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42nd Annual UNLVino Grand Tasting

Sam Morris / Las Vegas News Bureau

Larry Ruvo helps introduce Jan Jones Blackhurst as the 2016 Dom Perignon Award of Excellence honoree during the 42nd annual UNLVino Grand Tasting on Saturday, April 16, 2016, at Paris Las Vegas.

2016 UNLVino Bubble-Licious

Dom Perignon Award of Excellence honoree Robert Goldstein at 2016 UNLVino Bubble-Licious on Thursday, April 14, 2016, at the Venetian. Launch slideshow »
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Dom Perignon Award of Excellence honoree Robert Goldstein at 2016 UNLVino Bubble-Licious on Thursday, April 14, 2016, at the Venetian.

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2016 UNLVino Bubble-Licious on Thursday, April 14, 2016, at the Venetian.

42nd UNLVino Grand Tasting

Wine glasses are handed out to attendees during the 42nd annual UNLVino Grand Tasting event at Paris Las Vegas Saturday, April 16, 2016. Launch slideshow »

It has to go down in Las Vegas culinary books as one of the most unique weekends of feasting. It was Las Vegas doing what we do best: Eating, drinking and partying!

UNLV presented its 42nd Annual Sip for a Scholarship with three nights of UNLVino events celebrating champagne, sake and wine — and with Dom Perignon Awards of Excellence each evening presented to Las Vegas VIPs.

• As far as the eye could see, it was “nothing but white” for the 1,100 guests at Le Diner en Blanc/The Dinner in White in The Park alongside Toshiba Plaza and T-Mobile Arena.

• In a scene right out of “Eyes Wide Shut” starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, 40 guests sat blindfolded for dinner at Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace as a taste-trial run for Dine in the Dark at Vegas Uncork’d.

We start today wrapping up UNLVino and with Vegas Uncork’d news:


Less than two weeks remain now until Bon Appetit kicks off the 10th anniversary Vegas Uncork’d on April 28. Limited tickets remain, as many of the fabulous dinners are sold out with waiting lists.

At Caesars, tickets remain for the Master’s Dinner with Mr. Chow at Michael Chow’s renowned same-name restaurant. He promises the rolling champagne trolley and amazing noodle show.

Our adorable Too Hot Tamales Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger are hosting a cooking class, followed by a next-day Tequila Tasting Dinner, at their Border Grill in Mandalay Bay.

Tickets also are available for the one-of-a-kind dinner on the Strip by mega-star chefs Emeril Lagasse and Daniel Boulud at the Venetian.

Daniel also will host a vegetarian lunch April 29 at his DB Brasserie; “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro will host Brunch & Bubbles at his Buddy V’s Ristorante; and there’s a night of Southern hospitality at Yardbird — all in the Venetian.

Off the Strip, Michael Mina takes guests on a tour of the classic steakhouse Golden Steer on Sahara, and the ultimate outdoor grill takes place with chefs at Container Park downtown, with Yardbird launching its new-concept Spring Chicken.


Unlimited amounts of champagne were poured at “Bubble-Licious” for the first of three nights of Sip for a Scholarship. Las Vegas Sands President Robert Goldstein, who overseas the Venetian and Palazzo, was honored with the Dom Perignon Award of Excellence after 21 magnums of champagne were fired off with a cork-sabering salute.

At the second UNLVino night, “Sake Fever,” uber-chef Brian Massie (Hearthstone, Salute, Libre, Bottiglia, Borracha) was presented with the Dom Perignon Award of Excellence.

And the third and final UNLVino night was the Grand Tasting with more than 1,000 wines poured at Paris Las Vegas. Former Mayor Jan Jones Blackhurst was honored with the Dom Perignon Award of Excellence.

The fundraisers provide scholarships and supplies for students attending UNLV’s hospitality college. Our hospitality industry is a leader in the U.S., and we have to keep our hotels filled with the brightest and best talent to ensure our reputation of being the No.1 city for fun, food and wine!

Please check back Tuesday for our reports and photo galleries from Dine in the Dark and Le Diner en Blanc.

Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” fame has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past 15 years giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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