Around Town: Three nights of UNLVino

With popping bottles of Dom Perignon, go-go dancers and a whole 250-pound tuna, this year’s UNLVino offered something for everyone. The main attraction for the 5,000 people attending, however, was three days of the best food, wine and spirits Las Vegas has to offer, served up in a trio of locations throughout the valley.

The party got underway on April 11 with the Bubble-Licious celebration of sparkling wines at the Frank Gehry-designed Keep Memory Alive Event Center. The next night, the party was taken poolside to Red Rock Resort for the Asian-themed Sake Fever. Things wrapped up April 13 with a retro-themed Grand Tasting at the Mirage Events Center, in honor of the celebration’s 45th anniversary.

Three Las Vegans were honored over the long weekend with the Dom Perignon Award of Excellence: Caesars Entertainment’s Don Ross, Hae Un Lee (aka Mr. Lee) of Lee’s Liquors and chef Nicole Brisson. But the big winners were the UNLV hospitality students who received college credit for participating, and the future recipients of scholarships funded by ticket sales.

Among the first set of headliners at Kaos, Cardi B sang until 4 a.m.
Guests at the eighth anniversary celebration gathered under the boughs of “Absinthe’s” Electric Oak art installation, which has 120,000 LED leaves that change color to music.
The meal included ladybug cake pops.
Wanda English Blair, director of marketing for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, left, and Luxury publisher Blue Ash, center, with performers from “Legends in Concert.”
Those attending the Grand Tasting sipped wine and sampled delectables from food stations manned in part by UNLV students, who received college credit.
Dior Beauty at the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace
Photo by Wagyumafia
“Everybody and their mother right now wants pastel, the muted blush tones, ivories, whites,” said Teryl Soren of English Garden Florist. Photo by Getty Images
Joshua J. Fine Jewelry’s oval cut 4.76 carat pink diamond with half moon cut 2.38 carat side diamonds are set in a platinum ring from MJ Christensen Diamonds.