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Press Release:'s 2013 Report Names Both Tasting Panel's Key Execs Top Influential People in the U.S. Wine Industry

Date: 02/12/13

The Tasting Panel Magazine’s two principals, Anthony Dias Blue and Meridith May, both ranked high on’s just-released Top 100 Most Influential People in the U.S. Wine Industry report. is an interactive wine website based in San Francisco. The 2013 report marks the second year it has published the high-task list. “This list is designed to help educate our readers - and all wine enthusiasts - on the influential work being done by so many wine industry professionals right here in America,” said Brad Prescott, Founder of

Anthony Dias Blue ranked No. 20 and was recognized for his work with the San Francisco International Wine Competition (the largest international wine competition in the U.S.) as well as his co-ownership of The Tasting Panel Magazine.

Meridith May is publisher, executive editor and co-owner of The Tasting Panel Magazine, and was ranked No. 35. May was recognized for her dedication as the driving force behind establishing The Tasting Panel as one of the fastest growing and most widely read magazines for the beverage industry.

“With over 100,000 readers, of which over half are on-premise wine buyers, the magazine wields a lot of power staying current with the latest trends and up and coming wine regions. The Tasting Panel also holds media and trade tastings, getting new wines in front of wine writers and buyers,” the report stated.

The Tasting Panel Magazine, it added, “has the highest circulation of any beverage industry publication.”

A wide spectrum of wine professions are included on the list, with winemakers, lawmakers, bankers, bloggers, sommeliers and celebrities all represented based on how much they influence the U.S. wine industry; how wine is made, marketed, perceived, sold, shipped, purchased and shared.

The Tasting Panel Magazine has moved up the ranks of print publishing significantly over the past 10 years, and has captured the attention of key brands and big agencies that have identified the publication as an important channel to reach buyers.

The Tasting Panel Magazine definitely influences me when making purchasing decisions,” said Kaj Stromer, general manager of Woodland Hills Wine Company in California. “I’m not the least bit surprised it made the list, twice in the same year! It is a serious influence in this industry today.”

The list is the result of an exhaustive survey of wine industry professionals conducted by Michael Cervin, veteran wine, food, and travel writer and author of the article.

“The U.S. wine industry has grown substantially in terms of sheer production and global credibility in just a few decades. We are delighted to acknowledge those people who have been such key influencers,” Prescott said.

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