This just in: The Sommelier Journal has been sold to TPM Custom Publishing, which produces The Tasting Panel magazine. Back in late October, The Sommelier Journal announced it would be suspending operations.
The rebranded SOMM Journal "will be comprised of internationally-renowned wine writers, sommeliers and authorities," with Anthony Dias Blue as Editor-in-Chief, and David Gadd as Managing Editor. Sommelier Journal Founder David Vogels, will act as Consulting Editor.
According to the announcement, the publication "will broaden to include more coverage of artisan spirits, coffee, tea and food trends." Sounds like they know where the money (advertising dollars) is.
The first issue of the refreshed publication will be distributed in Spring of 2014.
Here's a link to the press release.