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August / September 2016

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4 { THE SOMM JOURNAL } AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2016 { letter from senior editor } selected contributors Diane Denham's love for wine emerged during her four years living in France and led to a career in the wine business. Her tenure with Robert Mondavi Winery included domestic, export and import sales before starting her own import wine company. Her experience also includes co-owning a Napa vineyard where she gained first-hand knowledge of the value of deer fences. Laura Ness, aka "Her VineNess," is a wine journalist who enjoys writing about the world of wine and sharing stories of the many intriguing characters that inhabit it. She is a frequent contributor to WineOh.Tv and to several consumer and trade publications. Gemma Z. Price left her native England more than ten years ago and has since lived in Japan, Australia and Vietnam, covering luxury travel and lifestyle for titles such as Condé Nast Traveller, Travel + Leisure, Time, Delicious, Food & Travel, Business Traveller, DestinAsian and Centurion. Now based (mainly) in San Francisco, she continues to share from around the globe and is a Napa Symposium for Professional Wine Writers fellow. David A. F. Sweet has written about lifestyle, sports, travel and other topics for media outlets from Dow Jones to NBCUniversal. He is the author of a book about sports entrepreneur Lamar Hunt. You may follow him @davidafsweet. AS WE FIND OURSELVES SQUARELY IN THE MIDDLE OF THE summer months, it is sometimes easy to get the working-time blues. While the rest of the nation is barbecuing on docks and decks and frolicking in the sun, most wine professionals are in cold cellars, shivering through inventory, cracking the books to brush up on practical knowledge, agoniz - ing over the perfect pairings for Chef 's newest tasting menu and hauling cases of wine from point A to point B. The good news is that you have just opened one action packed issue of The Somm Journal. Full of stories to vicariously transport you to the South of France to explore the wines of Jean-Luc Colombo in Cornas (page 56), to Alexander Valley for a recap of our latest SOMM Camp (page 72), to Spain to virtually taste some of the wonderful Albariños of Rías Baixas (page 110) or to Japan to get an idea of the top whiskies from the Land of the Rising Sun (page 85). And don't miss the results section for the 2016 San Francisco International Wine Competition, where we list the Double Gold and Gold medalists, starting on page 124. Just remember, when everyone else goes back to their desk jobs, we get to celebrate wine for a living. Karen Moneymaker Senior Editor Senior Editor Karen Moneymaker at a recent Loire Valley tasting. A Trip around the World in over 100 Pages PHOTO: ADAMA JAMES

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