Wine industry luminaries congregated at the historic New York Public Library for Wine Enthusiast Magazine’s 12th annual Wine Star Awards ceremony on Monday night, January 30, 2012. The black-tie gala, which celebrates the most impressive achievements in the world of wine, food and spirits, attracted a crowd of the industry’s most innovative and respected.
Nearly 500 guests arrived in the Library’s majestic lobby for an opening cocktail reception. After tasting a vast selection of wines, spirits and hand-crafted cocktails, attendees descended the white marble staircase into the Celeste Bartos Forum, where a four-course dinner and the awards ceremony were held. Adam Strum, Chairman of Wine Enthusiast Companies and editor and publisher of Wine Enthusiast Magazine, welcomed all by praising the industry’s tremendous accomplishments and offered an honorary toast to wine industry pioneer Jess Jackson, who passed away in April 2011.
David S. Taub of Palm Bay International was the final award recipient of the night. Introduced with a short, playful video depicting Taub in a high-speed car chase—a nod to his professional and personal drive—the Lifetime Achievement award winner explained how there are rewards for people who are in the industry for the long term, those who lay the foundation for future generations.
The evening concluded with soft jazz and a nightcap; guests revisited their favorite sips one last time before exiting the Library into the chilly Manhattan night.
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