These Are the 2015 James Beard Award Finalists in Beverage


The 2015 James Beard Award Finalists are hot off the presses with a competitive showing across all beverage categories including cocktail book, outstanding bar and wine programs. Congratulations to our own Talia Baiocchi, editor-in-chief of PUNCH for her nomination on SHERRY in the category of Book Awards for Beverage.

The 2015 James Beard Awards will be hosted by Alton Brown on May 4th at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and tickets will go on sale April 1st. The Book, Broadcast, and Journalism Awards Dinner will be hosted by Carla Hall on April 24th at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers in New York. Tickets are now on sale.

Nominated for Outstanding Bar Program:
Arnaud’s French 75 Bar, New Orleans
Bar Agricole, San Francisco
Maison Premiere, Brooklyn, NY
Trick Dog, San Francisco
The Violet Hour, Chicago

Outstanding Wine Program Nominees:
A16, San Francisco
Bern’s Steak House, Tampa, FL
FIG, Charleston, SC
McCrady’s, Charleston, SC
Spago, Beverly Hills, CA

For 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
Ted Lemon, Littorai Wines, Sebastopol, CA
Rajat Parr, Mina Group, San Francisco
Harlen Wheatley, Buffalo Trace Distillery, Frankfort, KY

The 2015 JBF Book Awards for Beverage:
Death & Co: Modern Classic Cocktails, with More than 500 Recipes – Alex Day, Nick Fauchald, and David Kaplan, Ten Speed Press
Liquid Intelligence: The Art and Science of the Perfect Cocktail – Dave Arnold, W. W. Norton & Company
Sherry: A Modern Guide to the Wine World’s Best-Kept Secret, with Cocktails and Recipes – Talia Baiocchi, Ten Speed Press

Journalism in Wine, Spirits, and Other Beverages
“Into the Vines,” Gabrielle Hamilton for AFAR
“In New Orleans, Terrific Cocktails Never Went out of Fashion,” M. Carrie Allan for The Washington Post
“OMFG it’s the PSL!” Allecia Vermillion for Seattle Met

Master mixologist Dale DeGroff was also nominated for the 2015 JBF Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America. [Photo: Flickr/John]