Thirty-Five years ago Larry Ruvo, Managing
Director of Southern Wine and Spirits Nevada and Dr Jerry Vallen, founding dean of the William
F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration came up the idea of UNLVino to raise money for the new college.
The UNLVino Grand Tasting , over the last 35years has grown into the one of the largest single-day winetastings in the United States and is one of the most unique college fund raising events anywhere. UNLVino is now a three day celebration of wine that culminates in the Grand Tasting on the last day.
UNLVino , Day one opens with Bubble-Licious , a party with Champagne and Sparking Wines at the Palms Resort. Guests stroll and enjoy hors d oeuvres as they sip Champagnes and Sparking wines from around the world and witness a 21 Cork Salute this year to honor two UNLV Alumni , George Maloof owner of the Palms Resort and Chef Guy Fieri from the Food Network.
On day Two of UNLVino guests go "DownUnder" at the District and enjoy wines with a laid back atmosphere. Every year many top wine makers from south of the equator bring their best for
this very special evening featuring wines from Australia, New Zealand , South America and South Africa.
The last day is the biggest. Over 145 suppliers pour over 1100 wines at the Grand Tasting. Over 750 UNLV students volunteer to help pour wines and prepare and serve food at this one day event that has grown into one of the largest in the United States. This is a great experience for the students as they manage this event that can bring more than 4000 people that want to eat and enjoy the wines.
Each year UNLVino gets better and continues to make a name for itself on the International Scene as guests and students support the college.
Join VINO LAS VEGAS as we spend three days at the UNLVino events and speak to some very special guests