The Tasting Panel magazine

November 2011

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MVPs THE THE TASTING PANEL TEAMS UP WITH 16 WINERIES AT DODGER STADIUM TO DETERMINE THE MOST VALUABLE PLAYER FROM EACH PORTFOLIO photos by Jeremie Fremaux I t was the last game of the 2011 season at Dodger Stadium, and two of Major League Baseball's greatest rivals were pitted against one another: the Los Angeles Dodgers versus the San Francisco Giants. For the occasion, we brought together our own line-up of MVPs at The TASTING PANEL's fi rst-ever invitational wine event held at Dodger Stadium's Dugout Club. To call the plays, we invited a team of some of the biggest names in the wine biz. Together, this team of umpires faced the diffi cult task of calling out the wines that were clear home runs. Needless to say, with each winery's top sluggers at bat, the runs kept piling in! Here's the box score from this all-star showcase. Anthony Dias Blue ➊ Talia Tinari Rachel Bryan ➎ Chris Miller ➏ DEPARTMENT HEADER of CALIFORNIA WINE Our TASTING PANEL Umpires: Dana Farner➋ ➌ ➍ Jonathan Mitchell Arianna Armstrong ➐ ➊ Anthony Dias Blue, Editor-in-Chief, THE TASTING PANEL Magazine ➋ Dana Farner, Beverage Director, CUT by Wolfgang Puck at The Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire Hotel ➌ Talia Tinari, Wine Director, Toscana/Bar Toscana, Brentwood ➍ Jonathan Mitchell, Assistant General Manager, The Palm West Hollywood ➎ Rachel Bryan, Wine Director, Pourtal Bar ➏ Chris Miller, K&L Wines, Hollywood ➐ Ariana Armstrong, Editor, Grapesmart (blog) november 201 1 / the tasting panel / 97

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