The Tasting Panel magazine

November 2018

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DEPARTMENT HEADER 80  /  the tasting panel  /  november 2018 80  /  the tasting panel  /  november 2018 SGWS Welcome to Sin City! What are you most looking forward to accomplishing in your new role? Thank you! I'm very excited to be joining the team at Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits as the director of its highly acclaimed Beverage Academy. I will be build- ing on the legacy of my colleague and friend Francesco Lafranconi, who was the original architect of the space. My goal is to add a detail-oriented customer service program by utilizing my knowledge of Michelin-star service standards. In addition to our comprehensive wine, beer, and spirits certification programs, I also hope to introduce the world's first cocktail barista certification. My intention is not only to make the Academy the preeminent beverage education facility in the world, but also to make our certifications fully accredited. PHOTO: MONA SHIELD PAYNE Pictured at the Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits Beverage Academy in Las Vegas, Brian Van Flandern is the new Executive Director of Mixology, Spirit Education and Special Events for Southern Glazer's of Nevada. A SEASONED EXPERT TAKES OVER THE ROLE OF SPIRITS EDUCATOR FOR SOUTHERN GLAZER'S OF NEVADA A Q&A with Brian Van Flandern

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