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.