Monthly Archives: April 2014

A Great Weekend for Paso Robles CAB

PRCC_logo_FINAL-02We at Parker Sanpei are scurrying to help put the finishing touches on the Paso Robles CAB Collective‘s CABs of Distinction event. (Actually, the CAB Camp portion for sommeliers is already well underway…) Suffice it to say, we’re a bit busy this week promoting some of the world’s finest Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux varietal wines.

So let’s cut to the chase: You need to come to the CABs of Distinction Gala Tasting on Saturday. There will be 32 wineries pouring ace wines, and each (each!) will be paired with an international cheese or charcuterie selected by a local fromagier. That’s on top of the gourmet lunch included in each admission.

Get your tickets here. And be sure to say hello between sips!

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Delicious wine infographics

Who doesn’t love a well-executed infographic? The trend of distilling overwhelming amounts of complex information into beautifully-crafted visuals is one we at Parker Sanpei are definitely behind. We especially love the work of Wine Folly in Seattle, a group of wine-loving bloggers and designers who craft beautiful infographics and maps to simplify wine for those who want to learn about it. Check out some of their prints below (which are available for purchase at http://www.WineFolly.com). And please tell us, after reading “Which Wine Drinker Are You?” which sort of tippler you are! Different-Types-of-Wine-Infographic-Chart3   BWG-PRINT-LARGE   Kind-of-wine-drinker   map-france-burgundy

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The all-new SOMM Journal

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Despite the impact the internet has had on print media, we at Parker Sanpei truly believe in venerated, authoritative publications that inform and interest. In other words, we still get excited to open our mailbox and find a thick glossy.

So imagine our sorrow when we discovered that the Sommelier Journal – the beloved authority on all things wine – closed up shop last year. Thankfully – mercifully! – it is back.

Written by wine professionals for wine professionals, the all-new SOMM Journal (http://www.SOMMJournal.com) is revving up for its inaugural issue, set to launch May 18 at the National Restaurant Show in Chicago.

Already boasting a circulation of over 50K since announcing its refresh in December, the bi-monthly publication will run out of the gate with features and departments that both inform and interest the working beverage industry professional, academic, and connoisseur.

Publisher and Editorial Director, Meridith May

Publisher and Editorial Director, Meridith May

“We are dedicated to ensuring that the SOMM Journal is the top resource for working sommeliers and drinks professionals,” said Publisher and Editorial Director, Meridith May. “Everything readers loved about Sommelier Journal is here, and then some.”

The cover story of the first edition will be written by nationally wine academic and Master Sommelier, Tim Gaiser, in conjunction with the executive team at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, celebrating wine industry pioneer Tony Terlato’s 80th birthday and his lifetime accomplishments.

Working closely with the North American Sommelier Association, Wine & Spirits Education Trust, The French Wine Society and the Culinary Institute of America, The SOMM Journal’s focus is projected to be 70 percent on wine and 30 percent on spirits. Features and departments in the first issue will include:

  • First Press: The stories behind new vintages, releases, up-and-coming winemaker stars, and what’s happening in the world of wine.
  • Wine Science: Dr. Jamie Goode provides the lowdown on everything from brettanomyces to high alcohol, minerality, TCA, and beyond.
  • Bob Bath, MS/Wine & Beverage Instructor at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone goes behind the scenes on wine grapes, tea service and West Coast vs. East Coast IPA.
  • Wine 101: A column contributed by The North American Sommelier Association for future somms.
  • Appellation Series: A global wine diary from Master Somms, Masters of Wine and other high-profile experts. The first article features a trip to Valtellina, Italy, by Certified Sommelier Marcella Newhouse.
  • The Tasting Panel of Experts: For the first issue, Matthew Conway, General Manager of NYC’s Restaurant Marc Forgione leads a vertical comparison from Nicolas Joly’s Loire Valley Clos de la Coulée de Serrant with an all-star panel of tasters.
  • Wine author Roger Morris writes about Spain’s Rueda region and its iconic Verdejo grape.
  • SOMM Camps: Editor-at-Large and Master Sommelier Randy Caparoso will guide readers through terroir experiences across wine growing regions where a group of wine buyers will join him in the vineyards with winemakers and enologists.
  • Spit Bucket: An ode to the best wines we’ve tasted this month.
  • Wine Thief: Themed reviews by Editor-in-Chief, Anthony Dias Blue.
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Karen MacNeil

Additionally, the August issue will feature “One Woman’s View,” a column by Karen MacNeil, expert and author of The Wine Bible, on topics as varied as style and elegance to interviews with trend-setting chefs and up-and-coming somms.
For more information about The SOMM Journal, please contact Meridith May at mmay@tastingpanelmag.com. The SOMM Journal is free-of-charge to qualified trade who apply online to receive the bi-monthly print publication. Requests may be emailed to subscriptions@sommjournal.com.

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Racing for Good Reason

Team Il Cortile

Team Il Cortile

We at Parker Sanpei are so proud of our friends at Il Cortile Ristorante in Paso Robles. Last weekend, 13 riders from the restaurant, including Owner and Managing Partner, Carole MacDonal, raced with 150 cyclists in the Tour of Paso to raise funds for the Central Coast Cancer Support Community. Nearly doubling their contribution from last year, the team at Il Cortile Ristorante raised a staggering $20K in support of the Cancer Support Community’s free resources to local cancer patients and their families. Charitable contributions for the event totaled over $100K, up $30K from last year.

Fundraising at Il Cortile included proceeds from a special “reverse wine dinner” menu crafted by Chef Santos MacDonal and his kitchen, as well as proceeds from the sale of complementing wine, L’Aventure Optimus 2011 Zinfandel. Additionally, servers at the critically-acclaimed restaurant generously donated all tips from the dinner toward Il Cortile’s efforts in support of the Cancer Support Community.

Santos & Carole MacDonal

Santos & Carole MacDonal

This year marks the third that Il Cortile has contributed toward and participated in the Tour of Paso. In 2012, the team raised over $5K, and $12K in 2013.

Thank you so much to all of those who participated in the event, especially our friends at Il Cortile. Your generosity is making a difference in our community. Bravi!

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