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Tasting Panel October 2010

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PHoTo ESSAY HospitalityHedonism F iT’S A ToUGH liNE of WoRK, BUT iT’S oUR JoB To Go oUT AND TASTE rom foie gras to fresh pastries, and spanning the wine arena from Argentina to Bordeaux, the hospitality trade indulged in international food and drink—sumptuous bites and exquisite sips—at the Club Culinaire of French Cuisine’s Second Annual Boutique Trade Show in August at the Hotel Sofitel Los Angeles. The event showcased over 100 Club Culinaire member-purveyors (which include wineries, manufacturers and distributors) to chefs, sommeliers, retailers and restaurateurs in the greater Los Angeles area. Regency Wines teamed up with Club Culinaire to highlight the brands in its portfolio that can be appreciated with the delectables sampled at the show. The Nevada-based importer/distributor recently expanded to add high-quality spirits to its global wine portfolio. French-born Bruno Laclotte, President of Regency Wines, is himself a winemaker who perfected his expertise in vinification at Mouton-Rothschild. In 1995, he set his sights on bringing wines from around the world to the U.S. THE TASTING PANEL wouldn’t live up to its name without attending an event comme ça. Here’s who we met. Carlene Hastings with Wines of Provence. Bache Cognac was one of the pleasures of the Club Culinaire Trade Show. The Bache XO “Natur & Eleganse” is a blend of Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne and Fins Bois. The spirit is stored in oak casks for over ten years. 86 / the tasting panel / october 2010 Francois Villars, Export Manager for La Passion des Terroirs/ Lucien Lurton. Lurton is one of the major players in Bordeaux. Lurton’s ten children created Lucien Lurton & Fils in 1993; six years later, after becoming a full wine merchant, the company was renamed Las Passion des Terroirs.

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