The Tasting Panel magazine

September 2011

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ALTERNATIVE BEVERAGES Post Labor Day, everything changes. You're not allowed to wear white, there's a delightful crispness to the air and every other store you walk into smells like some- one lit a caramel-apple-pinecone-pumpkin on fire inside. Here to help us ease into this seasonal shift are some innovative new beverage products that are definitely Fall Favorites by Rachel Burkons I Love Laurent Champagne an alternative beverage? Yes! Why keep bubbly just for special occasions? It doesn't get much better than Laurent-Perrier Brut Millésimé. Only produced in years of exceptional quality (which means top-top-top notch coming from this esteemed house), the 2002 vintage is a masterfully crafted 50/50 blend of Chard and Pinot Noir, bursting with lively effervescence and persistent bubbles. A welcoming creaminess and warming tropical fruit offer an enticing kiss across the palate, and a long, lingering finish keeps the love alive. Celebration at its best. Sheer Sophistication A cool, crisp Martini is a thing of beauty: Simple and classic, the sophisticated cocktail can lose its elegance when garnished with gaudy fruit or flowers. But every now and then you want to add a little pizzazz, right? Here to garnish even the most elegant drinks and cocktails with a subtle flair is Lounge Attire Premium Cocktail Cranberries, a classically simple-yet-stunning garnish. With their deep, sexy red hue and luxurious sweetness, these hand-sorted Pacific Northwest berries are an ideal cocktail component that will have you saying "Move over, Maraschino." Bon-Vin Voyage! Working in this industry does have some great perks: fab food, killer cocktails and exciting travel. But you know what's not so fun? An exploded or broken bottle of wine in your suitcase! Finally, the product that all wine reps need in their luggage has rolled out: VinniBag, a reusable, recyclable inflatable travel bag that protects your precious Pinots—and that amazing cashmere sweater your sister got you for your birthday. The best part? This handy bag has a second life; if you send it back to the com- pany, they'll turn it into a garden hose. From Russia, with Love Not all teas are created equal. In bad news for the Lipton folks, Kusmi Tea is setting out to show the world, once and for all, how magical and powerful great tea can be. Created in Russia 140 years ago, Kusmi offers a lineup of premium specialty blends that are bursting with exotic, complex flavors and ingredients. From the savory, spicy Russian Morning No. 24, to the soul-soothing comfort of Be Cool to the richly aromatic and flavorful Kashmir Tchai, the Kusmi Essentials variety pack has something for everyone. 64 / the tasting panel / september 201 1

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