For the second post in our UNLVino blog series, Charra Montenegro, a UNLV student and one of our fabulous interns, gives a special preview of the awesome auction prizes you can bid on at the 39th UNLVino. The big event arrives this week, April 18 – 21, and it’s looking to be the most impressive to date! Get your tickets at

Can you believe UNLVino is this weekend? The main purpose of this time-honored tradition is to continue Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada’s mission to raise millions of scholarship dollars for students in UNLV’s William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration. But how do the students raise this money at UNLVino, you might ask?  One way is through event ticket sales, and the other is by soliciting donations to be auctioned off at the four incredible UNLVino tasting events.

UNLVino has always offered impressive items to be auctioned off; however, I think the items we are offering this year are by far the best!  As guests sample tantalizing cuisine and sip exquisite beverages, they will have a chance to participate in a silent auction. For instance, attendees can bid on a romantic “Vegas Nights” helicopter flight for two, donated by Maverick Aviation Group. If they are a foodie, they may want to place a bid for dinner at Gordon Ramsey’s BurGR, Fleming’s Steakhouse, Carrabba’s, Kona Grill, Rounders Bar and Grill, and Due Forni, amongst others.

If guests are looking for a weekend getaway or a staycation, then they will love this year’s live auction!  The UNLVino donations team has put together an incredible MGM Grand package that consists of a two-night stay in a Grand Suite at the MGM Grand, two tickets to KA by Cirque du Soleil, and a $200.00 gift certificate for dinner at an MGM Grand restaurant of their choice. (Fun fact: BAR-b-q’s Dom Perignon Award of Excellence honoree, Scott Sibella, is the COO and President of MGM Grand!) Bubble-Licious’ host property, Venetian/Palazzo, is donating a hotel stay and dinner for two at Wolfgang Puck’s celebrated restaurant, Cut.

These are just a few of the many auction items available at the 39th annual UNLVino. Whether you are prepared to spend a little or a lot, UNLVino will offer something that piques your interest. We invite you to “Fall in Love Again” and join us by raising a glass of an old favorite or a newly found love, and enjoy the simple pleasures of life! Get ready to take a sip for scholarship, Las Vegas!

-Charra Montenegro (UNLV Student Intern)