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Somms Strut Their Stuff
for Sud de France
At the 5
th
annual Sud de France Sommelier Contest,
organized with American Sommelier, 16 sommeliers
tested their knowledge of Languedoc-Roussillon
wines. Following several stages of tasting and testing,
four finalists had to fill eight flutes with Blanquette de
Limoux, with one continuous pour per glass, ending
with an empty bottle. And the winner was…Victoria
James of Aureole, the first female winner!
1.
Jonela Ruka (judge); Roger Dagorn (judge); André Compeyre (judge
and 2012 winner); Alexandra Mazanotti, Corkbuzz; Caleb Ganzer,
Eleven Madison Park; Andrew Bell (moderator), American Somme-
lier; Victoria James, Aureole; Marianne Fabre-Lanvin, Sud de France
U.S. Branch; Morgan Harris, Corkbuzz
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2013 winner Victoria James with judges
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Sommeliers pour eight even flutes from one bottle as
part of competition
Riesling ‘Truck’ Rolls Coast to Coast
Talk about a road trip… Wines of Germany’s retrofit-
ted truck-trailer kicked off its “Riesling & Co. Road
Trip” in Los Angeles on June 19
th
and made its way
across the country through Palm Springs, Las Ve-
gas, Phoenix, Austin and Houston, Atlanta, Charlotte
and DC, reaching its final stop in New York on June
27
th
 at Cedar Lake Warehouse. On the “truck,” Paul
Grieco and Stuart Pigott (wine expert and author)
conducted German Riesling tastings with somme-
liers, buyers and media at each stop.
1.
Paul Greico, of Hearth restuarant and Terroir wine bars, conducted
Riesling tastings for press and trade at every stop
2.
Guest registration at Cedar Lake, in front of the truck-trailer con-
tainer that was retrofitted as a wine tasting room
3.
The truck made its final stop in Manhattan at Cedar Lake for a Grand
Finale German Riesling tasting
Kaiken Gets New Winemaker
Aurelio Montes del Campo
On June 26
th
, local wine and food media joined Au-
relio Montes del Campo of Kaiken wines at Cannibal
NYC for a tasting and Argentine-style asado under
the stars. The event marked the official introduction of
del Campo, son of renowned Chilean winemaker Au-
relio Montes, as Chief Winemaker at Kaiken. Featured
wines included the iconic Mai; Ultra Malbec and Ultra
Cabernet Sauvignon; and the “Terroir Series” Torron-
tes and Malbec/Bonarda/Petit Verdot blend.
1.
Aurelio Montes del Campo, Kaiken
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Aurelio Montes del Campo and Preston Clark, Cannibal
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Attendees taste the new Kaiken wines
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