 Bubble-Licious will be at the Venetian's Doge's Palace Plaza


·         Bubble-Licious at The Venetian’s Doge’s Palace Plaza – Friday, April 11: 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. 

One of UNLVino’s most beloved events, Bubble-Licious will delight patrons with an evening of champagne, sparkling wines, and cocktails, along with amazing small plates from The Venetian and Palazzo’s collection of restaurants. During the event, pop artist Romero Britto will be recognized with the Dom Pérignon Award of Excellence. A longtime supporter of UNLVino, Britto will be on-hand to present an original poster he created for the 40th anniversary.

Tickets are $125 in advance; $150 at the door


The Founder's Grand Tasting will be held at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health on April 12

·         Founders’ Grand Tasting at the Keep Memory Alive Events Center at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health – Saturday, April 12: 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

UNLVino will conclude with the Founders’ Grand Tasting, which will celebrate the event’s creators, Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada’s Senior Managing Director, Larry Ruvo, and dean emeritus of the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration, Dr. Jerry Vallen. Guests will appreciate captivating architecture of the Frank Gehry designed building as they partake in the world’s finest wines, champagnes, spirits, beers and sakes, as well as bites from the city’s best restaurants and UNLV’s culinary students.

Tickets are $125 in advance; $150 at the door


UNLVino is planned and executed by students in UNLV’s hotel college, providing them with hands-on experience in event coordination and promotion – all testaments to the event’s purpose of providing scholarships for these talented individuals.


UNLVino’s events also will recognize individuals with the Dom Pérignon Award of Excellence, which goes to those who have “distinguished themselves by setting an example through their inspirational leadership, character and work ethic.”

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