The Tasting Panel magazine

March 2013

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Tasting AT CULINA RESTAURANT AT FOUR SEASONS HOTEL LOS ANGELES AT BEVERLY HILLS, WE SPEED THROUGH ITALIAN AND ITALIAN-INSPIRED WINES Prestissimo edited by Elizabeth Kate / photos by Rob Brown I nspired by modern Italian cuisine and the wines that are naturally paired with anything from crudo to lombatina (veal chop), we set our sights for our Italian wine Speed Tasting at Culina Restaurant at the stunning Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. This tasting was limited to just ten wines���all Italian imports or domestic Italian varietals or blends. Our prestigious panelists of Los Angeles wine buyers, led by Chris Bradford, Wine Director for The Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, irst tasted the wines blind. Then, one-by-one, at appointed ten-minute intervals, suppliers revealed and presented their wine to the group. Our Speed Tasting panel, left to right: Henri Marquis, wine consultant; Elizabeth Kate, WSET/ Contributing Editor, THE TASTING PANEL; Bill Brandel, Wine Director, Stonehaus Wine Bar at The Westlake Village Inn; Meridith May, Publisher/Executive Editor, THE TASTING PANEL; Jeffery Stivers (seated), Sommelier, n/naka restaurant; Chris Bradford, Wine Director, Culina Restaurant at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills; Paul Sanguinetti, Sommelier, Patina Group (Ray & Stark���s Bar); Kathryn Weil, Sommelier, Rustic Canyon Restaurant Group; and Alex Weil, Head Sommelier, Bouchon in Beverly Hills.

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