SOURCE: Wine & Spirits Magazine

March 13, 2008 05:15 ET

Save Water. Drink Wine: Wine & Spirits Magazine's 'Hot Picks' Event Showcases Sips of Most Favored Wines of the World

So Cal's Up-and-Coming Wine Pros and Local Restaurants Provide Bites and Pours

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - March 13, 2008) - Wine & Spirits Magazine will showcase their critics' favorite wines of the world while featuring local, young wine professionals and restaurants in the two-city tasting event HOT PICKS. The tour will kickoff in Los Angeles on Thursday, May 22, 2008 from 7 - 10 pm. LA HOT PICKS is set in MODAA Gallery, a world-class mixed use architectural studio, art museum, and artist loft space located at 8609 Washington Boulevard in the culturally burgeoning Culver City. In keeping with Wine & Spirits Magazine's mission to raise awareness of water conservation issues, proceeds of LA HOT PICKS will benefit the Surfrider Foundation. The second HOT PICKS will take place on July 9 in Seattle, at The Paramount Theatre, benefiting Puget Soundkeeper Alliance.

The events celebrate the "Critics' Picks" list which will be featured in the June, 2008 issue. W&S critics taste and evaluate more than 9,000 wines a year. Their favorite wines -- what they deem accessible, delicious and affordable -- comprise this list. These are the wines that they scour wine lists and retail shelves for daily -- what's in their fridge and on the table at their dinner parties. The LA May event coincides with the release of the June issue.

HOT PICKS, designed to reach a mix of millennial and gen Y wine consumers, features sommeliers and wine experts under the age of 35. The event offers Los Angeles oenophiles a multi-level experience that brings together great wine, cuisine from a handful of select local restaurants, and the opportunity to meet ten of their city's most exciting, up-and-coming wine professionals.

Tickets are $75 and available at http://www.wineandspiritsmagazine.com/hotpicks. Space is limited; advance purchase is recommended.

Founded in 1982, Wine & Spirits is published seven times a year and read by over 200,000 members of America's wine community. Consumers and wine professionals read the magazine for information on wine and spirits, including articles on established and up-and-coming regions and producers, the art and science of viticulture, restaurant and industry happenings and food and wine pairing. Wine & Spirits is the only American wine publication to win the James Beard award four times for excellence in wine writing.

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