The Tasting Panel magazine

September 2012

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contents 123 Ryan Tedder, elected Texas's Best Sommelier at this year's TEXSOM, brushes up on his wine knowledge. DEPARTMENTS 10 Industry Spotlight 16 Brief Encounters 20 Tales Talk 22 Steven Spurrier's Letter from London 24 Scotch Report 26 American Whiskey with Fred Minnick 28 San Fran Insider 30 New York City Sips 32 On-Premise Patter: Irish Whiskey Public House 34 Agri-Food-Culture 36 Wine News 38 Events: Santa Maria Barbecue 40 Meet the Somm: Stuart Roy of Smith & Wollensky 42 Las Vegas 44 Hot Property: Chicago's theWit 46 Whiskey & Food 52 Nose-ables 60 Blue Reviews 64 Publisher's Picks 66 Gadd's Sixpack 68 Appellations: Castilla–La Mancha Road Show 70 On-Premise Patter: Four Seasons Baltimore 88 Hospitality & The Drink 96 Under Construction at Charles Krug Winery 101 Intro-Vinous: Josh Klapper 112 Tales of the Cocktail Recap 116 The Ambassador's Craft 118 Varietals: Lake County Sauvignon Blanc 119 Industry Golf Tourney 122 Chef Talk: Kevin Davis of Blueacre Seafood 126 Alternative Beverages 127 Intro-Vinous: Frenchie 128 Terroirs: Lodi's Old-Vine Cinsault 130 Nobu Drinks 8 / the tasting panel / september 2012 | September 2012 Vol. 70 No. 9 COVER STORY 56 SPIRITS OF SUCCESS William Grant & Sons Builds a Portfolio That's Taking the Industry by Storm SPECIAL SECTION 71 RESULTS OF THE 2012 SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION UP FRONT 5 WILD, WICKED WEBER Luna Malvada Tequila Breaks Into New Tequila Terroir FEATURES 48 GOING FOR THE GOLD Karlsson's Gold Sets a World Standard for Vodka 54 COMFORT CONTEMPORIZED Cockburn's Port is Brought Up-to-Date for a New Audience 90 REPOSADO RHYTHM Tequila's "Middle Expression" Offers the Best of Both Worlds 98 NEW FACES OF RIOJA The Traditional Spanish Region Modernizes to Widen Its Global Appeal 102 ENDLESS SUMMER Our Chicago Speed Tasting Sports White Spirits after Labor Day 123 DAZED AND CONFUSED TEXSOM Showcases Texas Sommelier Talent in a Grueling Competition PHOTO: KIRK WEDDLE

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