Tasting Alliance And ReserveBar Announce Top Shelf 2023 Wines And Spirits Awards Gala

The Tasting Alliance, in collaboration with ReserveBar, has announced the dates for Top Shelf, a luxury event showcasing the world’s top-awarded spirits and wines and recognizing outstanding beverage industry leaders.

Tasting Alliance is the organizer of the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, the world’s largest spirit competition. It also organizes New York, San Francisco, and Singapore competitions covering wine, spirits, beer, and the RTD category. ReserveBar is a leading online platform that connects consumers with beverage retailers around the country.

Top Shelf will be held at Resorts World in Las Vegas on June 16 and.17, 2023. The event is designed for wine and spirit enthusiasts and beverage industry professionals. It will feature a grand tasting on June 16 and June 17 that will showcase Double Gold and Gold medal winners from the more than 15,000 brand entries from the San Francisco World Wine and Spirits Competitions, the New York World Wine and Spirits Competitions, the Singapore World Spirits Competition and The Tasting Alliance World Beer and Ready to Drink Competitions.

The event will also feature 12 Master Classes from leading spirit companies and industry professionals, including Tequila Ocho, Widow Jane, The Macallan, Patron, Reserva de La Familia (Cuervo), and craft American whiskey brands like Rabbit Hole, Blue Run, and Kentucky Owl. Additional brand master classes and professional

Attendees at the 2022 Tasting Alliance Awards Gala in San Francisco.

Photo, courtesy Katlyn Tucker/The Tasting Alliance

seminars for industry executives will be announced as they are confirmed.

According to Amanda Blue, President of The Tasting Alliance:

Consumers will have the opportunity to taste new and rare products, attend master classes conducted by leading spirit brands, learn more about the rich history of the industry and interact with the founders, distillers, and experts, including many of the judges of the Tasting Alliance wine and spirits competitions, who are among the spirits industry’s most trusted authorities.

Derek Correia, President of Reserve Bar, added:

The level of passion and enthusiasm in our industry, from the creators and distillers making the best wine, spirits, and beer in the world to the enthusiasts and aficionados who enjoy discovering amazing new products just as much as they enjoy drinking their favorites, is extraordinary.

In addition to the curated tastings of top wines and spirits, The Tasting Alliance and Reserve Bar will host the first-ever Tasting Alliance Awards Gala Dinner on Saturday, June 17, 2023, honoring the outstanding leaders driving the wine and spirits industry forward. Among the awards presented will be the Best of Class and Best of Show categories from the Tasting Alliance competitions, The Chairperson Awards for Outstanding Contributions to the Wine and Spirits Industry, and awards recognizing outstanding contributions in the media and hospitality industry. The awards will include the inaugural Spirits Communicator of the Year and Wine Communicator of the Year.

According to Amanda Blue:

The wine and spirits industry could not thrive without the myriad contributions of thousands of writers and bloggers. They serve a critical function in informing and educating consumers.

Likewise, the hospitality industry is the bedrock of the beverage industry. Mixologists and sommeliers and their associated bars and restaurants play a major role in driving innovation, educating and entertaining consumers, and providing the industry with critical feedback about consumers’ tastes and wants. It’s time that we recognize the importance of these contributions.

Steve Beal, Senior Advisor to The Tasting Alliance, presenting awards at the 2022 Awards Gala.

Photo, courtesy, Katelyn Tucker Photography/The Tasting Alliance

According to Blue, more than 60 exhibitors will showcase their products, and more are being added daily.

In addition, noted Blue, the event will feature premium hors d’oeuvres with various food stations; and specially paired spirits and wine tastings with The Roe Caviar company, fine chocolates, and cheeses.

You can register to attend the event at Top Shelf.


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