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April 2015

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10  /  the tasting panel  /  april 2015 INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT In Memoriam: Joe Martin S t. Francis Winery founder Joe Martin passed away on February 26. Joseph Thomas Martin was born June 19, 1934 to a family of dairy farmers in California's Central Valley. In 1971 he purchased a 100- acre orchard in the Sonoma County village of Kenwood and began growing grapes. In 1979 St. Francis Winery & Vineyards was built. When the Kopf family, owners of Kobrand, acquired St. Francis in 2004, Joe stayed on as a full-time consultant, retiring in 2008 to devote more time to his charitable causes. For nearly 45 years, Joe Martin inspired his colleagues by his passion and dedication to Sonoma County, quality wines and above all the people he so enjoyed and admired. BOOK REPORT Party in the USA! E ven the Commander- in-Chief enjoys some relaxation from time to time, so to celebrate our leaders' favorite forms of revelry, humor writer Brian Abrams unloads all of Washington-to- Obama's dirty little (and not so little) secrets in his hilarious page turner Party Like a President: True Tales of Inebriation, Lechery, and Mischief From the Oval Office (Workman Pub. Co, $14.95). While these stories of drinks, drugs and other naughty activities will never end up in any history textbook, they are certainly important parts of America's past. Illustrated throughout with infograph- ics, comic strips, caricatures and fake archival docu- ments, it also includes recipes for 44 cocktails inspired by each chapter's Mr. Party-dent. The Story of Sherry A uthor Talia Baiocchi's Sherry: A Modern Guide to The Wine World's Best-Kept Secret (Ten Speed Press $24.99) offers an enthrall- ing peak inside the rich history of Sherry. From famed cellars in Jerez, Spain to Sherry produc- tion and evolution in the U.S. Baiocchi's explora- tion of the classic and modern sides of Sherry is rounded out with a trove of classic and inspired cocktail recipes from such notable bartenders as Phil Ward (Mayahuel), Jack McGarry (Dead Rabbit) and Joaquín Simó (Pouring Ribbons). Baiocchi's findings unearth playful histories of Sherry from things like why the "Sherry Flip" cocktail appears in many of Charles Dickens's novels to how certain quaffs like the "Old Alhambra," designed by Leo Robitschek of The NoMad Hotel in NYC, acquired their names. The book is a great tool for anyone looking to build out a Sherry bar at home—there's even recipes for cooking with Sherry —Jonathan Cristaldi

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