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Seven Master Sommeliers

The Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas ™ is proud to welcome seven members to the organization: Nick Davis, Medium Plus, Seattle, WA; Mariya Kovacheva, Pernod Ricard, West Palm Beach, FL; Justin Moore, Vetri Cucina, Las Vegas, NV; Vincent Morrow, ONE65, San Francisco, CA; Joshua Orr, Broadbent Selections, San Diego, CA; Jeremy Shanker, Michael Mina, San Francisco, CA; and Jill Zimorski, Champagne Specialist Representing Moet Hennessy Champagne Portfolio, Chicago, IL.

Recently 150 individuals from 22 states and Canada attempted the Master Sommelier Diploma Examination proctored by the Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas. The seven noted above, successfully displayed mastery and met the qualification to be awarded the title Master Sommelier. The results were announced at the Krug Reception on September 11th at the Four Seasons Resort in St. Louis, Missouri. “The examinations are an opportunity for our candidates to shine as they demonstrate their mastery of our beverage service industry,” said Devon Broglie, MS, Chairman of the Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas. “It is inspiring to see their dedication to rigorous study and preparation on display during the examination days.”

Following the celebration of our new members, Broglie reflected on the challenges facing the organization and thanked the Examination Committee for its tireless work to provide a rigorous, exacting and fair examination consistent with the Court’s peerless Master Sommelier credential. “We have made great strides to become a stronger organization over the past year,” Broglie said. “We have improved the security of our examinations, strengthened our ethical principles, and we continue our commitment to leading the industry with integrity as we celebrate new Master Sommeliers and mentor all those still striving to attain the goal.”

The Master Sommelier Diploma is the highest distinction a professional can attain in the beverage service industry. The Master Sommelier Diploma Examination consists of three sections: a verbal theory examination, a wine assessment exercise using the Deductive Tasting Method, and a practical component that focuses on hospitality, beverage service, salesmanship, and overall business acumen. Candidates must receive passing scores in each section to earn the highly coveted Master Sommelier title.

“The Master Sommelier Diploma Examination is extremely demanding.  We applaud the efforts of all candidates who sat this fair and rigorous examination,” Broglie said. “Today we celebrate the success of these seven new Master Sommeliers and continue our commitment to mentor all candidates on their path to success as we chart the course for current and future Master Sommeliers worldwide.”

Red Wine, 360 MAGAZINE

4 Best Red Wine Labels to Find Your Sweetest Spot 

What is the best red wine? It may come as one of the most challenging questions you ask yourself as you are standing in a shelf of wine choices. Take note that red wines come in various styles. It also came from different regions, and you must fully understand that history of red wine to get the right label you wanted to drink. 

Red wine, in general, is a real superstar when it comes to formal party celebrations. Most wine lovers prefer red wine because it pairs well with pork, beef, and lamb. They also come in different intensity, which offers your palate with a wide array of flavors to taste. 

In this article, we would like to give you the best red wine labels to find your sweetest spot when it comes to flavor and taste. These red wine labels will assure you a perfect balance and texture compared to other wine labels you find in the market. 

Red Bordeaux Blend Wines 

Bordeaux region is the world’s leading wine producers in history. They are the first region to nourish exclusive grape varietals. It is used to craft vintage red wines and other notable wine labels that made an impressive impact to each consumer. 

Bordeaux regions have also produced some of the best red wine labels like Sokolin Red wine. Rest assured that you will never go wrong in choosing these types of red wines. The vibrant intensity of this wine accompanied by purest elements used will surely explode in your taste buds creating a great sense of flavor and satisfaction. 

Pinot Noir Wines 

Pinot Noir wines are another red wine labels you can choose. It is one of the best grape varietals that come with many usages. It is even used to craft Sparkling wines that made a historical impact to all wine lovers in the world. 

These types of grape varietals are sensitive to the location’s climate and topography. Thus, it is found only in selected winery regions. Burgundy and California are the top two Pinot Noir wine-producing regions that make these elegant red wine labels. 

Merlot Wines

Bordeaux regions possess another premier red wine blends by the name of Merlot wines. Take note that it is the only grape varietal that can compete well with Cabernet Sauvignon when it comes to taste. They are also called as the most versatile type of red wine since they can pair with various dishes in food pairing activities. 

Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon comprises the largest area of vineyards in Bordeaux. Most of the red wine labels produced in this area use this kind of grape. Choosing a Cabernet Sauvignon red wine label can surely give you ultimate satisfaction when it comes to red wines. You can surely bring your wine tasting experience to a whole new level when you opt to drink this wine. 

LA Times, The Taste 2019, The Taste LA, Vaughn Lowery, 360 MAGAZINE

LA Times The Taste

By Vaughn Lowery × Krish Narsinghani

The Taste LA‘s 10th anniversary didn’t disappoint. Held at the legendary Paramount Studios on Gower and Melrose in Hollywood. Opening night was nothing short of whimsical. Canopy lights draped the movie lot as people pranced throughout the evening with sips and bite-sized dishes in tow. The soon-to-be iconic event is hosted by the LA Times. If you’re seeking a savory night out with influential foodies, then this is your place.

Throughout the three day experience, various restaurants rotated booths to serve small bites and spirits. 360 Magazine favorites included Castaway, McConnel’s Fine Ice Creams and RiceBox. VIP ticket holders had access to an additional plethora of wines, lounge area and a personalized wine glass crafted by Signature Hand Engraving.

Ticket prices ranged from $115 to $200 USD for a VIP experience. Passes are all-inclusive and good for unlimited food, beer, wine and spirits tastings, plus all stage activities (including cooking demonstrations). The Taste 2019 left foodies satisfied and dreaming of LA’s hottest restaurants.

Red Wine, 360 MAGAZINE

Wine Enthusiast Announces 40 Under 40 Tastemakers of 2019

 

  1.  Morgan First, Founder, Rosè Mansion New York, New York.
  2. Shoshana Filene, Business Development Manager/Senior Wine Specialist, Zachys Wine Auctions White,  Plains, New York.
  3. Jack Hendler, Co-Owner/Head Brewer Jack’s Abby Brewing, LLC  (Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers and Springdale Beer) Framingham, Massachusetts.
  4. Todd Cavallo, Owner / Winemaker Wild Arc Farm Pine Bush, New York.
  5. Brian Polen, Co-Founder & President Brooklyn Kura Brooklyn, New York.
  6. Paul Brady, New York Wines Brand Ambassador New York Wine & Grape Foundation Brooklyn, New York.
  7. Leslie Merinoff, Co-Founder /Co-Distiller Matchbook Distilling Co., The Lin Beach House, Days Like These Matchbook Distilling Co.
  8. Tara Empson, CEO Empson&Co/ Empson USA/ Empson Canada  USA Alexandria VA/ IT Milano/ CAN Calgary.
  9. Sam Filler, Executive Director New York Wine and Grape Foundation Penn Yan, New York.
  10. Cha McCoy, Founder/ Event Sommelier Cha Squared Hospitality & Consulting, LLC and creator of the wine dinner event series ‘The Communion’ New York, New York & Lisbon, Portugal.
  11. Andrea Morris, Beverage Director Union Square Hospitality Group New York City, New York 
  12. Gabriel Urrutia, Author, Miami Cocktails: An Elegant Collection of over 100 Recipes Inspired by the Magic City. Co-founder, DRINK Miami. Bacardi Single Malts Ambassador, TEAM Enterprises. self-employed, TEAM Enterprises Miami, Florida.
  13. Jamie Graves, Japanese Beverage Portfolio Manager Skurnik Wines & Spirits New York, New York.
  14. Álvarode la Viña, Importer Selections de la Viña Brooklyn, New York.
  15. Naomi Levy, Lead Bartender Better Sorts Social Club Boston, Massachusetts.  
  16. Day Bracey Host/Founder Drinking Partners/Fresh Fest Beer Fest Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 
  17. Edward Bailey, Co Host Drinking Partners Podcast Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  18. Amanda Wittstrom, Higgins VP of Operations Ancient Peaks Winery Santa Margarita, California.
  19. Matthew Kaner, Wine Director & Partner Bar Covell | Augustine Wine Bar | Good Measure | AM/FM Wines | Solovin Wine Club Los Angeles, California.
  20. Maayan Koschitzky, Director of Winemaking/Partner Atelier Melka Napa Valley , California.
  21. Christine Clair, Winery Director Willamette Valley Vineyards Turner, Oregon.
  22. Andréa McBride -John, CEO and Co-Founder McBride Sisters Wines California.
  23. John House, Co-owner/winemaker @ OVUMOVUM, Les Caves PDX (co-owner), La Luz Selections (co-owner) Portland, Oregon.
  24. Geoffrey McFarlane, CEO Winc, Los Angeles, California. 
  25. Chip Forsythe, Winemaker & CEO Rebel Coast Winery Oakland, California.
  26. Jennifer Reichardt, owner and winemaker ( for the family business the COO) Raft Wines (family business, Liberty Ducks – it’s a food and wine extravaganza everyday) Santa Rosa, California (the ducks are in Petaluma).
  27. Kirk Wiles, CEO / Founder Paradise Springs Winery Clifton, Virginia and Santa Barbara, California.
  28. Sebastian Donoso, Winemaker,Fringe Collective Fringe Collective Wines Hopland, California
  29. Ksenija Kostic, HouseCo-Owner/winemaker at Ovum wines, assistant winemaker at Argyle winery Ovum wines, Argyle winery Newberg, Oregon.
  30. Elizabeth Bourcier, Assistant Vigneronne Cayuse Vineyards, Proprietor La Rata Wines Cayuse Vineyards Walla Walla, Washington.
  31. Sarah Cahn Bennett, Co-Owner / Navarro Vineyards & Winemaker / Pennyroyal Farm Navarro Vineyards & Pennyroyal Farm Boonville, California.
  32. Paul Gospodarczyk, Winemaking Professor & Director Napa Valley College Napa, California.
  33. Jamie Benziger, Winemaker, The Wine Group Glen Ellen, California.
  34. Carlin Karr, Wine Director, Frasca Food and Wine/ Tavernetta/ Pizzeria Locale,Boulder Frasca Food and Wine,Inc Boulder, CO & Denver, Colorado.
  35. Richard Hanauer, Partner & Wine Director,RPM Restaurants / Bar Ramone Chicago,Illinois.  
  36. Alex Negranza, Director of Operations, (Partner),Tongue-Cut Sparrow, The Pastry War, Nightingale Room, (Penny Quarter- Opening June 2019),Houston, Texas.
  37. Alexandra Minton, Wine Director QED Hospitality New Orleans, Louisiana.
  38. Ashtin Berry, Hospitality Activist, Content Pioneer of Radical Xchange,myself, New Orleans, Louisiana.
  39. Alexis Brown, Co-Founder/Director Causing A Stir Chicago, Illinois.
  40. Erin James, Editor-in-chiefSip Publishing (publisher of Sip Northwest and Cidercraft magazines)Seattle, Washington.

2019 TCM HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

Introducing a delicious way to combine two of life’s great pleasures. Start by saving over $100 on 12 expertly selected wines. You’ll enjoy top-estate releases from California, Italy, Spain and beyond – and with this remarkable offer you’ll pay only $79.99.

As an added bonus, you’ll receive three free classic movie reds (worth $57.97): Café Zoetrope is a rich Cabernet Sauvignon from the acclaimed estate of Francis Ford Coppola; Alfred Hitchcock presents a deliciously spicy Zinfandel and Orson Welles Signature Selection Merlot is a smooth, complex delight.

Just as Turner Classic Movies showcases must-see cinema, the TCM Wine Club curates must-try bottles from outstanding small estates worldwide.

More information and order form here

 

Now Serving Punch & Savory Eclairs in the Garden

The second half of summer is heating up and Brix Napa Valley is pleased to announce its new “Punch Time,” served daily from 4 p.m. to sunset. Guests can enjoy punch crafted by Randy Languerand who draws upon the organically-farmed Brix garden to craft his own concoctions and syrups. The tasty and refreshing punch is served in a variety of sizes and paired with savory eclairs – perfect for a foursome or a large party.

PUNCH BOWLS – Decanter 750ml $32 | Punch Bowl 1.5L $59 | The Big Bowl 3L $110

THE KELLEHER KICKER – kelleher family vineyards sauvignon blanc, citron vodka, lime, wildflower syrup, lychee puree

THE FLOWER GARDEN – lemongrass ensued zaya, orange oleo, spiced pineapple syrup, lychee puree

MAYACAMAS VIEW – benhams sonoma dry gin, grapefruit oleo, rosemary infused campari, lemon, fentiman’s botanical tonic

THYME TO UNWIND – redemption bourbon, meyer lemon thyme cordial, orange blossom honey, lemon juice

CHARBAY WITH PASSION – charbay original vodka, passion fruit puree, mango puree, strawberry shrub, orange juice

SAVORY ECLAIRS

GREEN, EGGS & HAM

CAPRESE – aged balsamic

DUCK LIVER – huckleberries

Kendall Jackson, White Wine Emoji, 360 MAGAZINE

WHITE WINE EMOJI

THE WHITE WINE EMOJI WILL NEED TO CONTINUE TO AGE

Kendall-Jackson, the iconic leader of California Chardonnay, and the dozens of other supporting wine partners will have to wait a bit longer to toast its newest wine release, a White Wine Emoji

Kendall-Jackson’s 19-page proposal for a White Wine Emoji, now in its third draft, was up for review by the Unicode Technical Committee (UTC) at their July meeting held on the Microsoft Campus in Redmond, WA.  However, the White Wine Emoji will need more time to age – official meeting notes released from the UTC states that they will, “Continue to consider ‘white wine’ emoji for future addition,” and has a UTC Action Item, 160-A43, to do precisely that.

“The debate actually centers around color, not wine,” says Maggie Curry, Director of Marketing for Kendall-Jackson.  “Since a red wine emoji already exists, the white wine emoji is seen as a color variation and adding color variation to an emoji is proving more complex because the Unicode standard is not fully defined.”  With the UTC tasked at protecting the global keyboard, the addition of white wine has to be carefully considered, as it might open the door to many emoji color variations (Rosé wine for example, shades of beer, or even different color animals).

Kendall-Jackson vows to continue leading their efforts and global movement, and are hopeful to see progress on the proposal soon.  “The white wine emoji effort has garnered enthusiasm from around the globe, and we continue to refine our proposal to support the white wine emoji,” says Maggie Curry, Director of Marketing for Kendall-Jackson. 

Kendall-Jackson is currently updating their proposal for a fourth time, adding additional research that proves white wine as a necessary addition beyond red wine for emoji communication based on global use, economy, culture and industry.   

“For example, white wine is paramount in regions such as Alto Adige with Pinot Grigio, Mosel with Riesling, and Sancerre with Sauvignon Blanc, and there is currently no way to communicate by symbol when it comes to wine in those geographies,” says Curry “What started as a fun idea has now turned into a complex effort for Kendall-Jackson, the wine community, and wine fans around the globe.”

Kendall-Jackson and their global partners encourage the wine community to continue to call for the white wine emoji by using #WhiteWineEmoji on their social channels, which is easily tracked by Unicode to show global want and need.

As Pliny the Elder once said, “In vino veritas” (in wine there is truth), and Kendall-Jackson continues to push for wine symbol color variation to convey truth in the modern wine communication zeitgeist.  

About Kendall-Jackson Winery
Kendall-Jackson is one of America’s most beloved family-owned and operated wineries. Founded by entrepreneur and visionary Jess Jackson in 1982, and now led by his wife Barbara Banke and the second and third generation of the Jackson Family, Kendall-Jackson is based in Sonoma County and offers a range of acclaimed wines grown on estate vineyards along the coastal ridges of California. A leader in sustainable vineyard and winery practices, including water and energy conservation and natural pest control, 100 percent of Kendall-Jackson’s vineyards in California are third party certified by SIP (Sustainable in Practice) and CCSW (Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing). Kendall-Jackson was recently named 2017 Winery of the Year by Wine Enthusiast Magazine, recognized as a benchmark in the wine industry. The winery’s seminal wine, the Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay, has been America’s favorite Chardonnay for the past 25 years, and the 2015 vintage was ranked No. 28 on Wine Spectator’s Top 100 list in 2017. Learn more online at www.kj.com, and follow Kendall-Jackson on FacebookTwitter or Instagram.

NEW Mini Sparkling Rosé and Prosecco Superiore

Santa Margherita Sparkling Rosé (375ML half-bottle)

A pink hue introduces a subtle succession of floral fragrances lifted by white fruits and delicate hints of red berry fruits, while offering a versatile drinking experience. (MSRP: $17.99 // Buy here.

Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore DOCG (375ML half-bottle)

A sparkling wine with a clean, pleasantly fruity bouquet, reminiscent of rennet apples and peach blossom. Its flavor is rounded and well-balanced. (MSRP: $14.99 // Buy here.

Fresh Craft Cocktails

Pink Sangre

Rose infused citrus spritz with mango chunks and crushed wild berries and sweetened with passionfruit puree and agave. Shaken and strained, and garnished with a lemon wheel.

The Heirloom Pear

Green pears and marinate in white wine. Add mint, 2oz green apple puree. Shake over ice, strain, topped with prosecco. Pour in kedem Chablis and garnished fresh pear heart.

Refreshing craft cocktails from new Upper West Side hot spot Arba. With a Mediterranean-focused menu and variety of kosher and gluten free offerings, Abra fashions seven signature cocktails with flavors of apricot, fig, lavender and pomegranate each with different vitamins and various health benefits.

SARAH JESSICA PARKER’S NEW WINE “INVIVO X, SJP”

SARAH JESSICA PARKER’S NEW WINE “INVIVO X, SJP” WILL HIT STORES ON SEPTEMBER 18, 2019

The Sauvignon Blanc will be Available Globally & is the First Wine to Launch from her Wine Collection with the New Zealand Winery

Actor, designer and wine lover Sarah Jessica Parker has announced today via Instagram that her new Sauvignon Blanc wine in partnership with the New Zealand-based Invivo & Co will hit stores this fall on September 18th, 2019.

With grapes from Marlborough, New Zealand “Invivo X, Sarah Jessica Parker Sauvignon Blanc” will have a suggested retail price between $18 – $20 and will be immediately available across the U.S. via exclusive national importer Taub Family Selections. At the same time, the wine will also have a global footprint in New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Canada, UK, Ireland andHong Kong.

I have thoroughly enjoyed the collaboration with Rob and Tim from Invivo,” explains Sarah Jessica Parker “Every part of the process from our initial conversations discussing wine styles, to the creative process on the brand and label design and of course, the Sauvignon Blanc blending session; it’s all been one exciting step after another. And a thrilling education in the business of winemaking, but more importantly, the love and passion behind Invivo.

The new Invivo X, Sarah Jessica Parker Sauvignon Blanc is described by Invivo’s co-founder & winemaker Rob Cameron as, “Lifted notes of grapefruit, honeysuckle flower, passionfruit and citrus zest. The palate is expansive and leads with a wall of sweet-scented fruits and a soft, but balanced acid spine.”

Sarah Jessica Parker’s wine was perfected in May when the founders of Invivo, Tim Lightbourne and Rob Cameron, traveled to New York City for a private blending session with Sarah Jessica to finalize the blend and taste of her new Sauvignon Blanc. They brought the latest samples of the 2019 vintage that was harvested in April from different sub-regions of Marlborough – the home of New Zealand’s world-famous Sauvignon Blanc. Over a three-hour session, Sarah Jessica and the Invivo team finalized the proportions from each vineyard to create the exact blending recipe used in the wine.

While I’m new to winemaking, the Invivo fellows generously taught, showed and shared as much of the art and science of their business and hopefully I have absorbed some of their Kiwi confidence,” states Sarah Jessica Parker“I’m so looking forward to releasing my Invivo X, Sarah Jessica Parker Sauvignon Blanc in September and sharing our wine with the world! I feel very fortunate to have this opportunity offered by Rob and Tim.

WATCH A SNEAK PEEK FROM THE SJP BLENDING SESSION HERE: https://vimeo.com/349806095/f0cc736d10

As a passionately creative person, Sarah Jessica Parker has naturally been instrumental in both naming the wine and designing the label. The X and the comma directly after it, is an intentional and personal touch, referencing her signature email and Instagram post signoff: “X, SJ.”   Sarah Jessica also hand-painted the X on the original label and found the teal paint to match the exact shade of one of her favorite satin shoe colorways, “Hamilton”, from her SJP Collection label.

Invivo’s other co-founder Tim Lightbourne adds, “It has been a pleasure working with Sarah Jessica. It’s fantastic how hands-on she’s been with the whole process and she has a great palate too! Within minutes into the blending session, she was picking up subtle differences between the samples. It’s a privilege for us, two old school friends from New Zealand and our winery, to work with her.  We look forward to a long-term partnership.”

In Spring 2020, a Rosé from the South of France will also be added to the Sarah Jessica Parker collection of wines with Invivo and will be a new vintage 2019 blend from the grapes being harvested this September.

This celebrity partnership is not unchartered territory for the growing New Zealand wine brand as Invivo & Co has also launched a successful wine brand with the UK talk show host Graham Norton. His brand debuted in 2014 selling 12,000 bottles in the first year and now today sells 3.5 million bottles globally. They have also recently extended his brand with the launch of Graham’s new pink Gin earlier this year. Invivo & Co looks forward to growing Sarah Jessica Parker’s collection of wine to reflect her personal preferences and love for wine similar to what they have accomplished with Graham Norton.

Invivo X, SJP” received its first review – just days after bottling – and landed a 95point rating from New Zealand wine reviewer Sam Kim at Wine Orbit.  Kim describes the wine saying: “The palate delivers excellent concentration and weight, wonderfully complemented by fine texture and brilliant focus.”

ABOUT SARAH JESSICA PARKER: Sarah Jessica Parker is the star and executive producer of “Divorce,” returning to HBO for a third hit season. In February 2014, she launched “SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker”, a footwear, apparel and accessory label, with partner George Malkemus III. The collection showcases the brand’s theme of colors acting as neutrals and encourages women to take risks and break away from fashion rules they imagine. Parker currently serves as the Vice-Chairman of the board of directors for the New York City ballet. She also served on the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities under the Obama administration. Parker lives with her husband and three children in New York City.

ABOUT INVIVO: Invivo’s mission is to bring people together so great things can happen. Invivo has been described as “New Zealand’s most innovative winery.” Founded in 2008 by school friends Tim Lightbourne and winemaker Rob Cameron, Invivo set out to make great wine without the elitist attitude the industry can be known for, they believe that nothing should stand in the way of a great drink. 11 years later, the formula has been a success, with their wines receiving over 200 international wine show medals, distribution in 16 countries and sales of over 3,500,000 bottles. Invivo has also recently released a Gin brand in partnership with Graham Norton. Invivo has played a role in helping New Zealand become the 3rd largest importer of wine into the US (by value) behind France and Italy. USA is New Zealand’s largest export market for wine with $422 million USD in sales. This is an impressive statistic considering that NZ produces less than 1% of all the world’s wine. www.invivowines.com www.invivoxsjp.com