The Tasting Panel magazine

October 2012

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Marketplace Welcome to THE TASTING PANEL's Marketplace, where you'll find everything you need to keep your customers coming back for more, your gourmet experience top-notch and your service as fresh and innovative as possible. From funky and fun to so-useful-you-don't-know-how-you-lived-without-it, we've got a little bit of everything here, so start your engines and get shopping! by Rachel Burkons Sweet Sensations Whether you're a restaurant piping out high- quality pastries or a gourmet boutique offering the latest cocoa confections, Santa Barbara Chocolate Co. has the chocolate for you. From delectable truffles in pretty packages, to bulk chocolate buttons perfect for melting into a sweet- dreamy masterpiece, Santa Barbara Chocolate Co. offers organic, California-grown chocolates that are pure, rich and decadent. Wholesale pricing is available for on-premise bulk use, and we think there are fewer things more enjoyable than opening up a box of chocolate truffles to see the array of goodies inside. Here's a perk: While boxes of chocolate usually contain at least one cringe- inducing dud, these gift-wrapped boxes of heaven are pure enjoyment, bite after bite. Trust us—we sampled every one. 122 / the tasting panel / october 2012 Just Add Water for Wine Wine and tea may not be categories you instantly think of combining, but they're not so different from each other. From nuanced, delicate flavors, to enticing aromatics and texture and tannins, tea and wine have a great deal in common. So it's a logical jump to Vintage TeaWorks, a line of wine-inspired teas that project a wine's style with natural elegance—not artificial flavors intended to mimic vino. From a white tea inspired by Riesling (hello, honeysuckle-jasmine aromatics), to a rooibos that recalls the light fruitiness of Pinot Noir, these loose-leaf teas are exciting and enticing, with pretty packaging to boot. A perfect way to end a well- paired meal or an ideal option for when you're craving the luscious flavors of Merlot…at 10 a.m.

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