The 2015 San Francisco Competitions Double Gold Tour made a stop at Bazaar Meat by José Andrés at SLS last month and provided a tasting of 43 double gold medal winning wines and 21 spirits. Our Editorial Director Bob Barnes attended and was amazed at the quality of the winning spirits and wines, at least half of which were high end in flavor but not in price. Out of 4,903 wines entered, only 256 received a Double Gold medal and only 174 spirits out of 1,591 received a Double Gold Medal. Pictured here with their brands are Stephen Morocco pouring Tepoz, a triple distilled tequila made with 100% blue agave; and Jose Maria Arreola representing Maracame, the only privately-owned tequila distiller among the top producers of today.

Golden Entertainment Corporate Vice President of Food & Beverage Joe Romano, LVFNBPro Editorial Director Bob Barnes and PT’s Brewing Brewmaster Dave Otto toast to the success of the new PT’s Brewing Company, which will be opening in late January at 3101 N. Tenaya Way in the former digs of Tenaya Creek Brewing. We have no doubt with Dave Otto’s masterful brewing expertise there will be outstanding beer coming forth from the brewery and with the guidance of CIA-Hyde Park graduate Joe Romano the food at the new pub will be well worth a visit as well.