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April 2010

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PANEL SELECTED CONTRIBUTORS IAN BUXTON works in Scotland as whisky consultant, writer and organiser of the World Whiskies Conference. He is a Keeper of the Quaich and owns his own distillery (sadly derelict and abandoned). RICHARD CARLETON HACKER is an internation- ally recognized authority on wines, spirits, cigars and related luxury lifestyles, and is a contributing writer for magazines that include Robb Report, Playboy, Smoke and The Quarterly Review of Wines. He has authored eleven books, is a lifetime member of the Keeper of the Quaich and the Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne and was knighted in Germany. DAEDALUS HOWELL makes media with DHowell Media Group, a creative mash-up of a think tank, an ad agency, a sketch comedy troupe, a rock band and a film studio. Visit him at FRED MINNICK is a professional writer and photog- rapher based in Louisville, KY. He covers a wide range of topics, but his passions are food, wine and spirits. He has covered the Iraq War, sports and general news. Minnick has contributed to MSN, Investor’s Business Daily, and several restaurant trade publications. View his work at BRUCE SCHOENFELD is the Wine & Spirits Editor of Travel + Leisure magazine. His work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, Outside, Saveur, Gourmet, Sports Illustrated and many other national and international publications. He lives in Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and two sons. MARIA SCHRIBER lives and works in Los Angeles. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Brown University and her Master’s of Fine Arts from the California Institute of the Arts. Her work can be viewed at www.mariaschriber. com. Maria loves to travel and considers all of the places she’s been—from Singapore to Nashville—as part of her identity, especially when she shoots. our cover photo SHELBIE KAWAIAEA, cocktail server at the N9NE Group’s Playboy Club in Las Vegas, poses with the new shot-ready HARLEM Kruiden Liqueur. Published monthly with combined January and February issues ISSN# 2153-0122 USPS 476-430 Chairman/CEO: Anthony Dias Blue President/COO: Meridith May Vice President: David Gadd Subscription Rate: $36 One Year ; $60 Two Years; Single Copy: $3.95 For all subscriptions, email: Periodicals Postage Paid at Van Nuys and at additional mailing offices Devoted to the interests and welfare of United States restaurant and retail store licensees, wholesalers, impor ters and manufacturers in the beverage industry. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: The Tasting Panel Magazine 15335 Morrison Street, Suite 345, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403, 818-990-0350 ©2010 The Tasting Panel magazine. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or par t without written permission is prohibited. editor in chief Anthony Dias Blue publisher / executive editor Meridith May 818-990-0350 managing editor David Gadd senior art director James McManus east coast editor Lana Bor tolot northern california editor Deborah Parker Wong texas editor Anthony Head london correspondent Steve Spurrier contributing editors Tony Abou-Ganim, Becky Sue Epstein, Richard Carleton Hacker, Rudy Maxa, Merrill Shindler operations manager Cecilia Loschin associate editor Rachel Burkons marketing + events director Allison Levine assistant executive editor Nicolette Teo sales account manager Tiffany Gardner contributors Jenny Adams, Ian Buxton, Michael Cervin, Ronda Churchill, Eric Davison, Deborah Denker, Bob Dickey, Peter Griffith, Richard Carleton Hacker, Daedalus Howell, Andy Katz, Flora Kontilis, Karen Loftus, Fred Minnick, Bruce Schoenfeld, Maria Schriber, Stacey Taxin, Eric Tecosky, Kirk Weddle, Doug Young april 2010 / the tasting panel / THE

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