Larry Goodrich, SWS; Conceziro Narollo, Zaccagnini; Ed Lauber, Lauber Imports; Gino Razzi, Viva Vino
Brett Dunne, SWS; Larry Goodrich, SWS; Mark Lauber, Lauber Imports
On May 4th, Lauber Imports, a division of Southern Wine & Spirits of New York, returned to the NY Marriott Marquis for its Grand Annual Tasting. Over 2,000 licensees and members of the press from around the region attended the large portfolio tasting. The event offered over 1,000 wines which were presented by winemakers and representatives from over 250 wineries.
Mark and Ed Lauber and Maximilian Riedel, Riedel Crystal
Romain Pianet, A.V. Brands; Roy Danis, A.V. Brands; Mark Lauber; Marc Beyer, Leon Beyer winery; and Rick Roman, A.V. Brands
Dan Campbell; Landon Patterson; Dan Cohn, B.R. Cohn; and Ed Lauber
Steve Metzler, Karla Kilgore and Almudena de Lluguno of Classical Wines with Mark and Ed Lauber
Mark Lauber with Patrick Campbell, Aurelia Campbell and Nathan Gwynne of Laurel Glen Winery
Lauber Imports Holds its 2009 Grand Annual Tasting
Andre Shearer (far left) and Mark Lauber with the Cape Classics team
Amy Cannaua and Carlo Cannovo from Station St. Lake Placid with Nicolette Canella, Canella
Over 2,000 people attended the annual tasting at New York Marriott
Ed Lauber and Doreen Schmid, Dalla Terra
Nik Weis, St. Urbans-Hof; Mick Yurch, Sherry-Lehmann; and Mark Lauber
Primo Franco, Vin DiVino; Mark Lauber; Diego Cusumano, Vin DiVino; Peter Zemmer, Vin DiVino; Bob O’Brien, Vin DiVino
Marcy Scott, Oyster Bay and Ed Lauber
SWS Builds Leadership Skills with Management Workshop
Front Row: Lisa Matthews, Eric Frarey, Dan Sisto Second Row: Steve Mastascusa, Charlie Penkitis, Terry Rose, Matt Sullivan, Gene Bonnabeau, Todd May, Jim Koutros, Rich Cottet, Jim Hazzard, Jeff Young, Tom Kitson, Rob Heyman, Mike Bova Back Row: Tom Sweeney, Phil Kobrin, Bill Hotaling, Mike Ciallelo, Mike Kimber, Rich Jones, Chad Homer, Dale Dirk, Kevin Cuzydlo, Eric Niccolls, Dave Foster, Dave Sklair and Todd Rath Missing from photo: Joe Attanasio, Ken Viele, Gregg Woolston, Rita De Mario and Joe Aronica
Southern Wine & Spirits of Upstate New York held a special district manager workshop on April 29th outside their new facility in Syracuse. The workshop gathered managers from throughout upstate New York.
Don Q Pairs Rum with Jazz Don Q Rums partnered with Rums of Puerto Rico on April 15th to host a special cocktail reception at “Jazz at Lincoln Center” to preview Icons Among Us: Jazz In The Present Tense, a four-part documentary film series that examines the world of contemporary jazz. During the screening guests enjoyed Don Q specialty cocktails created by notable mixologists. Javier Fiqueroa Morales, Rums of Puerto Rico; Steve Goldstein, SWSNY; John Eason, Don Q; Roberto Serralles, Destileria Serralles; and Jack Battipaglia, SWSNY
Don Q’s Roberto Serralles with chef Christopher Lee and mixologist James Menite
Chef Christopher Lee’s Piña Colada cocktail
Port Chester Wine & liquor Hosts an Evening of Bourbon & BBQ On May 14th, Port Chester Wine & Liquor and Sazerac Rye held a special bourbon and BBQ dinner at Q Restaurant in Port Chester. Guests tasted Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare 10, Blantons and Sazerac Rye bourbons.
Frank Altman, Port Chester Wine & Liquor; David Harper, The SAZ-MAN; Peter Choy, Southern Wine & Spirits of New York
Wines of Argentina Educates Trade and Consumers at the New york Wine EXPO Wines of Argentina was on hand at this year’s New York Wine Expo pouring wines and educating press, trade and consumers about the country’s expanding wine regions. The three-day event, held February 27th – March 1st at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, welcomed over 3,000 consumers, 3,000 trade representatives and 175 wineries from around the world. Ed Hurley, show director of the New York Wine Expo and Nora S. Favelukes, Wines of Argentina
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around ny Diageo and Atlantic Wine & Spirits showcase Ketel One “Ice Bar” On Wednesday, June 10th at the Hudson Terrace, Ketel One Vodka hosted a consumer event. Show� casing the Ketel One “Ice Bar” the Diageo and At� lantic Wine & Sprits teams welcomed Carl Nolet Jr. as the VIP Host. Consumers were offered a selection of Ketel One and Ketel Citroen cocktails while en� joying spectacular views of New York City. Tom Maguire, AWS; Jim Casey, Diageo; Greg Sherwood, AWS; Carl Nolet Jr., Ketel One; Danny Saltzman, Diageo
Bacardi and Empire Merchants Launch Dragon Berry On May 11th at Hotel Gansevoort’s Ono Bar, Bacardi USA and Empire Merchants launched Bacardi’s newest flavor, Dragon Berry. The event intro� duced guests to this new Asian-inspired infusion of strawberry and dragonfruit. Over 200 bartenders, on-premise and service industry professionals were transported to the Orient via a dragon dance and martial arts demonstrations.
Cocktails served up with Bacardi Dragon Berry
Chris Rosado making cocktails with Bacardi Dragon Berry
Il Borro and Castiglion del Bosco Hold Tasting at Accademia di Vino On May 12th Italian wineries Il Borro and Castiglion del Bosco held a special tasting at New York’s Ac� cademia di Vino. The event was hosted by the wineries’ owner and Italian fashion icon, Salvatore Ferragamo.
Franco Russo, international brand manager, Il Borro and CDB Winery; Pierre Debenedictis, Empire Wine Merchants; Gary Grunner, east coast brand manager, Il Borro and CDB winery; Julio Beistain, Empire Wine Merchants; and Salvatore Ferragamo
Mixologists Compete in Style at Hendrick’s Annual Croquet Tournament Recognized mixologists from across the country gathered at New York’s Elevated Acre on May 12th to compete in Hendrick’s second annual croquet tournament. The competition, inspired by a classic English garden party, judged contestants on their croquet prowess and classic������������������������� ������������������������ attire. This year’s win� ners were Ivan Radulovic and Rizo Popovic repre� senting Macu Bar. Other prizes were also awarded for “best dressed”, “most gentlemanly conduct” and “most sporting insult”. Participants from Hendrick’s 2nd annual Croquet Tournament
Wines of Chile Breaks New Ground with 2009 Grand Tasting
Maria Cecilia Pino V., Santa Rita; Tricia Murphy, Palm Bay International
Francine Kowalsky, Frederick Wildman & Sons
Nicolas Montes Bisquertt, Bisquertt
Ignacio Edwards, Luis Felipe Edwards
ASA Holds 2009 Best Sommelier in America Competition
2009 Best Sommelier in America participants
Thomas Lambert, executive VP for sponsors of the competition, Vranken-Pommery America; Michael Englemann, Best Sommelier 2009; Aldo Sohm, 2007 and 2008 Best Sommelier
Twenty of the nation’s top sommeliers traveled to New York City to compete for the title of “Best Sommelier in America”. The event, held April 5th and 6th at Jumeirah Essex House by the American Sommelier Association, put candidates through a rigorous series of theoretical and practical exams. Michael Englemann from San Francisco’s Gary Danko Restaurant was selected as this year’s winner, and will be given the opportunity to represent the United States at the Best Sommelier in the World Competition to be held in Spain in 2010.
Cinco de Mayo with Don Nacho Cinco de Mayo weekend was busy for Don Nacho Tequila, sharing authentic Mexican mariachi music with bars and restaurants all over New York and Long Island.
Dina Fiore (2nd from left), Phoenix Beverages; Costas Mouzouras (2nd from right), Gotham Wine & Liquor; and Greg Brayman (far right), Phoenix Beverages
The friendly staff of Garnet Wine and Liquor
Mark Herman (far right) and staff of Bottles and Cases; Scott Ignatow, Phoenix Beverages
A traditional mariachi band plays at Cabana Restaurant in Long Beach
Photographs by ASA/Zwann Grays
Mark Vanston, VSP Winegroup
“Breaking New Ground” was the theme at Wines of Chile’s annual grand tasting held on June 3rd at Gotham Hall. The event gathered 48 of the country’s leading producers from 13 diverse wine regions who presented hundreds of wines to trade, media and hundreds of consumers. The event also included two unique winemaking seminars led by special guest Michael Green, wine and spirits consultant to Gourmet Magazine.
around ny New Yorkers Gather for a Scotch Whisky Extravaganza The Scotch Malt Whisky Society of America and the Robb Report hosted the 16th Annual Single Malt Scotch Whisky Extravaganza held May 7th at the Roosevelt Hotel. The evening welcomed single malt and Scotch whisky enthusiasts to taste from over 80 rare single malt Scotch whiskies as well as expressions from Ireland, Japan and New Zealand. The evening included a dinner buffet as well as a selection of premium cigars.
Jennifer Weston, Bob Battipaglia and Caroline Simmons of Castle Brands
Sean Cronin and Alia Carpentier of Sidney Frank Importing Co.
Matthew Rodwick, Pernod Ricard and Richard Crawford, The Glenlivet
Sam Simmons, William Grant & Sons
Garder Dunn, The Yamazaki and Satoru Shimiza, Suntory
Grand Marnier and Navan Define Cocktail Trends at 2009 Mixology Summit Which trends most define the cocktail world of today? Grand Marnier asked 100 of the country’s top mixologists what they thought and shared the results with invited guests at the 2009 Grand Marnier and NAVAN Mixology Summit. The event, held at the Moët Hennessy Lounge on June 3rd, recruited beverage expert Steve Olson and top mixologists Andrew Seymour and Leo DeGroff to illuminate the results and mix up some of the country’s most cutting-edge cocktails.
Leo DeGroff, mixologist; Steve Olson, aka Wine Geek; and Andrew Seymour, aka Wine Geek
New York Celebrates the French Cocktail Hour For the past six years, the French cocktail hour has been celebrated on the first Thursday of June in 19 countries worldwide. This year, on June 4th, French Cocktail Hour partnered with Houseparty.com to organize 1,000 Do-it-Yourself parties hosted by Americans across the country. New Yorkers celebrating the occasion gathered at Bar Blanc Bistro to sip on French cocktails, wines and beers and savor a wide selection of fromage provided by Cheeses of France.
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Susan Anne Cosgrove, Pasternak Wine Imports; Serge Lozach, Sopexa managing director; Mike Collins, Swardlick Marketing Group; Abigail Vinyard, Nike Communications
The crowd at Sopexa’s French Cocktail Hour
Hervé Pichon, Inter-Rhône (Rhône Valley Wine Council) and Valerie Gerard, Sopexa senior account service manager