PHOTOS: The 45th Annual UNLVino Kicked Off with Bubble-Licious at Keep Memory Alive Event Center On April 11

 

THE 45th ANNUAL UNLVINO KICKED OFF WITH BUBBLE-LICIOUS AT KEEP MEMORY ALIVE EVENT CENTER ON APRIL 11

 

The sparkling event featured pours and bites from numerous prestigious vendors, honoree Don Ross of Caesars Entertainment, the UNLV Jazz Band, and more

 

 

 

The 45th Annual UNLVino, sponsored by Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of Nevada, kicked-off last night with Bubble-Licious at Keep Memory Alive Events Center in downtown Symphony Park. The event is the first of three exceptional evenings to benefit UNLV Harrah College of Hospitality.

 

Upon entering the event, guests of Bubble-Licious, hosted by Mercedes Martinez with Mix 94.1, walked the glamorous red carpet and were greeted with bubble girls and a human vine. Guests also enjoyed sips and pours from numerous restaurants and vendors while the award-winning UNLV Jazz band performed throughout the evening. Among the many activations throughout the event were the 1,794 bottles of Dom Pérignon adjacent to the stage to commemorate the first year of UNLVino in 1974, as well as the Dom Pérignon Award of Excellence. That award was presented to Don Ross, vice president of catering, conventions and events at Caesars Entertainment, by Larry Ruvo and Michael Severino, both of Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, Stowe Shoemaker, dean of UNLV Harrah College of Hospitality, and Carly Scheinman-Fitzsimmons, a student of the UNLV Harrah College of Hospitality, who also presented Ross with a signed chef’s coat from all the students of the UNLVino class. As a bonus surprise, Jason Giambi, a retired five time All-Star professional baseball player and former New York Yankee, presented Ross, a massive Yankees fan, with a framed drawing of Ross in a Yankees jersey.

 

UNLVino continues tonight with Sake Fever at Red Rock Resort Casino & Spa’s pool from 7 to 10 p.m. The event honors Hae Uen Lee of Lee’s Discount Liquors and features a wide variety of sakes, Japanese spirits and cocktails, as well as many Asian-inspired restaurants.

 

On Saturday, April 12, UNLVino concludes with the Grand Tasting at The Mirage Events Center from 7 to 10 p.m. This final event honors Nicole Brisson of Eataly Las Vegas and will feature premium selection of wine, spirits, craft beer and other beverages and over 20 award-winning restaurants, as well as exceptional entertainment, including a special one-of-a-kind performance by Legends In Concert.

 

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.unlvino.com.

 

Photo Credit: Jeff Ragazzo / J3 Creative

About UNLVino

From its humble beginnings in the Southern Wine & Spirits warehouse, the annual UNLVino has grown into Las Vegas premier wine, spirits and food event, and serves as the year’s largest scholarship fundraiser for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas’ (UNLV) William F. Harrah College of Hospitality students. Founded in 1974 by Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits Senior Managing Director Larry Ruvo and former College of Hospitality dean Jerry Vallen, UNLVino began as a small wine tasting, with proceeds going to UNLV’s hotel college fund. As UNLVino’s popularity grew, so too did its hosting venues, moving from the warehouse into UNLV’s Thomas and Mack Center, and eventually expanding to numerous Las Vegas resorts as fans and community sponsors took notice. Entering its 45th year, UNLVino has raised millions of dollars in scholarships and has become one of the city’s must-attend events of the year.

 

About Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of Nevada

Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of Nevada is the state’s leading beverage distribution company. Founded in 1968 as Southern Wine & Spirits and headquartered in Miami, Florida, the organization later expanded to Nevada, where it operated in Las Vegas and Reno – strategic positions that allows the distributor to meet customer demand statewide. In 2016, Southern Wine & Spirits completed its merger with Glazer’s, becoming North America’s largest wine and spirits distributor and the preeminent data insights company for alcoholic beverages.

 

About UNLV’s William F. Harrah College of Hospitality

The UNLV Harrah College of Hospitality is consistently ranked as one of the top hospitality programs in the world. Studying just blocks away from the epicenter of the hospitality industry – the Las Vegas Strip, UNLV hospitality students enjoy unparalleled opportunities to gain hands-on, industry-relevant experience. Each year the college organizes nearly 600 internships, welcomes more than 100 national hospitality brands to recruitment events, and pairs and average of 175 industry mentors with students. And the recent completion of the college’s new state-of-the-art academic building Hospitality Hall, students are helping the college usher in a new era of excellence in hospitality education.

UNLVino Offering Ticket Special for Grand Tasting Now Through March 3

 

To celebrate the first year of UNLVino in 1974, UNLVino is offering special ticket to the Grand Tasting on April 13. Now through March 3, visit www.unlvino.com to purchase tickets to the Grand Tasting and enter code Retro74 for $74 tickets!

 

ABOUT UNLVINO:

Benefitting the students of UNLV’s Harrah College of Hospitality and in partnership with Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of Nevada, this highly anticipated event returns for three incredible nights with Bubble-Licious on Thursday, April 11 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Keep Memory Alive Events Center in downtown Las Vegas’ Symphony Park, Sake Fever at Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa’s pool on Friday, April 12 from 7 to 10 p.m., and the Grand Tasting at The Mirage Event Center on Saturday, April 13 from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets will go on sale on Thursday, Feb. 14.

From its humble beginnings in the Southern Wine & Spirits warehouse, the annual UNLVino has grown into Las Vegas premier wine, spirits and food event, and serves as the year’s largest scholarship fundraiser for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas’ (UNLV) William F. Harrah College of Hospitality students. Founded in 1974 by Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits Senior Managing Director Larry Ruvo and former College of Hospitality dean Jerry Vallen, UNLVino began as a small wine tasting, with proceeds going to UNLV’s hotel college fund. As UNLVino’s popularity grew, so too did its hosting venues, moving from the warehouse into UNLV’s Thomas and Mack Center, and eventually expanding to numerous Las Vegas resorts as fans and community sponsors took notice. Entering its 45th year, UNLVino has raised millions of dollars in scholarships and has become one of the city’s must-attend events of the year.

UNLVino Celebrates Its 45th Year April 11-13 for Three Nights

UNLVino CELEBRATES ITS 45TH YEAR
APRIL 11-13 FOR THREE NIGHTS

 

Indulge in wine, spirits, beer and delectable food at Bubble-Licious, Sake Fever and the Grand Tasting while raising funds for the hospitality program at UNLV

Las Vegas is sipping red…and white as UNLVino, proudly sponsored by Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of Nevada since the event’s inception, returns for its 45th year as Las Vegas’ longest running wine and food festival. Benefitting the students of UNLV’s Harrah College of Hospitality, this highly anticipated event returns for three incredible nights with Bubble-Licious on Thursday, April 11 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Keep Memory Alive Events Center in downtown Las Vegas’ Symphony Park, Sake Fever at Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa’s pool on Friday, April 12 from 7 to 10 p.m., and the Grand Tasting at The Mirage Event Center on Saturday, April 13 from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets will go on sale on Thursday, Feb. 14.

 

This year, each evening will feature more restaurants and beverage brands through Southern Glazer’s than ever before. Guests attending Bubble-Licious will delight in unique champagne and sparkling wine selections while reveling in bites from a variety of Las Vegas restaurants. Tickets for this evening are $125* in advance and $150 *at the door. Sake Fever, featuring a wide variety of sakes, Japanese spirits and cocktails, as well as Asian-inspired restaurants, has also become known for its annual carving of a 300-lb. fresh tuna, provided by Naked Fish’s Sushi & Grill. It has become a culinary spectacle in the city that cannot be missed. Tickets for Sake Fever are $75* in advance and $100* at the door on the evening of the event.

 

The three-night fundraiser will wrap with UNLVino’s signature event – the Grand Tasting – where wine and food enthusiasts will indulge in a premium selection of wine, spirits, craft beer and other beverages as well as exceptional entertainment. Guests will also enjoy cuisine prepared by the Hospitality College students in addition to an extensive group of prestigious restaurants and chefs throughout Las Vegas. Tickets for the Grand Tasting are $125* in advance and $150* at the door.

 

A complete list of participating wineries, chefs and restaurants will soon be unveiled on www.unlvino.com. Attendees can save $25 when they purchase tickets in advance online. Tickets to go on sale on Thursday, Feb. 14 and can be purchased on www.unlvtickets.com.

*plus taxes and applicable fees.

 

About UNLVino

From its humble beginnings in the Southern Wine & Spirits warehouse, the annual UNLVino has grown into Las Vegas premier wine, spirits and food event, and serves as the year’s largest scholarship fundraiser for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas’ (UNLV) William F. Harrah College of Hospitality students. Founded in 1974 by Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits Senior Managing Director Larry Ruvo and former College of Hospitality dean Jerry Vallen, UNLVino began as a small wine tasting, with proceeds going to UNLV’s hotel college fund. As UNLVino’s popularity grew, so too did its hosting venues, moving from the warehouse into UNLV’s Thomas and Mack Center, and eventually expanding to numerous Las Vegas resorts as fans and community sponsors took notice. Entering its 45th year, UNLVino has raised millions of dollars in scholarships and has become one of the city’s must-attend events of the year.

 

About Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of Nevada

Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of Nevada is the state’s leading beverage distribution company. Founded in 1968 as Southern Wine & Spirits and headquartered in Miami, Florida, the organization later expanded to Nevada, where it operated in Las Vegas and Reno – strategic positions that allows the distributor to meet customer demand statewide. In 2016, Southern Wine & Spirits completed its merger with Glazer’s, becoming North America’s largest wine and spirits distributor and the preeminent data insights company for alcoholic beverages.

 

About UNLV’s William F. Harrah College of Hospitality

The UNLV Harrah College of Hospitality is consistently ranked as one of the top hospitality programs in the world. Studying just blocks away from the epicenter of the hospitality industry – the Las Vegas Strip, UNLV hospitality students enjoy unparalleled opportunities to gain hands-on, industry-relevant experience. Each year the college organizes nearly 600 internships, welcomes more than 100 national hospitality brands to recruitment events, and pairs and average of 175 industry mentors with students. And the recent completion of the college’s new state-of-the-art academic building Hospitality Hall, students are helping the college usher in a new era of excellence in hospitality education.

 

Tickets on sale this Thursday, Feb. 14 at www.unlvino.com

Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of Nevada Announces Brian Van Flandern as Executive Director of Mixology, Spirit Education and Special Events

SOUTHERN GLAZER’S WINE & SPIRITS OF NEVADA ANNOUNCES BRIAN VAN FLANDERN AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF MIXOLOGY, SPIRIT EDUCATION AND SPECIAL EVENTS

 

“America’s Top Mixologist” and award-winning author joins the leading beverage distribution company with over 25 years of expertise

Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of Nevada announced today Brian Van Flandern as the new Executive Director of Mixology, Spirit Education and Special Events. The award-winning author and mixologist brings the leading beverage distribution company over 25 years of expertise in mixology and spirits.

 

Prior to joining Southern Glazer’s, Van Flandern was the president and founder of his own mixology consulting firm, Creative Cocktail Consultants, where he focused on spirits education, innovating cutting-edge cocktail lists and training professional bartenders in the art of mixology, comprehensive spirits education and Michelin three-star hospitality dining and beverage standards. He also designed and implemented successful cocktail programs for luxury properties and prestigious clientele, such as famous chefs Thomas Keller, Geoffrey Zakarian and more.

 

“Brian Van Flandern’s reputation proceeds him and we are humbled to have him as our newest addition,” said Ian Staller, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of Nevada. “His thorough knowledge of the industry will truly allow our company to continue to grow our beverage education programs and inspire the next leading mixologists in Las Vegas.”

 

Throughout his extensive career, Van Flandern has been awarded numerous honors, including “America’s Top Mixologist” by The Food Network, “One of the Top Ten Hotel Bartenders in the World” by Travel + Leisure Magazine and “Top Ten Cocktail Books of the Year” at Tales of the Cocktail for his second book “Craft Cocktails.” Among these distinguished accomplishments, he was also appointed by Diageo, the world’s largest producer of spirits, as their first-ever Global Brand Ambassador and is a certified Spirits Professional by the United States Bartending Guild, of which he is a founding board member for their New York Chapter, which is now the largest chapter in the country.

 

No stranger to the spotlight, Van Flandern has been featured on Spike TV’s “Bar Rescue,” The Food Network’s “The Barefoot Contessa,” CBS’s “The Early Show” and  The Cooking Channel’s “Foodography,” as well as “The Wall Street Journal Live” and “Market Maker” on Bloomberg Channel. He has also been included in The Wall Street Journal and Food Arts Magazine for his innovative and unique cocktail recipes. Van Flandern has written over four award-winning books with his fifth book, Whiskey Cocktails, set to be released Fall 2018. In addition to his books, his libation recipes can be found in fine restaurants, resorts and cruise lines in over forty countries worldwide.

 

As part of his responsibilities in his new role, Van Flandern will oversee Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits Academy, where industry professionals are invited to learn from master mixologists, spirits experts, master sommeliers and cicerones. The program focuses on elevating the local beverage program while inspiring and educating bartenders and mixologists across the valley.

 

About Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of Nevada

Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of Nevada is the state’s leading beverage distribution company. Founded in 1968 as Southern Wine & Spirits and headquartered in Miami, Florida, the organization later expanded to Nevada, where it later expanded to Nevada, where it operates in Las Vegas and Reno – strategic positioning that allows the distributor to meet customer demand statewide. In 2016, Southern Wine & Spirits completed its merger with Glazer’s, becoming North America’s largest wine and spirits distributor.

 

For more information, visit www.southernglazers.com/location/nevada.

 

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