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September 2013

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Industry Spotlight Cuervo Comes Home to Young's Market Young's Market Company celebrates Cuervo Coming Home at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach (left to right): Marc Chaiet, Christian Mullen, Neil Hammad, Alessandro Bermudez, Matthew Lang, Tessa Adams and Spencer Sutcliff. Michael David Winery Launched new namesake Brand M ichael David Winery, owned by brothers Michael and David Phillips and based in California's Lodi wine country, has launched a new namesake brand. The Michael David Winery brand initially includes a Chardonnay ($16) and Sauvignon Blanc ($16), both released in August to all major U.S. markets as well as Canada and Sweden. The winery also has plans for a Michael David Winery red varietal, to be announced in 2014. The Chardonnay shows ripe tropical fruits and good natural acidity and is certified under the Lodi Rules Program for Sustainable Wine Growing. The Sauvignon Blanc is cold-fermented in stainless steel for bright, clean food-friendly flavors. The goal for the new brand is to re-connect Michael David customers to the family and its name. Consumers often forget that such familiar brands as 7 Deadly Zins, Petite Petit, Earthquake, Freakshow and 6th Sense Syrah are all part of the Michael David family of wines. The new Michael David Winery label is a commitment to the family's sixth generation, most of whom are involved in day-to-day operations at the winery. Co-owner Dave Phillips explains, "Our family is pleased to release the new Michael David branded package as a legacy brand that embraces our family's history of six generations in the Lodi area." In PAssInG Jonathan rojewski T anteo Tequila CEO and co-founder Jonathan Rojewski died as the result of a tragic accident in Colorado in August. He was 40 years old. "We are shocked and deeply saddened by Jonathan's passing," says Rojewski's co-founder, David Campbell. "His passion, creativity, authenticity and uncompromising pursuit of perfection are written on the walls of our New York headquarters, Casa Tanteo, and they are in the bottle—he improved upon our formula with every one of the 30 batches he made. His values will forever remain the cornerstone of our mission. I speak on behalf of the Tanteo employees and all who contribute to our success on a daily basis when I say that we will work tirelessly to fulfill Jonathan's dreams for Tanteo and to honor his leadership in the spirits industry." Rojewski was a Maryland native who found great success in all of his endeavors, from division-one college soccer at Loyola University to the culinary arts, equity research on Wall Street and most certainly in the spirits industry, where he served for seven years as Tanteo's CEO. Tanteo's Board has announced that David Campbell will serve as Chief Executive Officer and Neil Grossup as Chief Operating Officer. 12  /  the tasting panel  / september 2013 TP0913_001-33.indd 12 8/23/13 1:59 PM

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