GSN Alert: 2014 James Beard Awards Beverage Finalists

James-Beard-AwardsBack in February the James Beard Foundation released its “long list” of restaurant and chef semifinalists, and the livestream of the James Beard Foundation nominee announcement in Chicago begins today, March 18th, 2014 at 10:30 EST. Awards already announced this year include the Lifetime Achievement Award (Sirio Maccioni), the Humanitarian Award (Matt Haley), the America’s Classics Awards, and the Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America. The nominees listed today are the finalists in beverage categories.

Wine, Spirits, and Other Beverages Books
· Ray Isle, Food & Wine, “The Battle for America’s Oldest Vines”
· Josh Ozersky, The Wall Street Journal, “Bourbon Mania!”
· Besha Rodell, Punch, “40 Ounces to Freedom”

Beverage Books
· The Cocktail Lab: Unraveling the Mysteries of Flavor and Aroma in Drink, with Recipes, Tony Conigliaro (Ten Speed Press)
· The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World’s Great Drinks, Amy Stewart (Algonquin Books)
· The New California Wine: A Guide to the Producers and Wines Behind a Revolution in Taste, Jon Bonne (Ten Speed Press)

Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional
Sam Calagione, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Milton, DE
Ron Cooper, Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal, Ranchos de Taos, NM
Garrett Oliver, Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn, NY
Harlen Wheatley, Buffalo Trace Distillery, Frankfort, KY
David Wondrich, spirits educator, Brooklyn, NY

Outstanding Wine Program
A16, San Francisco
Bar Boulud, NYC
The Barn at Blackberry Farm, Walland, TN
FIG, Charleston, SC
The Little Nell, Aspen, CO

Outstanding Bar Program
Bar Agricole, San Francisco
The Bar at the NoMad Hotel, NYC
Clyde Common, Portland, OR
Maison Premiere, Brooklyn, NY
The Violet Hour, Chicago

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