The spring classic is served up in a matter of days. The Harrah College of Hotel Administration at UNLV and Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada are joining forces once again to stage a grand wine tasting event for the fermented grape juice aficionados and winemakers alike. The sip fest is actually celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, having become a great local hospitality-related tradition.
The best part, well maybe the second best part then, is that this is actually a money raising event, the proceeds going to the UNLV hotel college to fund scholarships. In addition, it is a three-credit class under the food & beverage program requiring students to manage and organize the sprawling event. Two birds, money and invaluable experience, with one stone isn't too bad.
The grand tasting is at Paris Las Vegas on Saturday, April 18, from 2 - 5:30 p.m. Tickets in advance are $100 each and at the door $125. Last year around 6,000 wine enthusiasts descended on the scene, emptying a cool 2,900 bottles from over 750 wineries, poured on site by 125 suppliers. That just to give everyone an idea what it is all about. How big it has grown.
The whole affair really starts already on Thursday, April 16, with something called Bubble-Licious held at the Palms Pool and Bungalows. Then the next day, Friday, April 17, there is another tongue-twister AussSome and Then Some at the District at Green Valley Ranch. Both are some sort of wine tasters that have branched out from the main deal. More info on the entire weekend package is available at UNLVino.com. Enjoy.
Couple of important notes. Must be 21 and sober to enter. And for the safety of all wine sippers, Designated Driver will be present at all those above events.