The Tasting Panel magazine

March 2013

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INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT We���re In���uential! T HE TASTING PANEL scored double recognition from wine website in February, when the site published its second annual ���Top 100 Most Inluential People in the U.S. Wine Industry.��� Our Editor in Chief, Anthony Dias Blue, was ranked No. 20, while our Publisher and Executive Editor, Meridith May, was ranked No. 35. The report acknowledges that ���the magazine wields a lot of power staying current with the latest trends and upand-coming wine regions��� and points out that ���The Tasting Panel also holds media and trade tastings, getting new wines in front of wine writers and buyers.��� The well-visited website states that, for purposes of the rankings, the term in���uential means ���people who move markets, impact consumers, inspire winemakers, form policy, and create debate.��� We are honored to be recognized! A Fiesta of Variety H eineken USA is gearing up for this summer���s celebrations by expanding distribution of its popular Beers of Mexico variety packs. Now available in 12 packs of bottles or cans, the packs contain equal quantities of Dos Equis Lager, Tecate and Sol, providing adult consumers 21 and older with the opportunity to experience three of Heineken USA���s outstanding Mexican beers in one convenient collection. At retail, iesta-inspiring display and POS materials along with channel-speciic cross-merchandising IRC (instant redeemable coupons) and MIR (mailin rebate) offers on iesta-related food items, where legal. American Pride S idney Frank Importing Company is proud to announce that newly introduced American Harvest Organic Spirit served as the exclusive spirit in the vodka category at the Presidential Inaugural Candlelight Reception, attended by President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Biden and his wife. American Harvest is now available nationwide and was the irst recipient of THE TASTING PANEL���S Seal of Excellence award. The SRP is $23.99/750ml. Baking Layers of Complexity I n honor of Miljenko ���Mike��� Grgich���s 90th birthday, Grgich Hills Estate invites everyone 21 years or older to participate in a birthday cake decorating contest for a chance to win a trip to Napa Valley and celebrate 90 years of accomplishments with this Vintners Hall of Fame inductee. The photo of the winning cake will be published in THE TASTING PANEL Magazine. To enter, go to birthday-contest/. 10 / the tasting panel / march 2013 IN PASSING Truman Cox, Master Distiller of A. Smith Bowman Distillery, passed away on Saturday, February 9 after a short illness. Truman joined the company in 2004 as Lead Chemist at Buffalo Trace Distillery and in 2011 realized his dream to become the Master Distiller at A. Smith Bowman Distillery in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Truman will be sadly missed by his many friends at Sazerac and in the industry.

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