The Tasting Panel magazine

May 2011

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THE MESSAGE Whether THE TASTING PANEL goes to the brand execs or the brands call us, there is an abundance of news to report, from the latest releases to behind-the-scenes experiences with some of the world’s most infl uential importers, winemakers, distillers . . . well, you name it. Brief Encounters We may not have enough pages in each issue to devote as much attention as we would like to each person whose path we cross, but please note that if it’s in the publication, we deem it noteworthy —Meridith May, Publisher & Executive Editor Florida Is 4 Orange! 4 Orange Vodka, the spirit with a founda- tion of Florida oranges, congratulated its Cocktail Challenge champ at this year’s South Beach event in Florida. U.S. Champion 2011 Max Solano created the South Beach Sling cocktail. ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ A Charitable Turn SOUTH BEACH SLING created by Max Solano 1½ oz. 4 Orange Vodka ¾ oz. Aperol 1¼ oz. Perfect Purée of Napa Valley Yuzu Luxe Sour 3 dashes Fee Brothers Rhubarb Bitters 2½ oz. Banfi Rosa Regale Brachetto d’Acqui (sparkling dessert wine) Garnish: long orange twist, brandied cherry Nick Stellino and Vince Berry. SWS’s Francesco Lafranconi; Chester Brandes, President and CEO, Imperial Brands, Inc.; Max Solano, Vodka Grove Stand. 18 / the tasting panel / may 201 1 Orange Vodka U.S. Champion 2011; Timo Sutinen, Vice President, Marketing and Business Development, Imperial Brands, Inc.; Candace Stanek, from the South Beach Orange ith all that’s going on in the world today, the work of organizations like the Red Cross is more important than ever. That’s why Vince Berry, Artesa Vineyards and Winery’s Director of Marketing, knew that it was important for the winery to help support the Red Cross of Santa Monica’s efforts as the offi cial wine sponsor for the chapter’s annual Red Tie Affair. Celebrity chef Nick Stellino was on hand to offer his best fare and, complemented by Artesa Napa Valley Pinot Noir and Carneros Chardonnay, the evening was a charitable success. —Rachel Burkons W

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