The Tasting Panel magazine

February 2014

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8 / the tasting panel / february 2014 contents | February 2014 Vol. 72 No. 2 TASTING PANEL THE TWO COVER STORIES!! 63 THE NEW EAST MEETS WEST byejoe Brings New Meaning to Asian Fusion and a Taste of China to Mixology 70 ANSWERING THEIR CALLING CBS Sports Commentator Jim Nantz and Family Wine Company CEO Peter Deutsch: Partners in Wine UP FRONT 5 HEARTTHROB Love in a Bottle, Wineheart Debuts to Strong Sales and Happy Customers FEATURES 48 CANADA CALLING J. P. Wiser's Catches the Rising Tide of the North American Whisky Category 74 THE JUNMAI ECLIPSE Takara Sake USA's Domestic Sakés Achieve a Milestone 78 THE HOSPITALITY INFLUENCERS OF SANTA BARBARA Our Extended Report from Santa Barbara Wine Country 98 WHEN KNOWLEDGE IS POWER Republic National Distributing Company Uses WSET Certiication as a "Metric for Accomplishment" 78 DEPARTMENTS 4 Letter from the Editor 10 Industry Spotlight 14 BevForce Movers & Shakers 16 Brief Encounters 18 Upcoming: Pigs & Pinot 20 Voice of Five Generations 22 Steven Spurrier's Letter from London 24 Sommelier in the Spotlight 26 Scotch Report 28 Brews and Views 30 What We're Drinking: Fernet Branca 32 Behind the Scenes with Fred Dame 34 Marketplace 36 Over the Table 38 In the Biz: Gregory Balogh 40 Brand Spotlight: Malibu Rum 44 Blind Tasting 46 Educators: Belinda Chang 50 Event Recap: Rosé Round-Up 54 Ambassador's Craft: A Tribute to Charles Gordon 56 Hot Property: Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Club 57 The Wandering Sommelier 58 Brand Introduction: Ascendant Spirits 60 Blue Reviews 68 Publisher's Picks 88 Pairings: 123 Organic Tequila in Sonoma 92 What's New: VUE in Palm Desert 94 Restaurants That Matter 96 On-Premise Patter : Apartment 13 100 A Lone Star Life 102 Gadd's Sixpack 103 Chef 's One-on-One 104 Wine Tech 106 Taking Inventory PHOTO: JEREMY BALL

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