Sommelier Journal to become SOMM Journal
Encino, Calif.—TPM Custom Publishing, which produces The Tasting Panel magazine, announced that it acquired Sommelier Journal. Meridith May, TPM’s publisher and executive editor, said in a statement that the firm is reviving Sommelier Journal as The SOMM Journal and expanding the magazine’s focus to include coverage of spirits, coffee, tea and food trends. Sommelier Journal had ceased publishing Oct. 25. The SOMM Journal will be based in Encino, Calif., and the first issue is scheduled to be distributed in spring 2014. Anthony Dias Blue will be the magazine’s editor in chief, and David Gadd will be the managing editor. Sommelier Journal founder David Vogels will serve as a consulting editor.