The Tasting Panel magazine

July 2015

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8  /  the tasting panel  /  july 2015 contents | July 2015 Vol. 73 No. 6 TASTING PANEL THE COVER STORY 72 SERVED WITH STYLE Glenfiddich Ushers in Its Second Annual Kindred Spirit Competition UP FRONT 5 CÎROC-ING THE (VODKA) BOAT CÎROC Ultra-Premium Vodka Brings Grapes to the Glass SPECIAL FEATURES 100 DECONSTRUCTING LIQUEURS Now Here's a Category Poised for Explosive Growth! 126 RESULTS OF THE 2015 WINE & SPIRITS WHOLESALERS OF AMERICA COMPETITION FEATURES 56 MEET YOUR (WINE)MAKER Trinchero Family Estates Invites Sommeliers and Wine Buyers Inside The Winemaker's Studio 66 A SONOMA WINE STORY St. Francis Relies on Innovation, Sustainability and a New Generation Winemaking Team to Tell a Sonoma Story 97 VINO FOR VETS AND PINOTS FOR PUPS Diageo Chateau & Estates' Great American Wine Company and Chateau La Paws Offer Wines for Good 108 LIVERMORE VALLEY Bay Area Sommeliers Dig Deep to Discover Livermore Valley's Terroir and the History of California Chardonnay 60 DEPARTMENTS 4 Letter from the Editor 10 Industry Spotlight 14 Brief Encounters 18 San Fran Insider 20 New York City Sips 22 What We're Drinking 24 Scotch Report 26 Marketplace 28 European Wine Treasures 30 Over the Table 32 The Wandering Sommelier 34 Sweet on Honey 36 BevForce Movers & Shakers 40 Appellations: Lake County 42 A Lone Star Life 44 Midwest: Niche 46 Top Shelf: Wm. Grant Rare Casks 48 Brown Spirits: Highspire Whiskey 50 Mixology: Shrubs at Morimoto 51 Competitions: Broker's Bowler Cup 60 Brand Profile: Carpano Antica 63 Down Under Brand Pitch 64 Behind the Scenes with Fred Dame 78 Blue Reviews 82 Publisher's Picks 112 Blending: entwine 114 Exhibits: Spirited Republic 116 Perspective: A Budding Business 118 Speed Tasting Report 124 Competitions: Bacardi Legacy 134 Taking Inventory Special Prep Section 84 Sue Slater of Cabrillo College 86 Restaurateur-Chef Lisa Dahl 87 Tools of the Trade 88 Farm to Fusion at Americano 89 Wine Director Anani Lawson 90 Chefs: One-on-One with Merrill Shindler 92 A San Francisco Culinary Road Trip 95 Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa 96

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