NEW YORK- Tasting Panel magazine used the private dining rooms of Madison Square Park's eponymous SD26 restaurant to present its Double Gold Wine Competition and 2014 Spirits Competition winners from the prestigious 34th annual San Francisco International Wine Competition. Founded by famed wine expert, author and founder Anthony Dias Blue, the event is a showcase for some unexpected inductees into this now-hallowed category.
This year's competition was the largest ever, with 4,569 entrants from 26 states and 31 countries. Portfolio of the year was captured by Trinchero Family Estates of St. Helena, California in the heart of the famed Napa Valley. The Tasting Panel Magazine Winerry of the Year was awarded to Maryhill Winery of Goldendale, Washington, and The Andre Tchelistcheff Winemaker of the Year award went to Cinzia Merlie of Le Macchiole winery of Bolgheri, Italy. The Wide World of Wine was truly represented in this year's award winners!
Below: Katie Kozlowski Redemption Rye
Below: Dwight Casimere with Tasting Panel founder Anthony Dias Blue