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By Dianne R. Davis
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Photos by Dianne R. Davis or Burt Davis unless otherwise indicated.

UNLVino Second Night was Sake Night at Red Rock

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Photo by Burt Davis

UNLVino took place the three nights of April 14-16 at three different locations- The Venetian, Red Rock Resort and Casino, and Paris Las Vegas. The 42nd UNLVino was three nights of endless libations and high quality food.

UNLVino was cofounded in 1974 by the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration and Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada, and the two organizations continue to sponsor it today.


Over the past four decades, UNLVino has raised several million dollars for scholarships and other academic developmental needs of UNLV students. Students of the UNLV College of Hotel Administration are involved in all levels of event planning, execution and promotion and receive course credit for their participation. Take a Sip for Scholarship is the slogan of the event.

Bubble-Licious opened the weekend under the stars at the The Venetian Doge Palace. It featured an extensive variety of sparkling wines, champagnes, and champagne cocktails as well as small plates from many of the restaurants at The Venetian and Palazzo Hotels.

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Photo by Dianne R. Davis

Next was Sake Fever at The Red Rock Resort and Casino. This event is usually held pool side, but high winds forced it into the Red Rock convention center. The various vendors were able to handle the venue change.

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Japanese style drummers opened the festivities and entertained throughout the event
Photo by Dianne R. Davis

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Patrons were treated to samples of a wide variety of premium Sakes and some tequila sampling.
Photos by Burt Davis

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Photo by Dianne R. Davis


sake T-Bones
Photo by Burt Davis

Small plates were supplied by the numerous restaurants at Red Rock

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Photo by Dianne R. Davis

The 200 pound tuna present on the main stage by The Naked Fish Restaurant was the culinary highlight of the evening. The fish was cut up into mouth watering pieces of sashimi and presented to the eager patrons.

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Photo by Dianne R. Davis
Michael Severino, General Manager of Souther Wine and Spirits MC'd the event. He presided over the traditional breaking of the barrel of Sake.

Bryan Thomas Massie sake
The Dom Perignon award of excellence was presented to Brian Thomas Massie. Brian is corporate executive chef and partner for Clique Hospitality. He received a special gift of a Grateful Dead poster. Students looked on at the presentation.

Miss Japan Las Vegas Shelby Kanani Johnson
Miss Japan Las Vegas Shelby Kanani mixed and mingled with the crowd
Photo by Burt Davis

Even though the weather didn't cooperate, the event proceeded well and guests were able to enjoy a wide variety of sake samples as well as enjoying some fine tasty food.

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UNLV students sake
UNLvino students receive credit for participating in UNLvino 


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