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2010 WSWA Wine and Spirits Competition Winners!

2010 WSWA Wine and Spirits Competition Winners!

The results of the 2010 Wine and Spirits Competitions at WSWA have been announced! Read More ==>

Distilled Spirits Council Launches Craft Distiller Membership for Small Producers

Distilled Spirits Council Launches Craft Distiller Membership for Small Producers

The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) today announced a new Craft Distiller Affiliate Membership program designed to organize the growing number of small distilled spirits producers across the nation and alert them to public policy issues affecting the industry at every level of government. Read More ==>

Leblon Cachaça Launches "Caipi Hours"

Leblon Cachaça Launches "Caipi Hours"

Americans will be tippling to a samba beat, thanks to “Caipi Hours” that will bring Brazil’s classic cocktail, the Caipirinha (pronounced “kai-pur-EEN-ya”), to top watering holes and restaurants around the country, including New York, Miami, Chicago and Los Angeles.

Created by Leblon, Brazil’s premium, handcrafted Cachaça (pronounced “ka-SHA-sa”), “Caipi Hours” will feature authentic Caipirinhas made with freshly muddled limes, sugar and Leblon Cachaça at special prices, along with music and a friendly party atmosphere. The promotion begins February 12, 2010 in major U.S. cities to coincide with the start of Brazilian Carnaval, which will continue until the end of Summer 2010. 
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CIA Launches New Wine and Beverage Certificate Program in Napa Valley

CIA Launches New Wine and Beverage Certificate Program in Napa Valley

A newWine and Beverage Certificate Program has been introduced at The Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley. Classes will train graduates for careers in the fast-growing wine and beverage sectors of the food service industry. Read More ==>

Meridith May is Pinky's "Woman of the Month"

Meridith May is Pinky's "Woman of the Month"

Pinky vodka has selected THE TASTING PANEL's Publisher and Executive Editor, Meridith May, as "Woman of the Month." Read More ==>

2010: Year of the Woman in Wine & Spirits

2010: Year of the Woman in Wine & Spirits

THE TASTING PANEL has declared 2010 "The Year of the Woman in Wine & Spirits"! All year long, our magazine and website will feature worthy women who have contributed to the wine and spirits industry—winemakers, spirits producers and distillers, mixologists, somms and wine directors, sales and marketing mavens, and many others. Read More ==>

Tony Abou-Ganim Becomes Director of Judging for SFWSC

Tony Abou-Ganim Becomes Director of Judging for SFWSC

With a palate able to distinguish characteristics of individual single malt whiskies and a comprehensive knowledge of the history of spirits and the origins of many cocktails, one of the most sought-after mixologists in the world, Tony Abou-Ganim, has been selected to be Director of Judging at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, an appointment that will elevate the reputation of the competition to a whole new level. Read More ==>

Eyes Turned Skyward

Stefano’s da Vinci Ristorante guides a flight path towards success
 
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The Crystal Empire

Riedel Sparkles on their 250th Anniversary Read More ==>

Sizing Up Ku Soju is a Deal Maker at Biggs

From the moment you walk through the hand-painted retro doors at Biggs, there is an instant recognition of style and panache.  Read More ==>

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What is THE TASTING PANEL?

THE TASTING PANEL Magazine is the nation's fastest-growing and most widely read trade publication for the alcoholic beverage industry. We have a readership of 90,000+ beverage industry insiders, including mixologists and bartenders, hotel F&B personnel, restaurateurs and wine directors, wine and spirits producers, suppliers, importers, distributors and retailers.

Who writes for THE TASTING PANEL?

We have an international network of experienced editors and writers who cover all aspects of the beverage trade, with a focus on today's most happening brands and the people who produce and use them.  Our stable of writers and photographers can and do cover stories across the country and abroad.

Do you accept freelance pitches?

We are not accepting freelance pitches at this time. However, if you are an experienced wine and/or spirits writer and have an interest in being assigned stories, you may send an email query and published writing samples to mmay@tastingpanelmag.com and you may be considered for upcoming assignments in your area of expertise or geographic locale, depending on our editorial needs.

How can I have my spirits brand or wine reviewed or otherwise featured in THE TASTING PANEL?

We accept samples year-round for consideration for possible review in both Meridith May's "Publisher's Picks" column and Anthony Dias Blue's "Blue Reviews" column. Please see our Sample Submission Guidelines.

If you are interested in having your brand covered in a custom feature story, contact our VP of Marketing and Advertising, Bill Brandel (bill@tastingpanelmag.com).

Do you host visiting spirits producers and winemakers?

We do often meet with winemakers visiting the Los Angeles area and taste with them in the tasting room in our offices in Encino. Please contact Meridith May (mmay@tastingpanelmag.com) to make arrangements.

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