Grand Tasting

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An illustrious array of wines and cuisine at Paris Las Vegas
$100 in advance / $125 at the door
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About the Grand Tasting

Amazing Wines
UNLVino’s time-honored Grand Tasting will delight guests with an unrivaled collection of premium beverages and a fresh entertainment lineup. Delectable cuisine from UNLV’s culinary students and celebrated Vegas restaurants

The Dom Pérignon Award of Excellence
UNLVino’s events also will recognize individuals with the Dom Pérignon Award of Excellence, which goes to those who have “distinguished themselves by setting an example through their inspirational leadership, character and work ethic.”

Past Honorees include

George Maloof
Guy Fieri
Scott Sibella
Renee West
Chef Thomas Keller
Chef Daniel Boulud
Romero Britto
Larry Ruvo
Chef Masaharu Morimoto
Jerry Vallen
Tony Hsieh
Steve Martorano
Robin Leach
Jan Jones Blackhurst

Dom Pérignon Award of Excellence – Jan Jones Blackhurst
Executive Vice President – Government Relations and Corporate Responsibility
Caesars Entertainment

Photos By Denise Truscello

Jan Jones Blackhurst
Executive Vice President – Government Relations and Corporate Responsibility
Caesars Entertainment

Jan Jones Blackhurst is a long-time political and business leader who has left an indelible imprint on the lives of millions of people. She spent most of the 1990s as one of the most popular mayors in Las Vegas’ history. She then joined Caesars Entertainment, where she and her teams developed the industry’s first Responsible Gaming practices and are creating a diverse and inclusive workplace; advancing environmental stewardship; advocating for important social issues; and giving millions of dollars to individuals, families and communities in need.

Under Jan’s leadership:

  • Caesars was the first casino in the industry to roll out a Responsible Gaming program
  • Energy, water use and greenhouse gas emissions have all gone down significantly over the last 7-8 years
  • Employee diversity has increased, with 41% of management positions held by women and 57% of employees from minority groups
  • Employee engagement has never been higher, driven by a volunteer program where employees have donated 160,000 hours a year to both company and local causes.

The company also began to publicly advocate for human rights and has earned a 100% perfect score in the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index for nine consecutive years. Jan has channeled her passion for charitable causes through her role as Vice-Chair of the Caesars Foundation, which strengthens communities through philanthropic activities and corporate gifts totaling $66 million since 2013.

Prior to joining Caesars in 1999, Jan served two terms as Mayor of Las Vegas. She was the city’s first female chief executive and one of its most popular mayors, having been reelected in 1995 by a 72 percent margin. While in office, Jan presided over an unprecedented period of economic, social and cultural expansion. She spearheaded a massive growth and redevelopment effort in the city’s once-neglected downtown neighborhood. Jan was also among the first mayors in the country to advocate for LGBT rights and issues as early as 1991.

Jan serves as a director of the U. S. Chamber of Commerce and the Women’s Campaign Fund in Washington, D.C. She also is a member of the Women’s Leadership Board at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Earlier this year, Jan was honored as the 2015 PR News CSR Professional of the Year and was named by the Las Vegas Business Press as one of its “Women Who Mean Business.” In 2014, she was one of the first women to be inducted into the American Gaming Association (AGA) Gaming Hall of Fame. Jan has been honored by the American Diabetes Association and the “I Have A Dream” Foundation, and she was named Humanitarian of the Year in 1998 by the Muscular Dystrophy Association. In 2005 she was honored by the Women of Diversity in their project “100 Years of Influence – The Role of Women Shaping the First 100 Years of Las Vegas.”

Jones Blackhurst holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Stanford University and attended the University of Southern California’s School of Food Marketing Management.


Accolade Wines
Asahi Beer USA, Inc.
Azzurre Spirits
Banfi / Excelsior
BiVi Vodka
Bocelli Wines
Boisset Collection / Castoro Cellars / Wente Vineyards
Bronco Wine Company
Brooklyn Brewery
Casa Noble
Castle Rock Winery
Chopin Imports, LTD
Cline Family Cellars
Constellation Brands
Crown Imports
Crown Imports (#48)
Danone Waters of America
Daou Vineyards
Delicato Family Vineyards
Don Julio Tequila
Don Sebastiani and Sons
Dreyfus Ashby & Company
Far Niente Wine Estates
FIJI Water
Firestone Walker Brewing Company
Foley Family Wine
Folio Fine Wine Partners
Franceso Lafranconi
Francis Ford Coppola Winery
Freixenet USA
Full Sail Brewing Company
Grey Goose
HALL and WALT Wines
Heaven Hill Brands
Joseph Phelps Vineyards
JUSTIN & Landmark Vineyards
Keaton Wine
Luca Imports
MADD Virgin Drinks
Maritime Wine
Michael Przydial
MITA Beverage Co., LTD
Mother Earth Brew Co.
Nevada Wine Cellars (Pahrump)
Never Too Hungover
New Belgium Brewing Company
Newcastle / Strongbow
O’Neil Vintners
Palm Bay International
Pernod Ricard
Prestige Wine Imports
Remy Cointreau
Remy Cointreau
Riboli Family Wines
Rodney Strong Wine
Royal Wine Company
Santa Margherita USA
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
Ste Michelle Wine Estates
Terlato Wines
The Patron Spirits Company
The Wine Group
TKO Beverages
Treasury Wine Estates
Trinchero Family Estates
United States Beverage
V2 Wine Group
Wilson Creek Winery
Wine Sellers
Winebow Leonardo LoCasio Selections
Wolfgang Puck Wines

Participating Restaurants

Crazy Pita Restaurant
D.O.C.G. enoteca
DW Bistro
HEXX Kitchen + Bar
Makers & Finders Coffee
Meadow Gold Dairy
MTO Cafe
UNLV Culinary Arts

Timelapse video of last year’s Grand Tasting at Paris Las Vegas on April 16, 2016.

Beer Park, BLT Steakhouse, Buddy V’s Ristorante, Burger Brassiere, Café St. Louis, Carmine’s, Crazy Pita Rotisserie & Grill, DW Bistro, El Burro Borracho, Firefly, HEXX Kitchen & Bar, Lucille’s BBQ, Meadow Gold, Off The Strip Bistro, Pot Liquor, Robert Irvine, Scarpetta, Sekushi Japanese Restaurant, Skinny Fats, Sprinkles Cupcakes, Truffles & Bacon, Virgil’s, Yong Kang-Dim Dum

Accolade Wines, Amador/Tres Agaves Tequila, Asahi Beer USA, Banfi/Excelsior, Beam Suntory, Brooklyn Brewery, Campari/Cupcake, Casamigos, Constellation Brands, Copper Cane Wines & Provisions, Crown Imports, D&V International, DAOU Vineyards & Winery, Deep Eddy Vodka and The Cooper Spirits Company, Delicato Family Vineyards, Disaronno International, Don Sebastiani and Sons, Dreyfus Ashby: Joseph Drouhin, Drouhin Oregon, Dusted Valley; Esprit du Vin, Evaton Inc., Far Niente Wine Estates, Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery, FIJI Water, Firestone, Walker Brewing Company, Five Grapes, Francis Ford Coppola Winery, Full Sail Brewing Company, Garage Project, Havana Club, Hug International LLC, JaM Cellars, Joseph Phelps Vineyards, JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery / Landmark Vineyards, Koloa Rum Company, Livio Lauro, Mionetto USA, Moët Hennessy USA, Mother Earth Brew Co., New Belgium Brewing Company, Newcastle/Strongbow, North American Breweries, Palm Bay International, Patrón Spirits Company, Pernod Ricard, Prestige Wine Imports, Quintessential Wines, Rémy Cointreau, Riboli Family Wine Estates, Rodney Strong Wine Estates, Sidney Frank Importing Company, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Singha North America, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, Terlato Wines, Terroir Life, The Wine Care Group, The Wine Group, Toast Spirits, Treasury Wine Estates, Trinchero Family Estates, United States Beverage, Wagner Family of Wine, Wilson Creek Winery

April 01 2017


Date: April 1
Time: 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cost: $100 - $125
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Paris Las Vegas

3655 Las Vegas Blvd S. Las Vegas, NV 89109 United States
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  • 7-10 p.m.