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May 30, 2013 | 10:55 AM

Today is the first day of tastings for our Hot Brands of 2013 (to be published in the February 2014 issue of WBM). Each year, we set out to find wineries that we believe are doing something special. The Hot Brands list is our chance to honor wineries that are innovative, curious, adventurous and, of course, delicious. These winemakers can be trailblazers or traditionalists (and are often both), but most of all, these are people who have dedicated themselves to crafting the best wines possible from their unique sites. See last year's Hot Brands here.

These are the wines Wine Business Monthly serves at our own annual holiday party, and wines we will serve to winemakers, grape growers and industry members at our annual gathering at the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium. Speaking of, our location for this year's Bottle Bash has changed. It will NOT be at the Pyramid this year as the Pyramid has closed. Stay tuned for details on the new location for WBM's Bottle Bash -- to be held the Tuesday night, January 28, to kick off the trade show, which begins on Wednesday, Janaury 29.


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