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2010: Year of the Woman in Wine & Spirits

Tasting Panel Editorial Staff
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, somms and wine directors, sales and marketing mavens, and many others.

Look for special features throughout the year, kicking off with the cover story of our combined January/February 2010 issue.

"Woman have made invaluable contributions to our industry for decades, but now, more than ever, they are leading the way in both wine and spirits," says TASTING PANEL Publisher and Executive Editor Meridith May. "We are proud to honor the amazing women who are tops in their chosen fields and who contribute so much to the wine and spirits industry."

If you know a woman in wine or spirits who you feel deserves recognition in the pages of THE TASTING PANEL during 2010, please contact Meridith May at 818-990-0350 or email


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 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 (

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 ( to make arrangements.

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