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Sip for scholarship at UNLVino

Let your lips indulge in some of the world's best bubbly, sake and wine at the 37th annual UNLVino Wine Festival, scheduled Thursday through Saturday at locations on the Strip.

All profits from the three-day tasting event go to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas' William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration scholarship fund.


The first night of tasting, Bubble- Licious, is scheduled from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday at Crystals at CityCenter, 3720 Las Vegas Blvd. South.

Champagne, sparkling wine and champagne cocktails will be offered, along with dinner and entertainment.

Tickets are $75 in advance and $100 at the door.

Sake Fever

The second tasting event, Sake Fever, is scheduled from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday at The Mirage pool, 3400 Las Vegas Blvd. South, where more than 100 premium sakes will be presented by Japanese Brew Masters. Asian fare also will be served.

Tickets are $50 in advance or $75 at the door.

The Grand Tasting

The Grand Tasting is scheduled from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Paris Las Vegas, 3655 Las Vegas Blvd. South, and will feature hundreds of wines, craft beers and cocktails.

Cheese trays will be offered for $5 to accompany the wine tasting.

If your palette doesn't agree with a new partner, water and spit buckets will be provided.

Tickets are $75 in advance and $100 at the door.

Each night also will feature a silent auction and raffle prizes, and a live auction is scheduled for the Grand Tasting.

Auction items will include a dinner for 10 at Mastro's Ocean Club with one of the "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," trips to California's Napa Valley and wine, champagne and sake prizes.

The Dom Perignon Award of Excellence will be presented to a hospitality figure each night, including celebrity chef Todd English, The Mirage President Felix Rappaport and TV producer Robin Leach, best known for hosting "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous."

All of these "champagne wishes and caviar dreams " wouldn't be possible without the help of about 20 students who work in culinary, marketing and event management groups to prepare the fundraiser.

The culinary group solicits food donations and is responsible for the preparation and service of food during the tastings.

The marketing group spreads the word around town and maintains the event's website,

The event management group recruits about 250 students from UNLV, the College of Southern Nevada and Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Las Vegas to volunteer at the event.

Students interviewed with event director Mohsen Azizsoltani and chef Jean Hertzman to work on the project.

Erik Wood is an intern and a teaching assistant for this year's program and was an event manager for last year's marketing team.

He returned because he felt there were things he could do to make this year's event even better, he said.

Last year's Grand Tasting was in the afternoon, and he hopes this year's evening event will allow even more people to attend and that this year's larger, luxurious venues will cater to more high-end clientele, Wood said.

All food, beverages, auction items and banquet spaces are donated to UNLVino. Southern Wine and Spirits of Nevada is the event's biggest sponsor.

Tickets are available by calling 739-3267 or by visiting

For more information, visit

Contact View education reporter Jeff Mosier at or 224-5524.