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JULY 2011

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contents PANEL | July 2011 Vol. 69 No. 7 UP FRONT 5 IT’S A FAMILY AFFAIR At Palm Bay International, Smart Leadership Is a Key to Success FEATURES 42 THE RETURN OF MERLOT A Much Maligned Varietal Comes Back, with a Vengeance 48 STRANGE AND WONDERFUL The Isle of Jura Distillery and Lodge Are Quite Unique 52 COVER STORY 52 PUTTING BOURBON ON TOP Beam Global Sets Its Priorities on America’s Native Spirit DEPARTMENTS 4 Letter from the Editor 10 Industry Spotlight 16 Brief Encounters 22 Steven Spurrier’s Letter from London 24 Scotch Report 26 Pairings 28 Small Batch with Fred Minnick 30 Destination Wineries 32 Tasting Notes: Bodegas Fariña 34 Sipped & Scene 36 A Lone Star Life 38 Viva Vino LA Recap 40 What We’re Drinking: Nonino Amaro 41 In the Biz 50 Tasting Report: Bordeaux Blends 8 / the tasting panel / july 201 1 56 Beer: Heineken’s “Passion 4 Beer” 58 Alternative Beverages 60 Blue Reviews 64 Publisher’s Picks 66 Launch Pad: High Roller Vodka 68 Event Wrap-Up: Ribera del Duero 72 Cocktail for Geeks 87 Arizona On-Premise 104 Thin-dustry Follow-Up 108 Vegas: Chefs of Sin City 111 Education: Manhattan Cocktail Classic 112 The Drink and The Dish 114 Intro-Vinous: Georgetta Dane 115 Nose-ables 118 Taking Inventory 69 A MEMBER OF THE CLUB We Head to Pebble Beach to Discover Alderete Tequila 74 SUNNY AND STRAIGHTFORWARD Simplicity Shines in California’s Temecula Valley 78 PARTY IN PUNTA MITA The First Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf Classic Is a Resounding Success 80 CASTILLA-LA MANCHA: THE NEW STORY Traditional Bulk Winemakers Look to Buck the Trend 84 THE SOMMS OF PORTLAND 88 POOLSIDE PERSUASION Our Scottsdale SPEED TASTING Reveals the Latest and Greatest in Summertime Sippers 98 A CATEGORY ON FIRE Where There’s Smoke, There’s Mezcal 102 A BOTANICAL ADVENTURE We Travel To Italy to Discover Two Essential Components of Bombay Sapphire 106 SO YOU THINK YOU CAN RHÔNE? Syrah & Company Head to Paso Robles for the 19th Annual Hospice du Rhône THE

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