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13
TH
ANNUAL WINE STAR AWARDS
HONORS INDUSTRY MEMBERS
On January 28
th
, industry luminaries gathered at
The New York Public Library for the 13
th
annual
Wine Enthusiast Wine Star Awards. Among the
honorees, David Biggar of Vintage Point accept-
ed Innovator of the Year; Michael Madrigal was
named Sommelier of the Year; Angus Winchester
of Tanqueray was honored as Mixologist/Brand
Ambassador of the Year; Michter’s Distillery was
chosen as Distiller of the Year; and Opici Wine
Group’s Hubert Opici received the American Wine
Legend honor.
1.
Wine Star honorees
2.
WE's Adam Strum (center) with Don Opici,
Linda Opici, honoree Hubert Opici and Dina Opici
3.
Kara Newman, Wine Enthusiast; and honoree
Joe Magliocco, Michter’s Distillery
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TH
ANNUAL KOSHER FOOD & WINE
EXPERIENCE IS A HIT
On February 4
th
, the Kosher Food & Wine Experi-
ence returned to Pier 60, Chelsea Piers. The af-
ternoon tasting sponsored by Royal Wine Corp.
featured a grand selection of kosher wines from
around the world, as well as kosher liquors and
kosher noshes from the tri-state area.
1.
Pacifica winemaker Phil Jones
2.
David Herzog
3.
Maxime Rullier, Zamora International
4.
The crowd at the event
BENVENUTO BRUNELLO USA
EVENT HITS NEW YORK
On January 31
st
, the Consorzio Brunello di Mon-
talcino held an exclusive trade tasting to preview
its four-star-rated 2008 vintage. More than 35 pro-
ducers from the Montalcino region presented their
wines. Kevin Zraly, founder of the Windows on the
World Wine School and bestselling author, con-
ducted seminars and guided attendees through a
tasting of several Brunello vintages.
1.
Philip di Belardino, Banfi; and Charles Scicolone
2.
Stefano Campatelli, Consorzio director; Donatella
Cinelli Colombini, Consorzio VP; and guest speaker
Kevin Zraly
3.
Melanie Young and David Ransom, The Connected
Table; Stefano Campatelli, Donatella Cinelli Colombini,
Kevin Zraly, Stefania Tacconi, Consorzio; and
Robin Kelley O’Connor, Italian Wine Merchants
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March 2013
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