45th Annual UNLVino Set For April 11-13, 2019

Hospitality students pose for a group photo at the 43rd annual UNLVino Grand Tasting event on April 1, 2017.
Mar. 1, 2019


The 45th annual UNLVino, proudly sponsored by Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of Nevada to raise money for student scholarships at UNLV Harrah College of Hospitality, today announced its three honorees for the Dom Pérignon Award of Excellence for the upcoming wine and food festival being held April 11-13.

Bubble-Licious, which will be hosted on April 11 at Keep Memory Alive Event Center in downtown Las Vegas’ Symphony Park, will honor Don Ross of Caesars Entertainment; Sake Fever, at Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa’s pool on April 12, will honor Hae Un Lee of Lee’s Liquors; and the Grand Tasting, taking place at The Mirage Event Center on April 13, will honor Chef Nicole Brisson of Eataly Las Vegas at Park MGM.

At this year’s Bubble-Licious, UNLVino is proud to honor Don Ross, vice president of catering, conventions and events for Caesars Entertainment. This prestigious honor is given to outstanding individuals that are influential in both the community and the industry. With over 40 years of experience in hotel, resort and casino management, Ross is a long-time supporter of UNLVino and has been instrumental in properties both inside and outside of Las Vegas. In his current role, Ross oversees the catering, conference services, banquets and meeting services teams for ten Caesars Entertainment properties.

A successful entrepreneur and community supporter, Hae Un Lee has made himself a household name in Las Vegas with 23 Lee’s Discount Liquors locations across the valley. Among his various initiatives within the community, Mr. Lee has started his own nonprofit – Lee’s Helping Hand – which has assisted other community nonprofits including the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, Opportunity Village, Blind Center of Nevada, Spread the Word Nevada, New Vista Community and more. UNLVino is proud to honor Mr. Lee at this year’s Sake Fever not only for his impact on southern Nevadans, but also on the industry in its entirety.

As the youngest female to become a chef at a reputable Las Vegas restaurant on the Strip and the first female to become executive chef of an Eataly in America, Chef Nicole Brisson has lived and worked in Las Vegas for more than 15 years. Featured on several TV shows, including “Chopped,” “Late Night Chef Fight,” “Action Bronson Munchies” and “Beat Bobby Flay,” Brisson recently became the first chef appointed to the board of directors of the Southern Nevada Health District and has recently served on the board of Urban Seed Las Vegas. As a prominent chef within the community, UNLVino is proud to honor Chef Nicole Brisson at this year’s Grand Tasting.

UNLVino raises money for the UNLV College of Hospitality and initially began in 1974 by Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits and UNLV. Since its inception, UNLVino has honored numerous industry leaders in the Las Vegas community. Tickets for all three events are on sale now and available at unlvino.com.