Tuesday, April 13, 2010

UNLVino's Bubble-Licious bubbles over at the Garden of the Gods Oasis at Casears Palace in Las Vegas

Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada celebrated the 36th Annual UNLVino® in partnership with the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration. This Las Vegas tradition is a great opportunity for wine enthusiasts and winemakers to meet and enjoy the latest releases, the best vintages, and the finest varietals in support of scholarship.

UNLVino was created by Larry Ruvo, Senior Managing Director of Southern Wine and Spirits of Nevada and Jerry Vallen, founding Dean of the Hotel College in 1974. To date, UNLVino® has raised millions, making this one of the largest endowments for scholarship and student activities at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and possibly the most unique educational fund raiser in the world.

Chef François Payard
Received the Dom Perignon Award of Excellence at
Bubble-Licious at the Garden of the Gods Pool

rançois Payard became a award winning pastry chef by playfully reinventing the concept of dessert. It is not a stretch to say that he has chocolate running through his veins—the third generation pâtissier grew up in his grandfather’s renowned pastry shop on the French Riveria before working with the likes of Jacques Torres, Daniel Boulud and Sirio Maccione. Payard’s talent has garnered recognition from The James Beard Foundation, Bon Appétit, the International Pastry Competition Committee-Beaver Creek and the French Government. In 1997 he opened Payard Pâtisserie and Bistro in Manhattan’s Upper East Side and delighted diners with his signature treats as well as modern French dishes. The restaurant received Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence for its exceptional wine list.

Each year guests and Honorees alike are treated with a 21 cork
Dom Perigon salute and then enjoy a sip or more of the very famous and delicious Champagne.

It really does not get any better than strolling around the classy Garden of the Gods Oasis pool as the sun was setting enjoying some very big names in Champagne.

Speaking about Champagne , VINO LAS VEGAS found a very special diamond amongst all of these Champagne Treasures. Vintage Sparking wines and Champagnes are always great to try. The 2003 Domaine Ste Michelle LUXE 2003 was a nice treat.

In addition to Champagnes , Sparkling wines and great cocktails , guests enjoyed delicious treats from Chef François Payard and his amazing staff of culinary Artists
These very decadent treats paired Champagne really got the evening started and kept the guests happy for hours.

Bubble-Licious attracts , politicians , students , tourists , locals and even a few celebrities have been known to stop in on this great event. Each year UNLVino's Bubble-Licious gets better and better. We cant wait to see what the 37th Annual event has waiting for us next year.

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