The James Beard Foundation’s mission is to "celebrate, nurture and honor chefs and other leaders making America's food culture more delicious, diverse, and sustainable for everyone." Hear, hear!
So without further ado, meet the Mouth makers who are semifinalists for a 2017 James Beard Award in the Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional category:
Scott Blackwell and Ann Marshall, High Wire Distilling Company, Charleston, SC
Chris Weld, Berkshire Mountain Distillers, Sheffield, MA
Lance Winters, St. George Spirits, Alameda, CA
Steve Matthiasson, Matthiasson Wines, Napa, CA
Diane Flynt, Foggy Ridge Cider, Dugspur, VA
Steve McCarthy, Clear Creek Distillery, Portland, OR
Stay tuned – the final nominees will be announced on March 15!
May the best indie win.