LAS VEGAS, Jan. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- This year, the 39th annual UNLVino will expand to four days of events, for wine, beer and spirit enthusiasts, April 18-21, 2013. Nevada's original wine festival will showcase an array of international beverages and continue Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada's mission to raise millions of scholarship dollars for students of UNLV's William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration.
Tickets are now on sale for 2013's exciting festivities at UNLVTickets.com. The perfect Valentine's Day gift for wine connoisseurs – UNLVino's special $350 wine-lovers "passport" package – includes admission to all four tastings, a savings of more than $100.
The 39th annual UNLVino will be the most impressive to date as the event expands to feature four days of world-class food and beverage tastings for the first time, throughout multiple Las Vegas venues including:
"Bubble-Licious" at The Venetian – Thursday, April 18: 7-10 p.m.
Guests to Bubble-Licious will enjoy an evening of exquisite champagnes, sparkling wines and exotic champagne cocktails accompanied by delectable cuisine from The Venetian's celebrated restaurants. The event will take place at Doge's Palace adjacent to The Venetian's main porte-cochere, where guests can mingle under the stars and take in the unrivaled energy of the Las Vegas Strip. Tickets are $125 in advance; $150 at the door.
"Sake Fever" at The Mirage – Friday, April 19: 7-10 p.m.
Sake Fever, UNLVino's popular celebration of the most authentic and precisely crafted Asian beverages and cuisine, will immerse guests in the tropical oasis of The Mirage's resort pool. In addition to an extensive selection of imported and domestically brewed sakes and beers, the elegant event will feature fresh fare crafted by Sushi Masters. Tickets are $100 in advance; $125 at the door.
"Grand Tasting" at Paris Las Vegas – Saturday, April 20: 7-10 p.m.
The main event and a Las Vegas tradition, UNLVino's Grand Tasting will transform Paris' Champagne Ballroom into an epicurean paradise, featuring an incredible collection of international wines, specialty beers and craft cocktails complemented with cuisine prepared by UNLV's talented culinary students and some of Las Vegas' favorite restaurants. Attendees also will enjoy live entertainment including the musical stylings of a special guest deejay. Tickets are $125 in advance; $150 at the door.
"BAR-b-q" at Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health – Sunday, April 21: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
UNLVino debuts a mixology-focused BAR-b-q, rounding out an impressive four days of beverage events benefiting UNLV's Hotel College. Featuring cuisine from renowned celebrity chefs Charlie Palmer, Scott Conant and Gustav Mauler, the luxurious tasting event will be elevated with craft-cocktail creations by Master Mixologist Francesco Lafranconi set amongst the awe-inspiring architecture of Cleveland Clinic's Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. Tickets are $100 in advance; $125 at the door.
The events also serve to honor recipients of the Dom Perignon Award of Excellence. Students of UNLV's Hotel College will select four individuals to recognize who have "distinguished themselves by setting an example through their inspirational leadership, character and work ethic."
UNLVino is differentiated through unparalleled, hands-on student experiences at all levels of event planning, execution and promotion, as well as the impactful funds raised each year – all testaments to the celebratory weekend's broader purpose – scholarship.
Out-of-town alumni and tourists are encouraged to visit UNLVino.com as well as the respective websites for UNLVino's partner resorts, The Venetian, The Mirage and Paris Las Vegas, to explore special room rates and packages in the upcoming months.
UNLVino was cofounded in 1974 by the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration and Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada, the two organizations which continue to sponsor it today. In its 38 years, UNLVino has raised millions of dollars for the scholarship program, which has aided UNLV students who have pursued careers in the hospitality industry around the world. For more information, visit UNLVino.com or call 877.413.VINO; tickets are available at UNLVTickets.com.
SOURCE Southern Wine and Spirits of Nevada