Tickets for the Las Vegas-based event go on sale December 1st HERE. Events will include educational and tasting sessions, spirited soirée dinners, and fireside chats. The event concludes with the Pink Tie Gala benefiting the Helen David Relief Fund

Las Vegas, Nevada (November 30, 2021) – The inaugural TAG Global Spirits Awards today announces a diverse lineup of consumer enthusiast ticketed events that will take place during the upcoming four-day event in February 2022 in beautiful Las Vegas, Nevada. Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, December 1.  Consumer ticket prices range from $55 to $175 and can be purchased a la carte HERE (https://bit.ly/3cMBZbn). These events are part of the overall TAG Global Spirits Awards, which will take place February 23 – 26, 2022, at Delano Las Vegas. Created by world renowned mixologist, Tony Abou-Ganim, U.S. industry veteran, David Grapshi, and American ambassador of Mexico’s National Chamber for the Tequila Industry, Julio Bermejo, the inaugural global spirits competition will also allow guests to participate in a socially informative setting over world class food and cocktails.

These sponsor-driven events will bring-to-life a variety of spirits and food pairings at the welcome kick-off, educational & tasting sessions, spirited soiree’s/dinners, fireside chats with industry experts and culminating with the Pink Tie Gala raising funds and awareness for the Helen David Relief Fund.

“We are excited to be a partner with the TAG Global Spirits Awards for several of the consumer events as well as being able to enter our submissions into the actual competition.   From vodka and tequila to whiskey and niche spirits, this esteemed judging panel has some of the most respected palates in the country and world,” said Chuck Kane, COO of Chopin Imports.


Thursday, February 24th

Traveling Italy, Drinking:  Hosted by Livio Lauro
1:00 – 3:00 pm, Sage Boardroom, Delano Las Vegas
Join Livio Lauro, the host of “Master Your Glass” YouTube Channel and special guests on a trip from North to South Italy through 6 regions to discover some of the boot-shaped country’s most distinctive beverages. Sip your welcome cocktail while we warm up! Then we will make 2 Italian cocktails together that are so easy to make they are just a “bar spoon away” and then sip some more while we explore! Italy has a rich history of producing amazing wines, spirits, and liqueurs that have been enhancing people’s lives for centuries. Italian producers are fanatical about selecting the finest ingredients and crafting delicious beverages, all with the purpose of creating joyous and passionate moments. This holds true whether it is a century old elixir or a new product still in its cradle.  The “Bel Paese” (beautiful country) has such a clever ability to keep things simple and refined at the same time; its exciting selection of distinctive spirits, and liqueurs are designed to intensify your food, your day and your life.
Tickets:  $55 (Includes a bar spoon takeaway)

Women & Whiskey
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm, Sage Boardroom, Delano Las Vegas
Join an experienced panel consisting of TAG Global Spirit Awards celebrated judges including Lynn House, Lauren Mote, Julie Reiner, Charlotte Voisey and Bridget Albert as they lead guests through a spirited tasting of exquisite whiskies across their categories that will provide a world tour for the palate.  This distinguished panel will demonstrate how to taste like an expert and what makes each whiskey special. Guests of this seminar will learn how to differentiate between a bourbon, Irish Whiskey, Single Malt, Blends, Tennessee Whiskey, Japanese and more!
Tickets:  $55


TAG Global Spirit Awards Welcome Kick-off
7:30 pm – 10:00 pm – Libertine Social, Mandalay Bay
Come out and enjoy the official kick-off event for the inaugural TAG Global Spirits Awards at Libertine Social, where consumer enthusiasts will have an opportunity to mix and mingle with the competition’s all-star judging panel, volunteers from the United States Bartenders’ Guild (USBG), and industry movers and shakers. Signature libations will be highlighted along with the culinary delights from the Executive Chef of Libertine Social.   Sponsor stations include Chopin Vodka, Campari, Edrington (Highland Park), Q Mixers and more.
Tickets:  $125  (Includes food & beverage)


Fireside Chat with Brown Forman
10:30 pm – Midnight, The Franklin, Delano Hotel
Join Brown Forman, for an intimate fireside discussion and tasting at The Franklin,  inside the  Delano Hotel for a nightcap. Hosted by Jack Daniel’s US Brand Ambassador, Eric “ET” Tecosky, guests will slowly sip and savor from the portfolio of Brown-Forman, one of the largest American-owned spirits and wine companies and among the top 10 largest global spirits companies, while enjoying an informal discussion.
Tickets:  $60 (Includes tasting)

Friday, February 25th

Master Your Cocktail Skills; Host Livio Lauro
1:00 – 3:00 pm, Sage Boardroom, Delano Las Vegas
Ever snap a pic of a cocktail served to you that was almost too beautiful to drink? Today, our culture is so intertwined with the ideals of sophistication and goals of striving for happiness and of course… sharing all about it on social media! During this dynamic and interactive seminar, you will make socially worthy cocktails of your own!  Livio Lauro, host of “Master Your Glass” YouTube Channel will teach you all of the tricks and how to make your favorite drinks better and more authentically and of course – social ready!

Easy techniques like building and stirring and more advanced techniques like beautiful garnishing & cocktail-making can truly enhance your next party & social feed BUT, most importantly, your life.  In this very hands-on session, you will have the opportunity to brag and share your experience on social media with your very own signature cocktail!
Tickets:  $70 (Includes takeaway cocktail kit)

Taste of the Caribbean;  A Journey of Rum
5:00 – 6:30 pm, Sage Boardroom, Delano Las Vegas
Guests are invited to immerse themselves in the culture of the Caribbean through an informative grand tasting of some of the best rums in the world. Led by Master Sommelier Doug Frost along with an esteemed panel of spirits connoisseurs, this tasting will definitely share the love of Rum and the history and culture.
Tickets:  $55


Spirited Soirees/Dinners
7:30 – 10:00 pm
The TAG Global Spirits Awards present four very special Spirited Soirees/Dinners where guests may indulge and imbibe in the innovative culinary offerings found at renowned restaurants located inside Mandalay Bay paired with our spirited hosts for the evening.

  • Tequila, Tequila and Tequila hosted by Egor Polonskiy (brand-mixologist, Patrón Tequila) and Julio Bermejo (ambassador of Tequila in North America)
    • Border Grill
    • ($175/per person)
  • Handcrafted in America hosted by Tito’s Handcrafted Vodka and Tony Abou-Ganim
    • Libertine Social
    • ($150/per person)
  • Everything Italian hosted by Campari Group and Francesco Lafranconi
    • Lupo by Wolfgang Puck
    • ($150/per person)
  • Bourbon & Bites featuring a selection of fine bourbon hosted by David Grapshi
    • Stripsteak
    • ($195/per person)


Fireside Chat with Campari Group
10:30 pm – Midnight, The Franklin, Delano Hotel
Join Campari Group for an intimate fireside discussion and tasting at The Franklin,  inside the  Delano Hotel for a nightcap.  Guests will enjoy a nightcap along with storytelling and conversation with industry icons from the Campari Group.
Tickets:  $60

Saturday, February 26th


Pink Tie Gala – “Think Pink”
6:30-7:30 – VIP Pre-Party
7:30 pm – 10:00 pm, Skyfall Lounge, Delano Las Vegas
The four-day TAG global spirits competition will culminate with a Pink Tie Gala on Saturday, February 26th from 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Guests will enjoy music, culinary delights and signature libations from supporting supplier hosts, amidst a celebratory evening featuring the announcement of the Grand Finale Competition Results.
VIP Tickets: $175 (early entry)
Tickets: $125

*Proceeds from the Pink Tie Gala will benefit the Helen David Relief Fund (HDRF), which honors the memory of Tony Abou-Ganim’s cousin, Helen, a beloved bar owner and community leader in Port Huron, Michigan, who beat breast cancer twice in her lifetime.

For additional information on all TAG Global Spirits Awards news, visit www.tagspiritsawards.com and follow along on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn @TAGSpiritsAwards.   



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