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December 2012

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INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT Richard Carleton Hacker Inducted as Master of the Quaich O n October 8, Richard Carleton Hacker, long time Contributing Editor on spirits for noted publications that include THE TASTING PANEL and Robb Report, among others, was honored by the Keepers of the Quaich���an exclusive society created in 1988 to honor individuals who have made signiicant contributions to the Scotch whisky industry���by being inducted as a Master of the Quaich. As such, he becomes one of only 154 individuals to hold the coveted title of Master, out of a worldwide membership of 2,172 Keepers. Janel Lubanski. Growing Trellis Richard Carleton Hacker. The formal ceremony in which Hacker was inducted was held at Blair Castle in Scotland. Membership in Keepers of the Quaich is by invitation. To be nominated for the more rariied title of Master of the Quaich, a nominee must be, according to the Keepers manifesto, ���a leading igure in the industry who has been exceptionally supportive in the ten years since becoming a Keeper and has made a considerable contribution to the Scotch whisky industry.��� The society takes its name from the two-handled drinking vessel described in ancient Gaelic as a ���cuach��� or quaich, and long associated with drinking Scotch whisky. Co-gh��irdeachas (congratulations), Richard! M arketing strategy company Trellis Growth Partners, LLC, is celebrating a new company name, expanded services and the promotion of Janel Lubanski to Project and Media Relations Manager. Lubanski brings six years of journalism experience and a strong communications, writing and social media background to Trellis Growth Partners. New Calabrian Wines Coming M id-range wines from a new Italian region will be hitting the U.S. shortly. Called Terre di Cosenza, it���s located in Calabria, the toe of the boot that is Italy. Terre di Cosenza just achieved DOP status (protected, denominated wine region) this year. The region���s export push is spearheaded by Demetrio Stancati, owner of Serracavallo winery. He brought several dozen other wineries along in his 20-year effort to classify native grapes, then upgrade the area���s vineyards and its winemaking. Now there are 50 wineries in the group, and their wines will probably retail for $10 and up. Though there are some white grapes here, the focus is on the native red grape Magliocco (mah-lee-O-ko), which makes a wine that falls literally in the sweet spot for one of the fastest-growing wine taste proiles in the U.S.: sweet red. While this wine can be made sweet or dry, even the dry Maglioccos seem appealingly, fruitily sweet. ���Becky Sue Epstein 12 / the tasting panel / december 2012 701001_P

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