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The April/May 2005 issue will mark 20 years-worth of the Miami-based Wine News Magazine. Founded in 1984 as EastSide Wine News by Publisher Tom E. Smith, the first issue rolled off the press and onto newsstands and wine shop shelves in May 1985. "Wine is a great common denominator." Smith notes. "It brings people together from different backgrounds and cultures."
Smith, a former NFL football player who then collected primarily French wine, recognized a need for a periodical that would appeal to the sophisticated wine consumer.
Smith drew on his graphic arts education at the University of Miami to launch what would become an award-winning wine journal. Initially produced as a tabloid newspaper, the bimonthly publication quickly evolved into the first large-format wine magazine in the country. The glossy-jacketed version debuted in February/March 1987, and its 10x13-inch, coffee-table format is now considered the industry standard. "We sort of forced the wine publishing industry to improve itself and we feel proud that we brought a standard to the wine industry that others wanted to copy. We created a magazine that readers liked, in a new format" said Associate Publisher Elizabeth Kuehner Smith said Associate Publisher Elizabeth Kuehner Smith.
With twenty years under their belt and a national circulation of 70,000+, publisher Smith and Associate Publisher Elizabeth Kuehner Smith have succeeded in creating an upscale, consumer- oriented publication that tells stories about wine and winemakers whose skills transport the grape from the vineyard to the bottle. Wine News editors and contributors have been variously nominated by The James Beard Foundation in the category of "Magazine Writing on Spirits, Wine or Beer."
"When you have to get a magazine out every two month, you never time to look back and ruminate on what it should have been," explained Kuehner Smith. "All it allows you to do is look towards the future and for opportunities to improve the next issue. Our magazine is like a family-owned boutique winery with the advantages of being boutique-size and boutique quality magazine. We come out 6 times a year, and whereas other publications have the pressure of monthly deadlines, we have enough time to massage our copy and get awards."
The 20th Anniversary April/May 2005 issue will display a distinctive French flair. "We always do French editorial in April/May, and we thought that there was a nice symmetry to it this year because it was French wine that piqued Tom's interest in collecting wine and ultimately in publishing Wine News," Kuehner Smith clarified. For more information:

The first Scotch tasting for women only, an event that will educate women on the different tastes of Scotch, will take place Tuesday, March 22, at the Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne. "This is our first test event," said Marcy Ruderhausen, Master of Scotch for Johnny Walker and the Classic Malts of Scotland.
"We'll talk about pairing with food like we do with wine," explained Ruderhausen who elaborated on the nature of the event: "We're going to start of with a tasting journey through Scotland's single scotches, and with the help of David McIntyre the Food & Beverage Director of Ritz Carlton in South Beach I'm going to educate the ladies on the Johnny Walker Black Label, then the JW Gold Label experience, pair whiskys with food and end up pairing them with chocolate dessert. It's a really exciting thing to start something from the ground. I hope to create a prototype that will extend to the rest of the US," she declared.
The idea to conduct an event for women only burgeoned last year when, during similar events, she realized that there were as many women as men interested in Whisky. "The number of women that were attending the event was really high. And since the target consumer is 35 to 25 years-old I decided that it was necessary to do something for women," she said.
The Diageo Company has seven Ambassadors or Masters of Scotch in the US, and Ruderhausen is assigned to South Florida.

For all events and ticket information call toll free 877-762-3933 or 305-460-6563 MASTER SOMMELIER BLIND TASTING
Friday February 25, 1:00pm 3:00pm. Parrot Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami. Learn the secrets of those who taste wines for a living. Industry experts rely on the "double blind tasting" to truly judge a sample without regard to its origin, price tag or fancy label. Master sommeliers Larry O Brien of Paterno Wines, Virginia Philip of The Breakers, Palm Beach, and Eric Hemer of Southern Wine & Spirits of South Florida will headline this event, $100
Saturday February 26, and Sunday February 27, 11:00am noon Intercontinental Hotel, 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami. Sausage paired with wine? Noted New York restaurateur Danny Meyer (Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern, Eleven Madison Park, Tabla, Blue Smoke) and Fort Collins, Colo., sausage meister Terry Miller explore this unique combination $75
Saturday, February 26, and Sunday, February 27, 1:00pm 2:00pm Intercontinental Hotel, 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami. Wine authority Joshua Wesson of Best Cellars shares the lowdown on serving the appropriate wine with snacks. $75
Sunday, February 27, 1:00pm 3:00pm InterContinental Hotel, 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami The greatest wines of Bordeaux go on display in all their glory. Join Tom Matthews , executive editor of Wine Spectator, as he welcomes Olivier Lebret , president of Baron Philippe de Rothschild USA, who will lead this tasting of exceptional offerings from Chateau Mouton Rothschild complete with vertical tasting of some of their most highly regarded vintages! $150

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