The Tasting Panel magazine

January / February 2017

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124  /  the tasting panel  /  january/february 2017 Wine Buyers and Sommeliers from around the country descended upon Sonoma's Alexander Valley for an immersive, multi-day Cab Academy, co- hosted by The Somm Journal and Master Sommelier Fred Dame, VP/Prestige Accounts for American Wine & Spirits, and organized by the Alexander Valley Winegrowers. On the Road in 2017 PACK YOUR BAG AND MEET US FOR A DRINK In 2016, The Tasting Panel and The Somm Journal stayed pretty busy. Not only did we triple the number of events hosted from the year prior, but we also expanded the scope and creativity of each. Our resolution for 2017: Strengthen existing relationships and forge new ones. This includes visiting markets large and small, established and burgeoning, to get to know the key players better while also enhancing your expertise in your field. All events include recap stories, which means your photo and tasting notes could appear in the pages of the nation's most widely circulated trade publica- tion in the beverage industry—an all-around win! For more information on upcoming invitation-only events, send an email express- ing your interest and detailed work affiliation to becky@ We hope to see you in Las Vegas, Portland, Chicago, Atlanta, Vancouver, Austin, Washington D.C., Seattle, Northern and Southern California . . . and beyond! —Becky Tsadik, Associate Editor & Events Director Chef / Pastry Chef Deepen your knowl- edge about pairing and cooking with wines and spirits in a hands-on workshop. In 2017, Why Don't You . . . Beverage Director/ Bartender Compete in or judge a cocktail competi- tion—cash prizes available for winners! Attend an educational brunch or dinner where you'll learn new ways to think about established spirits. Hilary Chadwick, Assistant Beverage Director, Sprout Restaurant Group, leading a cocktail crafting workshop at Otium in Downtown Los Angeles. PHOTO: ALEXANDER RUBIN Peter T. Koff, President of importer Fairest Cape, at an educational tasting of new Loire Valley Wines at A.O.C. in the Beverly Grove neighborhood of Los Angeles. PHOTO: REBECCA PEPLINSKI Wine Buyer/ Sommelier Attend one of our signature blind wine Speed Tastings centered around a hot category. Harvest grapes and get intimately acquainted with a region's terroir at a Somm Journal SOMM Camp in the United States or abroad. PHOTO: KELLY BALCH PHOTO: CAL BINGHAM Chef Michelle Lainez of Border Grill pausing for a fresh headshot at a self-brand- ing seminar at Seven Grand in Downtown Los Angeles. PHOTO: MARGARET SOSS

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