Intersect Beverage is proud to announce their recent success at the 4th Annual Spirits of Mexico Tasting Competition, presented by The Polished Palate. All of the premium tequila entered into the competition by Intersect Beverage received award-winning recognition. Their Regional Tequila was awarded the highest award, the Best of Category for Blanco, Silver and Plata, the Tequila Anejo Gold Award, and the Tequila Reposado Silver Award. Their second brand Azunia Tequila, received the Tequila Gold Awards: Blanco, Silver, Plata, the Tequila Reposado Bronze Award and the Tequila Anejo Bronze Award.
This annual event held August 16th at the Best Western Hacienda Hotel in Old Town San Diego, featured over 100 different brands of tequila. The competition was co-hosted by Jack Robertiello, creator of Drinks Ink and past editor of Cheer’s Magazine, and Robert Plotkin, a respected beverage industry author and founder of Bar Media. The judging panel consisted of 12 accredited liquor and tequila experts from across the United States and Mexico. Among the judges was second year participant Mario Marquez, the first certified Tequilier Ambassadeur in the US, who’s passion for tequila has led him to study at over 17 distilleries. The panel also welcomed Junior Merino, a tequila connoisseur and mixologist whose cocktail creations have won him awards and mentions throughout major print and online media outlets such as the New York Times, Women’s Wear Daily and Gourmet Magazine. Merino has acted as a judge for Spirits of Mexico Tasting since its inception. Dori Bryant, President of Polished Palate LLC, stated “The tasting panel was made up of a jury of peers, making it especially hard for competitors. I was very impressed with Intersect Beverage, as all expressions of Azunia and Regional Tequilas swept the 2010 SOM Tasting Competition, garnering 7 Awards including 3 Golds and a Best of Category for Regional Blanco.“
Intersect Beverage’s CEO Jim Riley could not be happier with the results of this year’s event, “I know we have great products which embody the heritage and values of our tequila making process; so it was a great feeling to have an esteemed panel of judges experience our tequila and recognize the quality.”
About Intersect Beverage:
Intersect Beverage, located in Newport Beach, CA, imports premium tequilas. Executives, Jim Riley and Kirk Gaither, have more than twenty years experience in the spirits industry. Intersect Beverage is committed to delivering the highest quality brands and products to every client, employing the best management and sales team in the industry involving each individual in the success of the company and its partners. Dedicated to redefining the spirits industry, having fun while delivering only the finest quality products to the market.
Intersect Beverages’ products include: Azuñia Tequila (ultra-premium tequila) produced from the finest quality hand-selected 100% Weber blue agave plants, grown and harvested by one of the oldest and most experienced growers in the Jalisco Region of Mexico. Azuñia’s Tequila portfolio includes: Platinum Blanco (perfect choice for a refreshing Azuñia margarita), Reposado (an authentic pleasure with a touch of smokiness) and Añejo (the most sophisticated with hints of vanilla and nuts).
Regional Tequila (authentic premium tequila) produced from 100% Weber Blue Agave and double distilled. Regional’s portfolio includes: Regional Blanco, Reposado and Añejo. Each brand delivering a distinct flavor for all to enjoy! To learn more about Azuñia Ultra-Premium Tequilas and to download a list of Azuñia and Regional Tequila cocktails visit www.azuniatequila.com and www.regionaltequila.com
About Polished Palate:
Since 2005, the Polished Palate has been hosting cutting edge Tasting Events, educating the consumer on all aspects of each distilled spirit category. Through seminars hosted by recognized industry professionals, guests learn about the history & culture of each spirit, their impact on society, current trends & appropriate tasting techniques, while promoting responsible consumption.