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Tasting Panel October 2010

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INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT Jim Concannon Honored THE TASTING PANEL’S MAN OF THE YEAR Jim Concannon. T S HE TASTING PANEL’S “Man of the Year” is Jim Concannon. Jim remains closely involved as third-generation vintner of Concannon Vineyard and as winery ambassador. He is also the unoffi cial repository for one of the most fascinat- ing stories in California wine history. We will salute Jim in the November issue! Introducing Vinum California N apa-based Vinum Cellars, Inc. has launched Vinum California, an affordable line of varietals that includes a Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinot Noir. Vinum Cellars was co- V2 Wine Group Launches with Steelhead and Toad Hollow Wines onoma based V2 Wine Group, a new wine company founded by Dan and Katy Leese in partnership with Pete Kight, launched in August with the acquisition of Steelhead Wines of Dry Creek Valley and sales and marketing for Toad Hollow Vineyards of Healdsburg. Small Footprints, Big Flavor 60 Vodka, known as the world’s only sustainable vodka, has created six new fl avors: 360 Sorrento Lemon, 360 Georgia Peach, 360 Bing Cherry, 360 Madagascar Vanilla, 360 Concord Grape and 360 Mandarin Orange. “We have combined the renowned smooth taste of 360 Vodka with the world’s best all-natural fl avors to create superior taste sensations that are unlike anything you’ve ever tried,” says Ed Pechar, Chairman of The Earth Friendly Distilling Company. SRP $19.99. 3 Mouton Cadet Line Extension B Bob Cranston. aron Philippe de Rothschild welcomes the next chapter in the history of Mouton Cadet with the introduction of Cadet d’Oc, a new line of varietally- labeled wines from the Pays d’Oc. The line launches in the U.S. with the 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, both at an SRP of $9.99. founded by former U.C. Davis classmates Richard Bruno and Chris Condos in 1997. Two execu- tive-level sales managers have been appointed: Bob Cranston as Executive VP, National Sales Manager and Susan McCarthy as VP, Sales Manager. IN MEMORY Jean Burggren, veteran wine writer and former Editor of Patterson’s Beverage Journal, passed away quietly in her sleep on September 5, 2010. We will all remember Jean for her smiling face and passion for our industry. 12 / the tasting panel / october 2010

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