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Drink Me Magazine Announces its 2014 Elite 150 Winners

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Names the 50 Best Beer, Wine and Spirits Products for 2014 – Includes ‘Best of Category’ Awards

Drink Me MagazineSan Francisco/New York – February 2014 — Drink Me Magazine, the beer, wine and spirits lifestyle publication, today announced its top 150 best products for 2014. The Drink Me editorial team tasted through hundreds of different examples in each category to narrow down their 50 best beers, wines, and spirits. The judging and selections were led by Brian Freedman, Drink Me Magazine’s new Editor-in-Chief.

Results can be found at http://www.drinkmemag.com/2014-drink-me-magazine-elite-150/.

The inaugural Drink Me 2014 Elite 150 includes a wide range of beverages from producers both large and small, a breadth of choice that the selection process itself is designed to accommodate. From ambitious bottlings crafted by the largest manufacturers to more niche products pushed to market by smaller independent producers, the Drink Me 2014 Elite 150 represents the best of what the team of editors has sampled in the past year, regardless of how familiar or potentially surprising they may be to consumers and industry alike.

“By leveling the playing field, and considering everything we have tasted on its own merits and against like-priced products, we hope to introduce readers to beers, wines and spirits that they may not have considered or known about before,” Freedman explained. “On this year’s list, for example, our favorites ran the gamut from a Cognac costing more than $20,000 to a Blaufränkisch that offers fantastic bang for the proverbial buck at under $20. We believe that, these days, lovers of great beers, wines and spirits appreciate quality at all price levels.”

The Drink Me 2014 Elite 150 winners will be featured at two media and trade focused events in San Francisco and New York City, and included in the end-of-year Drink Me Buyers Guide, which will be distributed nationally through both digital and print channels.

About Drink Me Magazine

Drink Me is a lifestyle media platform that includes print, digital media, and live events created for the alcohol enthusiast. Developed to help our audience navigate the art and cultures of the world’s premium alcohol products, Drink Me has built a passionate community that seeks out and shares the epicurean traditions of the leading premium wine, beer, and spirits categories.

2014 Products and Producers/Importers of the year

Beer Importer of the Year: Paulaner HP USA for Fullers Portfolio

Beer of the Year: St. Stefanus Blonde

Brewery of the Year (Domestic): Milwaukee Brewing Company

Brewery of the Year (International): Brouwerij Westmalle

Cider of the Year: Boonville Cider House Bite Hard Apple Cider

Spirits Importer of the Year: Infinium Spirits for the Teeling Whiskey Company

Spirit of the Year: Four Roses 125th Anniversary Limited Edition Small Batch

Spirits Producer of the Year (Domestic): Ascendant Spirits

Spirits Producer of the Year (International): The Teeling Whiskey Company

American Whiskey of the Year: Lock Stock & Barrel

Irish Whiskey of the Year: Teeling Small Batch

Blended Scotch Whisky of the Year: Johnnie Walker Platinum

Single Malt Scotch Whisky of the Year: Bowmore Dorus Mor

White Whiskey of the Year: Dickel No. 1 White Corn Whiskey

Vodka of the Year: Ascendant Spirits American Star Vodka

Gin of the Year: Bulldog

Rum/Rhum of the Year: Rhum Clément Cuvée Homère

Tequila of the Year: Tequila Tapatio Blanco

Mezcal of the Year: Del Maguey Vino De Mezcal Tepextate

Liqueur of the Year: Pür Spirits Blood Orange

Brandy of the Year: Rémy Martin Louis XIII Rare Cask 42,6

Aperitif/Digestif of the Year: The Range of broVo Amaro Bottlings

Wine Importer of the Year: Michael Skurnik Wines Broad Portfolio

Wine of the Year: Salon Le Mesnil Brut Blanc de Blancs 1996

Winery of the Year (Domestic): Charles Krug

Winery of the Year (International): Domaine Gayda

Value Wine of the Year ($12 and under): Charles & Charles Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon – Syrah 2012

Sparkling Wine of the Year: Nicolas Feuillatte “Palmes d’Or” Brut 2002

Mad Hatter Award – Most Surprising Wine of the Year: Duck Commander Chardonnay 2012

2014 Wine Winners

Importer, Producer, Product  –  Price

AI Selections, Weingut Strehn, Blaufränkisch 2011 – $14

Ascent Wines Inc., Domaine Gayda, Figure Libre “Freestyle” 2011 – $20

Ascent Wines Inc., Domaine Gayda, Chemin de Moscou 2011 – $27

Beaune Imports, Agrapart & Fils, “Minéral” Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs 2006 – $75

Boisset, Domaine de la Vougeraie, Vougeot Clos du Prieuré 2009 – $60

Cognac One, Lenoble, “Terroirs” Brut Rosé NV – $46

Diamond Importers, Domaine Sigalas, Assyrtiko 2012 – $17

Frederick Wildman & Sons, Laurent Miquel, “Larmes des Fées” 2008 – $35

Gérard Bertrand USA, Gérard Bertrand, Pinot Noir “Domaine de l’Aigle” 2011 – $15

Kermit Lynch, Domaine Comte Abbatucci, “Cuvee Faustine Rouge” NV – $33

Little Peacock Imports, Moorooduc Estate, Chardonnay 2011 – $20

Michael Skurnik, Henri Goutorbe, “Special Club” Brut 2004 – $83

Michael Skurnik, Schloss Gobelsburg, NV Brut Reserve – $27

Michael Skurnik, Selbach-Oster, “Schmitt” Zeltinger Schlossberg Riesling Spätlese 2012 – $50

Michael Skurnik, Varnier-Fannière, “Cuvee St.-Denis” Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Brut NV – $65

Michael Skurnik, Vilmart & Cie, “Grand Cellier d’Or” Brut 2007 – $99

Moët Hennessy USA, Champagne Krug, Brut Blanc de Blancs Clos du Mesnil 1998 – $669

Moët Hennessy USA, Champagne Krug, “Grande Cuvée” Brut NV – $184

Mollydooker International, Mollydooker, Velvet Glove 2011 – $166

Negociants USA, Jansz, “Tasmania Premium Rosé” – $22

Palm Bay International, Domaine Paul Mas, Estate Marsanne “La Forge Vineyard” 2012 – $10

Remy Cointreau USA, Laroche, “La Croix Chevalière” 2010 – $TBA

St. Michelle Wine Estate, Nicolas Feuillatte, “Palmes d’Or” Brut 2002 – $188

Vineyard Brands, Salon, “Le Mesnil” Brut Blanc de Blancs 1996 – $475

Vinum Wine Importing, Esporão, Verdelho 2012 – $12

William Gladstone Imports, Château Léoville-Poyferré, Saint-Julian 2012 – $68

Weygandt Metzler, Michel Gassier, “Nostre Pais Blanc” 2011 – $17

Alpha Omega Winery, Cabernet Sauvignon “Stagecoach Vineyard” 2010 – $150

Bridlewood Estate Winery, Syrah “Block 7 Reserve” 2009 – $40

Cameron Hughes Wine, Moscato d’Asti “Lot 411” 2012 – $14

Cameron Hughes Wine, Super Tuscan “Lot 374 Maremma Toscana” 2007 – $39

Charles Krug Winery, “Vintage Selection” Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 – $75

Charles Krug Winery, “Family Reserve Generations” 2009 – $45

Cobb Wines, Pinot Noir “Rice-Spivak Vinyard” 2008 – $68

Corvus Cellars, Cabernet Sauvgnon 2009 – $40

Delgadillo Cellars, Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 – $80

Donelan Family Wines, Syrah “Obsidian Vineyard” 2010 – $60

Hand of God Wines, Old Vine Malbec 2010 – $70

Hanzell Vineyards, Chardonnay 2010 – $73

Hirsch Vineyards, Estate Chardonnay 2011 – $65

Holme Estate Cellars, Shiraz 2009 – $40

Kivelstadt Cellars, Estate Syrah “The Inheritance” 2009 – $45

Knights Bridge Winery, Chardonnay “West Block” 2010 – $70

MacPhail Wine, Pinor Noir “Pratt Vineyard” 2010 – $46

McGah Family Cellars, “Scarlett” Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 – $55

Robert Mondavi Winery, Fumé Blanc “Reserve” 2011 – $17

Robert Mondavi Winery, Cabernet Sauvignon “Reserve” 2009 – $108

Sea Smoke, Pinot Noir “Southing” 2010 – $88

Trinchero Family Estates, Charles & Charles Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon – Syrah 2012 – $12

Wente Vineyards, Chardonnay “The Nth Degree” 2009 – $45

2014 Beer Winners

Importer, Producer, Product  –  Price/Qty

AB Inbev, Leffe, Blonde – $8.49/6pk

Belukus Marketing Inc., Wells & Young’s, Russian Imperial Stout – $7.00/1btl

Paulaner HP USA, Fuller’s, Bottle Conditioned Ale 2005 – $9.00/1btl

Tenth and Blake, Pilsner Urquell, Czech Style Pilsner – $2.00/1btl

Tenth and Blake, St. Stefanus, Blonde – $19.49/4pk

21st Amendment Brewing, Back in Black IPA – $2.29/1/btl

Allagash Brewing Company, Allagash Curieux – $20.99/1btl

Almanac Beer Company, Dogpatch Sour – $11.99/1btl

Anderson Valley, Summer Solstice – $3.00/1btl

Ballast Point Brewing Company, Victory at Sea – $10.00/1btl

Ballast Point Brewing Company, Sculpin – $3.00/1btl

Boonville Cider House, Bite Hard Cider – $10.99/4pk

Brouwerij Affligem, Affligem Blonde – $10.99/1btl

Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen, Oude Geuze – $15.00/1btl

Brouwerij Westmalle, Trappist Tripel – $7.00/1btl

Brouwerij Westmalle, Trappist Dubbel – $7.00/1btl

Budweiser, Black Crown Golden Amber – $6.49/6pk

Captain Lawrence Brewing Company, Captain’s Reserve Imperial IPA – $5.00/1btl

Captain Lawrence Brewing Company, Hops N’ Roses – $5.00/1btl

Cigar City Brewing, Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout – $20.00/1btl

Cismontane Brewing Company, Black’s Dawn Imperial Stout – $7.00/1btl

Evil Twin Brewing, Evil Twin Lil’ B – $8.00/1btl

Firestone Walker Brewing Company, XVI Anniversary Ale – $22.00/1btl

Founders Brewing Company, Kentucky Breakfast Stout – $19.00/4pk

Founders Brewing Company, Dirty Bastard Scotch Style Ale – $1.99/1btl

Goose Island, Sofie Paradisi – $10.99/4pk

Grand Teton Brewing Company, Oud Bruin – $10.00/6pk

Great Divide Brewing Co., Rumble Oak Aged India Pale Ale – $10.99/6pk

Great Divide Brewing Co., Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout – $10.00/1btl

Highwater Brewing, Campfire Stout – $8.00/1btl

Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales, Oro de Calabaza – $12.00/1btl

Lagunitas, Pils Czech Style Pilsner – $12.00/6pk

Long Trail Brewing Company, Double Bag Altbier – $10.00/6pk

Milwaukee Brewing Co., Louie’s Demise – $2.00/1btl

Milwaukee Brewing Co., Polish Moon – $2.00/1btl

Milwaukee Brewing Co., O-Gii – $2.50/1btl

Russian River Brewing, Shadow of a Doubt – $n/a/draft only

Russian River Brewing, Pliny the Elder – $5.99/1btl

Russian River Brewing, Supplication – $11.99/1btl

Russian River Brewing, Consecration – $11.99/1btl

Saint Somewhere Brewing Company, Prairie Artisan Ales Plus Tot L’Etat – $14.00/1btl

Shawnee Craft Brewing Company, Apiarius Ale Brewed with Honey – $4.00/1btl

Shmaltz Brewing Company, Jewbelation Reborn (17) 2013 – $11.99/1btl

Shmaltz, He’Brew The Chosen Beer Commemorative Black IPA “Death of a Contract Brewer” – $7.00/1btl

Southern Tier Brewing Company, Crème Brûlée Imperial Milk Stout – $10.00/1btl

Stillwater Artisanal Ales, As Follows – $2.50/1btl

The Alchemist, Heady-Topper – $12.00/4pk

Three Floyds Brewing Company, Dark Lord Imperial Stout – $n/a

Three Floyds Brewing Company, Zombie Dust – $14.99/6pk

Uinta Brewing Co., Wyld Extra Pale Ale – $13.00/6pk

2014 Spirits Winners

Importer, Producer, Product   –  Price

Altamar Brands, Tequila Ocho, Plata Tequila 2010 Vintage – $48

Beam, Cruzan, Estate Diamond Light Rum – $20

broVo Spirits, broVo Amaro, Project Range – $37

Campari America, Bulldog, London Dry Gin – $27

Campari America, Bowmore, Dorus Mor – $95

Castle Brands, Jefferson’s Reserve, Straight Bourbon – $55

Castle Brands, Knappogue Castle, 16 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey Twin Wood – $93

Charbay Distillery, Tequila Tapatio, Blanco – $37

Charbay Distillery, Tequila Tapatio, Añejo – $37

Chatham Imports, Michter’s, US-1 Small Batch Sour Mash – $43

Clément USA Inc., Rhum Clément, Cuvée Homère – $100

Diageo, Bulleit, 10 Year – $48

Diageo, Dickel, No. 1 Whiskey – $27

Diageo, Johnnie Walker, Platinum Label 18 Year-old – $96

Double Eagle Imports, Arrogante Ultra Premium Tequila, Reposado – $52

Four Roses Distillery, Four Roses, 125th Anniversary Limited Edition Small Batch – $500

Gemini Spirits & Wine, Corazon de Agave, Sazerac Rye Añejo – $86

Gemini Spirits & Wine, Del Maguey, Vida De Mezcal Tepextate – $37

Infinium Spirits, Casa Noble Tequila, Reposado – $40

Infinium Spirits, The Teeling Whiskey Company, Small Batch Blended Whiskey – $TBD

Infinium Spirits, The Teeling Whiskey Company, Single Grain Irish Whiskey – $TBD

Infinium Spirits, The Teeling Whiskey Company, 21 Year – $TBD

Infinium Spirits, Fratelli Branca, Fernet Branca – $28

International Beverage, Caorunn, Scottish Gin – $35

Kindred Spirits Inc., Martin Miller’s Gin, London Dry Gin – $30

Masciarelli Wine Company, Amaro Lucano, Liqueur – $28

MHW Ltd, Karlsson’s Vodka, Gold – $33

Pernod Ricard USA, Redbreast, Single Pot Still Whiskey – $58

Rémy Cointreau, Bruichladdich, The Botanist Gin – $35

Rémy Cointreau, Rémy Martin, Louis XIII Rare Cask 42,6 – $25,000

Suntory, Pavan, Liqueur – $32

Suro International Importers, Siembra Azul, Blanco Tequila – $37

The Cooper Spirit Company, Hochstadter’s Slow & Low, Rock and Rye Straight Rye Whiskey – $22

The Cooper Spirit Company, Lock, Stock & Barrel, 13 Year Old Straight Rye Whiskey – $120

Ascendant Spirits, American Star Vodka – $34

Ascendant Spirits, Silver Lightning Moonshine – $34

Distillery No. 209, Gin – $35

Few Spirits, Bourbon – $50

Germain-Robin, Select Barrel XO – $110

Great Lakes Distilling, Rehorst Citrus & Honey Vodka – $37

Greenbar Craft Distillery, Tru Organic Garden Vodka – $34

Hangar One, Straight Vodka – $32

Pür Spirits, Blood Orange Liqueur – $51

Raff Distillerie, Bummer & Lazarus Dry Gin – $35

Raff Distillerie, Emperor Norton Absinthe Dieu – $70

St. George Spirits, California Agricole Rum – $47

St. Germain, Elderflower Liqueur – $37

Tequila Alquimia, Extra Añejo Tequila – $139

The 86 Company, Aylesbury Duck Vodka – $23

Treaty Oak Distilling, Barrel Reserve Rum – $30

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