The Tasting Panel magazine

September 2013

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TOURNEY IT AROUND AT WENTE'S SHARK SHOOTOUT, IT WAS A GAME OF Chipping and Chopping story and photos by John Curley t he Wente family knows how to take care of business—after all, it's the oldest continuously-owned and -operated winery in California. But the family also knows how to take care of its own, in this case, the people who work for Southern Wine & Spirits, who help make Wente Family Estates one of the most successful portfolio of wines in the industry. Food-friendly entwine was the inspiration for the meals created for the cook-off. Someone's in the Kitchen with Karl. Off the golf course, Fifth Generation Winemaker Karl Wente (center) cheers on Bruce Fredine (left) and Ken Haughawout (right) of Southern Wine & Spirits of Southern CA and Central CA, respectively, as they show that real men can cook. To that end, the Wentes hosted their 16th-annual two-day Shark Shootout at the Greg Norman–designed Course at Wente Vineyards in Livermore Valley to reward the top SWS performers from Northern and Southern California. This year they added a twist: a Chopped-style cookoff that featured three teams vying to score the most points with a panel of judges that included Wente's Fifth Generation Winemaker Karl Wente, plus Andrea Beard, Wente Family Estates 118  /  the tasting panel  /  september 2013 TP0913_104-156.indd 118 8/22/13 10:31 PM

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