The Tasting Panel magazine

December 2012

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FRIENDLY COMPETITION A ���Golden��� Ticket SWS HELPS AN ICONIC O.C. RESTAURANT CELEBRATE ITS NEW LIQUOR LICENSE by Rich Manning / photos by Leigh Castelli A s an Orange County resident, I really don���t need an excuse to drop by The Golden Truf���e in Costa Mesa, CA. However, the award-winning restaurant gave me one anyway when they invited me to help christen their brandspanking-new liquor license by judging a special cocktail contest between Southern Wine and Spirits reps Jay Frerking and Tim Sample on November 8. Interspersed among chef Alan Greeley���s sumptuous bites���you wish your mom made a chicken pot pie as good as his���four other judges and I indulged in three pairs of rep-made concoctions featuring three different spirits: Caliche Rum, Death���s Door Gin and Don Q Gold Rum. While Sample made the tastiest creation of the evening���a creamy, seasonally-charged potable called The Alejandro��� Frerking took the battle by a solid margin. All matters of winning aside, the competition ultimately proved that both Sample and Frerking possess a product knowledge that is indeed rather intimate. North County vs. South County: Southern Wine & Spirits North Orange County Division Manager Tim Sample and South Orange County Division Manager Jay Frerking, the two combatants in The Golden Tru���e���s cocktail contest. 132 / the tasting panel / december 2012 Serralles brands Caliche Rum, Death���s Door Gin, and Don Q Gold Rum were the contest���s three featured libations.

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