The Tasting Panel magazine

November 2014

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20  /  the tasting panel  /  november 2014 O n the charming back patio of The Eveleigh in West Hollywood, under a rare clear Los Angeles night and dotting of stars, Executive Chef Jared Levy sent out a barrage of off-the-menu shared plates, specially prepared for the evening to complement wines from Santa Ynez wineries Lieu Dit Wines and Storm Wines. Eric Railsback, co-founder of Lieu Dit, is a Master Sommelier and Forbes 2014 "30 under 30" recipient. His Lieu Dit 2013 Happy Canyon Sauvignon Blanc ($25) from Santa Ynez Valley—a fresh and lively wine, with lovely citrus and tropical fruit notes, accented by a subtle savory character and punctuated by zippy acidity—was a stellar match for Chef Levy's dish of cippolini and hen of the woods mushrooms, flavored with brown butter and sage. Winemaker Ernst Storm of Storm Wines and Curtis Winery is originally from South Africa and has made wine all over the world—most recently settling in Santa Barbara, where he spent three years making wine at Firestone. Storm's Jurassic Park Vineyard Chenin Blanc is a bright, expressive wine and a nod to his home country, but his Storm 2012 Presqu'ile Vineyard Pinot Noir ($42) from Santa Maria Valley was a knock-out—beautifully balanced, classic Santa Maria Pinot, paired with Chef Levy's slow-roasted California grass-fed lamb. —Jonathan Cristaldi Winemaker Dinner at The Eveleigh PHOTO: JONATHAN CRISTALDI PHOTO: JONATHAN CRISTALDI Eric Railsback (left), Winemaker at Lieu Dit Wines, and Ernst Storm, Winemaker at Storm Wines. Brief Encounters Whether THE TASTING PANEL goes to the brand execs or the brands call us, there is an abundance of news to report, from the latest releases to behind-the-scenes experiences with some of the world's most influential importers, winemakers, distillers . . . well, you name it. We may not have enough pages in each issue to devote as much attention as we would like to each person whose path we cross, but please note that if it's in the publication, we deem it noteworthy —Meridith May, Publisher & Executive Editor THE MESSAGE 20  /  the tasting panel  /  november 2014 In Dallas with Portón R enowned photographer Mario Testino unveiled his most recent exhibit at the Dallas Contemporary Museum, highlighting women of his native country, Peru, in cultural high-fashion attire. On the evening of the exhibit's preview party, in celebration of Peruvian spirit pisco, Portón served the official cocktails of the evening: the Portón 1684 and Pisco Punch. Portón 1684 ◗ 2 oz. Portón ◗ 1 oz. fresh lime juice ◗ ¾ oz. agave nectar ◗ 1 slices jalapeño ◗ 1 sprig rosemary ◗ In a shaker, add lime juice, agave, jalapeño and rosemary. Muddle. Add Portón and ice; shake gently, strain over ice in rock glass and garnish with a slice of jalapeño and rosemary.

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