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2014 Taste of the Caribbean Winners

Monterey, CA – July 3, 2014 –

Taste of the Caribbean Showcase

2014 Taste of the Caribbean Winners

National Team of the Year: Puerto Rico

Chef of the Year: Rachindra Dongen, Bonaire. (First female to win Caribbean Chef of the Year).

Junior Chef of the Year: Sanju Smith, Jamaica

Pastry Chef of the Year: Sheldon Tracey Sweeting, Bahamas

Bartender of the Year: Brandon DeCloux, USVI

A complete list of winners.

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About Esser Vineyards

Esser® wines are produced from the cool Central Coast Region of California and crafted from sustainably farmed vineyards. These wines express the fruit, the climate, the terroir and water into a poetic expression of flavors long sought by wine connoisseurs from around the globe.

Under the new ownership and with a team of seasoned professionals, Esser Vineyards is positioned as one of the premium Central Coast producers creating award winning Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Esser wines offer Old World elegance, and express terroir as well as exceptional varietal character.

About Appellation Ventures

Appellation Ventures is a California LLC comprised of leaders in the California Wine Industry and seasoned business executives and investors. Appellation Ventures strives to find small wineries with solid reputations for quality and then provides the capital and resources to enable significant growth.


Steve Manley, President/CEO
Appellation Ventures, LLC.
P.O. Box 278780
Sacramento, CA 95827

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