The SOMM Journal

April / May 2016

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4 { THE SOMM JOURNAL } APRIL/MAY 2016 { letter from the publisher } JOURNALING IS A FORM OF CATHARSIS FOR ANYONE WHO NEEDS to emote, devote, rant, aspire or dream. You can keep track of the people you meet, praise (or diss) the movies you watch or upgrade your youthful diary to an adult written record of personal experiences. Journaling offers the gift of insight to hindsight. With a publication named The SOMM Journal, we are in this together with you, our readers, as we explore our mutual passions and unique interests. Interaction and sharing information is our gift to ourselves; after all we are the insiders—the folks behind the scenes of a most marvelous industry. For the first time, this magazine will touch the outside world as well. With a new distributor, The SOMM Journal will now be available at bookstores, grocery stores and newsstands across the U.S. and Canada. And what better first openly distributed issue than this—the one covering the 40th anniversary of the Judgment of Paris. The cover speaks to a decisive turning point in California's wine history, and the story celebrates a true milestone, starring the rock stars who played pivotal roles in the revolution. Our East Coast Editor, Lana Bortolot, was lucky enough to interview the troupe, and we'll be following up and journaling events surrounding the anniversary all year. We also invite you, our readers, to send us brief "journal entries" on your wine or work adventures, whether they originate in vineyards or on the floor at your restaurant or retail shop. Send along a full-resolution image of yourself and 150 words that best describe your experience in personal terms; we will feature the most notable notes in our new column in the next issue. In the meantime, drink in this issue with the hope that the world of wine has still other occasions to come as momentous as the one that took place in Paris four decades ago. selected contributors Christy Canterbury, MW is a Manhattan-based journalist, speaker and judge. Short- listed for the 2014 Louis Roederer Online Wine Communicator of the Year Award, she also writes for Decanter,, Wine-Searcher, Beverage Media and Civiltà del Bere, among others. She has contributed to three books, including the Gourmand Award–winning Rock and Vine. A shopping fanatic, Christy previously bought wine, beer and booze across the U.S. for Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group and around the globe for Culinary Concepts by Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Mike Dawson is a writer, editor and founder of Wine Scout and Grande Central. He was the Deputy Editor at Wine Enthusiast magazine, and a Senior Editor at Maxim and Men's Health. Dawson began his journalism career in newspapers, winning numer- ous awards for both his writing and reporting. His stories have appeared in New York Magazine, DETAILS, Time Out New York, Thrillist and Italian GQ, among many others. Robert Plotkin is a judge at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition and author of 16 books on bartending and beverage manage- ment including Secrets Revealed of America's Greatest Cocktails. He can be reached at www. or by e-mail at Jack Robertiello has worked with or written about food and drink for most of his adult life, and has judged at numerous spirit and wine competi- tions. The f ormer editor of Cheers magazine, his work has appeared in many trade and consumer publications. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, and has since before it was hip to say so. PHOTO: FELIX SANCHEZ We Can All "Somm Journal" At Cru Artisan College in Houston, our Headmaster, David Keck (who is the GM and Wine Director at Camarata Wine Bar) and I discuss his plans for the day.

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