The Tasting Panel magazine

January 2013

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EVENT RECAP Spirited Away in Napa THE TASTING PANEL HOSTS CRAFT SPIRITS BRANDS AND MIXOLOGISTS IN WINE COUNTRY TO SALUTE NEW DOCUMENTARY SOMM by Rachel Burkons / photos by Hardy Wilson C annes, Park City, Austin, Toronto—all cities known for hosting Hollywood elite as they gather to celebrate some of the world's best ilms. While these may be starstudded affairs, we must say they've got nothing on Napa when it comes to hosting a party. In early November, wine country's inest (celebrities in their own right here at THE TASTING PANEL) gathered in a tour de force of cinematic and vinomatic proportions to celebrate the launch of SOMM, the soonto-be-widely-released documentary that chronicles the journey of four wine experts as they prepare for the grueling Master Sommelier exam. After the screening, spirits were high at the fest's launch party, where THE TASTING PANEL, in honor of our Year of the Artisan Brand, hosted a top-notch craft spirit bar, featuring cocktails that added a bit of spirit to this wine country fête. Here's a look at how it all went down at Club Tasting Panel. Russell Davis was mix-master at the Anchor Distilling bar. 122 / the tasting panel / january 2013

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