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The SOMM Journal Relaunches With a Bang


Date: 04/01/14

Beverage industry mag already boasting 50,000 distribution, top industry contributors, must-read features

PRESS RELEASE

March 31, 2014 (Encino, Calif.) – Written by wine professionals for wine professionals, the all-new SOMM Journal (www.SOMMJournal.com) continues to rev up for its inaugural issue, set to launch May 18 at the National Restaurant Show in Chicago.

Already boasting a circulation of over 50,000 since announcing its refresh in December, the bi-monthly publication will run out of the gate with features and departments that both inform and interest the working beverage industry professional, academic, and connoisseur.

“We are dedicated to ensuring that the SOMM Journal is the top resource for working sommeliers and drinks professionals,” said publisher and editorial director, Meridith May. “Everything readers loved about Sommelier Journal is here, and then some.”

The cover story of the first edition will be written by nationally wine academic and Master Sommelier, Tim Gaiser, in conjunction with the executive team at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, celebrating wine industry pioneer Tony Terlato’s 80th birthday and his lifetime accomplishments.

Working closely with the North American Sommelier Association, Wine & Spirits Education Trust, The French Wine Society and the Culinary Institute of America, The SOMM Journal’s focus is projected to be 70 percent on wine and 30 percent on spirits. Features and departments in the first issue will include:

  • First Press: The stories behind new vintages, releases, up-and-coming winemaker stars, and what’s happening in the world of wine.
  • Wine Science: Dr. Jamie Goode provides the lowdown on everything from brettanomyces to high alcohol, minerality, TCA, and beyond.
  • Bob Bath, MS/Wine & Beverage Instructor at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone goes behind the scenes on wine grapes, tea service and West Coast vs. East Coast IPA.
  • Wine 101: A column contributed by The North American Sommelier Association for future somms.
  • Ted Glennon, restaurant wine and spirits consultant interviews up-and-coming stars on-premise from all over the U.S.
  • Jim Meehan, one of the country’s top mixologists, writes a column on spirits trends.
  • Appellation Series: A global wine diary from Master Somms, Masters of Wine and other high-profile experts. The first article features a trip to Valtellina, Italy, by Certified Sommelier Marcella Newhouse.
  • The Tasting Panel of Experts: For the first issue, Matthew Conway, General Manager of NYC’s Restaurant Marc Forgione leads a vertical comparison from Nicolas Joly’s Loire Valley Clos de la Coulée de Serrant with an all-star panel of tasters.
  • Wine author Roger Morris writes about Spain’s Rueda region and its iconic Verdejo grape.
  • SOMM Camps: Editor-at-Large and Master Sommelier Randy Caparoso will guide readers through terroir experiences across wine growing regions where a group of wine buyers will join him in the vineyards with winemakers and enologists.
  • Spit Bucket: An ode to the best wines we’ve tasted this month.
  • Wine Thief: Themed reviews by Editor-in-Chief, Anthony Dias Blue.

Additionally, the August issue will feature “One Woman’s View,” a column by Karen MacNeil, expert and author of The Wine Bible, on topics as varied as style and elegance to interviews with trend-setting chefs and up-and-coming somms.

For more information about The SOMM Journal, contact Meridith May at mmay@tastingpanelmag.com.

The SOMM Journal is free-of-charge to qualified trade who apply online to receive the bi-monthly print publication. Requests may be emailed to subscriptions@sommjournal.com.

ABOUT The SOMM Journal

Formerly Sommelier Journal, The SOMM Journal is written by wine and beverage industry professionals for wine and beverage industry professionals. Owned by Meridith May, publisher and editorial director, The SOMM Journal boasts a distribution of 50,000, and broadens both emerging and veteran industry professionals’ understanding of the business. Departments cover top restaurants’ wine and mixology programs; in-depth profiles of the world’s wine regions; industry trends and technology; and exploration of current issues that most concern sommeliers. The SOMM Journal is headquartered at 17203 Ventura Blvd., Suite 5 in Encino, CA, 91316.

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