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April 2014

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10  /  the tasting panel  /  april 2014 INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT CABs of Distinction, April 23–26, 2014 T he Paso Robles CAB (Cabernet and Bordeaux) Collective invites all qualified trade and media to attend its second annual CABs of Distinction events taking place April 23–26. Events include an En Primeur tasting, tasting of the current vintage, Library/Rare and Reserve tasting, a panel discussion, vintner-hosted dinners and lunches and more. To register, email For more information, visit UNLVino's 40th Anniversary U NLVino returns to celebrate its 40th anniversary as Nevada's original wine tasting event April 9–12, 2014. This time- honored epicurean showcase continues Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada's mission to raise millions of scholarship dollars for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas's William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration. UNLVino's events also will recognize a group of influential individuals with the Dom Pérignon Award of Excellence, including world-renowned chef Wolfgang Puck, pop artist Romero Britto and UNLVino's co- founders: Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada's Senior Managing Director, Larry Ruvo, and Dean Emeritus of the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration, Dr. Jerry Vallen. For more information and to buy tickets, visit Stoli Group to Represent Achaval Ferrer S toli Group USA has announced that it will exclusively repre- sent Achaval Ferrer wines of Argentina in the U.S. market. Achaval Ferrer, founded in 1998, is one of Argentina's premier producers and consis- tently achieves top rat- ings. Stoli Group USA is a wholly-owned entity of SPI Group, the spirits company that owns Stolichnaya Vodka, and which also acquired a majority stake in Achaval Ferrer in 2011. "We are thrilled to have this prestigious Argentine producer join our portfolio of vodkas from Stolichnaya," stated John Esposito, President of Stoli Group USA. "Achaval Ferrer fits nicely into our planned portfolio and sets the highest standard for Malbecs and Malbec blends." UNLVino founders Dr. Jerry Vallen and Larry Ruvo as interpreted by pop artist Romero Britto. Big News for Sammy's Beach Bar Rum Imperial Brands, the U.S. importer and marketer of Sobieski Vodka, announced today that it has signed an agreement with Sammy Hagar's newest premium spirit, Sammy's Beach Bar Rum. Imperial Brands will assume all sales responsibility in the U.S. and Canada for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame artist and entrepreneur's award-winning premium silver rum. "Our agreement with Sammy combines two powerhouse organizations to give consumers exactly what they want today in premium rum," said Chester Brandes, CEO of Imperial Brands. "I couldn't be more excited about working with Imperial Brands," says Hagar. "Together, we've got a team in place with a proven track record of success—and we're all excited to take Sammy's Beach Bar Rum to a national audience." PHOTO: JOHN CURLEY Finca Bella Vista, a highly acclaimed single vineyard wine from Achaval Ferrer. Patterson's The Tasting Panel Magazine Copy & Art Area (Live Matter) Also know as Safety Area 7.75 X 10.25 T Document Size & Final rim Size 8.375 X 10.875 Bleed Images / Art .125 off final trim size. 8.625 X 11.125 .3125 No Live Matter in this area! .3125 No Live Matter in this area! .3125 No Live Matter in this area! .3125 No Live Matter in this area! Pattersons Specs 4/5/07 11:47 AM Page 1 TP0414_001-33.indd 10 3/21/14 8:26 PM

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