The Tasting Panel magazine

June 2015

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100  /  the tasting panel  /  june 2015 EVENT RECAP A smorgasbord of delicious libations and culinary creations awaited me at Highball & Harvest, a cozy, farm-to-table, Southern-themed eatery, tucked below the swanky halls of the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes Resort in Orlando. Sponsored by Park Street and hosted by THE TASTING PANEL and The SOMM Journal, the dinner deliciously precluded the 72nd Annual Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America Convention & Exposition, a sprawling trade show with over 2,300 attendees, 270 exhibitors and countless examples of some of the hottest wine and spirit brands on the market. Call it Disneyland for imbibing adults. I arrived ready to dive into the four course tasting menu by Chef Mark Jeffers, designed to accompany a selection of Park Street's premier alcoholic beverage brands, including Grand Teton Vodka, House of Mandela wines, Atlantico Rum, Kelt Ocean Matured Cognac and Mandarine Napoléon liqueur. HOT BRANDS MAKE FOR HEAVENLY PAIRINGS AT THE TASTING PANEL / THE SOMM JOURNAL DINNER AT THE 72ND ANNUAL WSWA CONFERENCE & EXPO Highballin' Down Park Street Thirty guests, including journalists, sommeliers and beverage industry profession- als, attended the Park Street Dinner at Highball & Harvest in Orlando, FL. by Cliff Rames / photos by Bruce Wilson

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