The Tasting Panel magazine

August 2016

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10  /  the tasting panel  /  august 2016 INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT Meet Our New East Coast Editor! M ulti-faceted wine and spirits journalist David Ransom is a writer, speaker and educator whose work spans print, web and radio. In addition to his duties as the East Coast Editor for The Tasting Panel Magazine, The Somm Journal and The Clever Root, he serves as Editor of The Connected Table, a wine, food and travel site. Additionally, David is host of the top-rated national radio show The Connected Table LIVE!, which he hosts with partner Melanie Young. A Board Member of the prestigious Wine Media Guild, David is a sought-after speaker on wine and spirits. He also judges wine and spirits competitions, and served as managing Wine Director for the prestigious James Beard Awards from 2003 to 2006. A lifelong member of the wine industry, David got his start as co-founder of New York State's legendary Rivendell Winery, now sold, which he ran with his family for many years. David and his wife, author Melanie Young, currently reside in New York's beautiful Hudson Valley with their canine wine and spirits industry oracle, Sazerac, whose Twitter feed— @SazeracSays—has more follow- ers than David's. To read David Ransom's first column, check out page 22. Fashion Forward T he first ever RumChata Foundation Post-Graduate Fellowship for Fashion Design was presented recently as part of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's annual fashion exhibition. The $20,000 fellow- ship was presented to Benjamin Larose and will allow him to continue his fashion design work professionally beyond his Master of Design graduate studies. The RumChata Foundation introduced the award to celebrate the passion and drive it takes to create and bring to life an idea that started from one's imagination and vision.

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