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May 2016

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10  /  the tasting panel  /  may 2016 INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT A Sweet Pair F rom May 1 to 22, Sprinkles Cupcakes will be serving Casamigos Margarita cupcakes. This key lime cake is loaded with Casamigos Blanco Tequila and topped with key lime frosting. George Clooney and Rande Gerber's award-winning Casamigos Tequila is a small batch ultra- premium tequila made from the finest, hand-selected 100% Blue Weber agaves, grown in the rich, red clay soil of the Highlands of Jalisco, Mexico. C M Y CM MY CY CMY K Book Review A fter starting and maintaining a blog called, Cathy Huyghe truly began to see the world through the lens of a glass of wine. Having earned a degree in journalism from Harvard, Huyghe knew she wanted to write profes- sionally about wine and set her sights on doing just that. From the beginning pledges of this book, in which Huyghe states that "people in wine matter most" through all 12 chapters chronicling real life stories—like waiting too long to enjoy a wine that it passes its peak, or the story of a couple in Portland emulating ancient traditions from Beaune, to economic struggles facing Grecian producers and tales from Italy, Spain and South Africa— Hungry For Wine (Provisions Press, $21) offers a compelling take on the people of the wine industry, brought to life through Huyghe's "bound- less curiosity" of the good and evils of the wine business. —Jonathan Cristaldi Saying Goodbye C reator of St-Germain, Robert J. Cooper passed away late last month at the age of 39. He launched his beloved elderflower liqueur in 2007. After selling the brand to Bacardi Ltd. in 2012, he went on to develop Crème Yvette, a berry-violet liqueur; Hochstadter's Slow & Low Rock & Rye; and Lock Stock & Barrel, a 13-year- old straight rye whiskey. He is survived by his wife, Kaitrin, and their two children, William and Charlotte. A Legendary Family T he world's foremost gathering of Chardonnay producers, sommeliers, media, industry leaders and wine enthusiasts, The International Chardonnay Symposium will bestow its first ever Legendary Family of Chardonnay Award to Wente Family Estates at the Symposium May 12–14. In addition to their groundbreaking work with Chardonnay clones, this year the Wente family celebrates the 80th anniversary of bottling the nation's first varietally-labeled Chardonnay, a 1936 vintage.

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