The Tasting Panel magazine

October 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 House Band Wines I magine a wine portfolio that fi ts into the rock lifestyle of nightclubs, bars and music venues. Such is the case with Patrick Krutz, a wine- maker/négociant who has created a (wine) label for (record) labels and on-premise calls. You can read more about House Band in our Rhône Rendezvous story on page 70. Farm-to-Table Whisky? Alex Nicol, Managing Director of Joel Quigley (left) handles marketing and PR for House Band Wines, and far right is Patrick Krutz, winemaker and founder of the label. They are pictured with members of the L.A.-based band Capra and two lovely models at the Redbury Hotel in Hollywood to celebrate Fashion Business Inc. 16 / the tasting panel / october 201 1 Spencerfi eld Spirit of Scotland, re-intro- duces us to Sheep Dip and Pig's Nose whiskies on a recent visit to Los Angeles. The brands are now imported by Frederick Wildman & Sons. PHOTO: MERIDITH MAY PHOTO: A & R WORLDWIDE

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