The Tasting Panel magazine

August 2014

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106  /  the tasting panel  /  august 2014 SPEED TASTING REPORT We put these palates to the test! Front row (left to right): Andrew Fritz, owner/operator, Rule of Three Hospitality; Veronica Trujillo, Beverage Director, D'Vine Bar and Bistro; Taylor Chandler, sommelier, Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia; Peter Kasperski, owner, Cowboy Ciao/ Kazimierz; Brent Karliceck, Beverage Director, Upward Projects; and Jared Sowinski, Director of Beverage, The Phoenician. Back row: Ramon Rice, Chef, D'Vine Bar and Bistro; Christopher Gross, owner, Christopher's Crush; and Scott Yanni, General Manager, 5th and Wine. It's summer in Arizona and—you guessed it—it's hot! But inside the Camelback Villa at the gorgeous Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia, the spirits were as high as the numbers on the thermometer when THE TASTING PANEL and Southern Wine & Spirits of Arizona gath- ered nine of Arizona's top palates for our Aromatic Whites Speed Tasting. Stunning mountain views offered a beautiful backdrop as our panel of buyers blind-tasted through 14 whites, leading to hours of discussion, jokes and laughs as our panel made their guesses. After the tasting, winery representatives revealed their wines one by one, so read on to find out what our panelists had to say. Sip and savor these wonderful whites before autumn sets in! Summer Whites NO BETTER TIME OR PLACE TO TASTE REFRESHING, AROMATIC WHITE WINES THAN AT OUR BLIND WINE SPEED TASTING AT OMNI SCOTTSDALE RESORT & SPA AT MONTELUCIA by Breanne DeMore / photos by Grace Stufkosky

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