By Regina Arnold

The 38th annual UNLVino is back and bigger than ever

Featuring an array of international beverages and world-class food, the wine festival begins April 18 and has been expanded to a remarkable four days.

Sushi Master at 2012 Sake FeverThe wine-lovers passport package is now available, which grants guests participation in all four days of UNLVino for $350. Tickets can also be purchased for individual days of the event. Tickets can be purchased at unlvtickets.com.

The festivities begin on Thursday, April 18 from 7-10 p.m. with “Bubble-Licious” at the Venetian. Take in the beauty of the Las Vegas strip and admire the stars at Doge’s Palace while sipping excellent Champagnes, sparkling wines and exotic Champagne cocktails. Delicious fare will be served from some of The Venetian’s well-known restaurants. Tickets are $125 in advance and $150 at the door.

For a night of authentically prepared Asian beverages and cuisine take part in “, Fever” at the Mirage on Friday, April 19 from 7-10 p.m. Fresh dishes created by Sushi Masters as well as an extensive selection of imported and domestically brewed sakes and beers will be served to guests in the tropical oasis of the Mirage’s resort pool. Tickets are $100 in advance; $125 at the door.

UNLVino’s main event and a Las Vegas tradition will take place in the Paris’ Champagne Ballroom on Saturday, April 20 from 7-10 p.m. “Grand Tasting at Paris Las Vegas will feature an incredible collection of international wines, specialty beers and craft cocktails. UNLV’s talented culinary students will serve food that complements the drinks nicely as well as some of Las Vegas’ favorite restaurants. Attendees will also enjoy live entertainment and the musical stylings of a special guest DJ. Tickets are $100 in advance $125 at the door.

SWS of NV Chefs and UNLV Students at Sake Fever 2012Completing this four day event is “Bar-b-q” at Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health on Sunday April 21 from 11am- 2pm. UNLVino debuts a mixology-focused BAR-b-q highlighting cuisine from renowned celebrity chefs Charlie Palmer, Scott Conant and Gustav Mauler. This luxurious tasting event will be elevated with craft-cocktail creations by Master Mixologist Francesco Lafranconi. Tickets are $100 in advance; $125 at the door.

UNLVino’s wine festival has raised millions of dollars for the scholarship program, which has aided UNLV students who have pursued careers in the hospitality industry around the world. The event also gives UNLV students hands on experience with event planning, execution and promotion.

UNLV Cheerleaders at 2012 Sake FeverFor more information visit UNLVino.com or call 1.877.413.VINO tickets are available at UNLVTickets.com

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