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Arch-Nemesis No More! Steve Heimoff Goes From Foe to Friend of the Mutineer: A Retrospective


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Arch-Nemesis No More! Steve Heimoff Goes From Foe to Friend of the Mutineer: A Retrospective

If this were a comic book series, this would be “Steve Heimoff #20″, because a quick search on the Mutineer Blog will bring up no less than 19 posts involving Steve Heimoff.

But this post is different. This post is the epic installment that marks the moment that The Mutineer and Steve Heimoff cease to be arch-nemesis and become allies…or that moment happened sometime last week I think, but it is today that we chronicle the event on the Mutineer Blog.

It’s been a helluva ride, with peace eventually rearing its ugly head at the 2010 Wine Bloggers Conference. We finally met face to face, and an epic conversation ensued, followed by a volley of e-mails of an increasingly positive nature, culminating with Steve making some epic statements on his blog on July 7, 2010.

From his post:
I finally met Alan Kropf at the Wine Bloggers Conference. He and I had had a bit of a tussle a year or so ago, when I said some things he didn’t like and he proceeded to dub me his “arch-nemesis.”
I never replied because, without knowing him or anything about him (except that he is Editor in Chief of Mutineer Magazine), I figured he was just some middle-aged, sweaty jerk with a chip on his shoulder, trying to hustle his way to fame and fortune by attacking the power structure. As it turned out, Alan produced the wine blog awards ceremony at the Conference (and what a tremendous success that was), and when I saw him onstage, it turned out that he’s not a sweaty jerk at all.

He was young, tall and runway thin, dressed in an off-white suit with red sneakers and eye-hiding shades. Very hip and El Lay, a boulevardier-of-Sunset Strip image. Afterwards, he was hanging with his peeps, and I approached for a chit chat. It was a little tense, at first, but we’ve now emailed each other several times, and I’ve decided that Alan Kropf is going to be my new friend, and that’s all there is to it. (Of course, I hope he feels the same way.)

So there you have it. Arch-Nemesis no more. I’m into it. Mr. Heimoff is no doubt an inspired writer and a proven marksmen, and if I ever have questions about the sixties, he can be my trusted ex-hippie friend, though I seem to have a surplus of trusted ex-hippie friends in the wine business at the moment. All in all, he was a formidable foe that fought with class as much as he didn’t, and that’s a style I can relate to.

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Yes, things got epic, but now we look ahead to a new and prosperous era of Heimoff and The Mutineer being ultra-allies of the highest order.


STEVE HEIMOFF: The Retrospective

November 19, 2009 “Steve Heimoff = Arch Nemesis
This Unchecked Aggression Will Not Stand. Mr. Heimoff has drawn a line in the sand by neglecting to hold himself accountable regarding the false accusations he made in reference to the integrity of Mutineer Magazine and myself.

January 15, 2009 “Tom Who?
In case you haven’t heard, I have an arch-nemesis, Steve Heimoff. Now, I didn’t always have Steve Heimoff as an arch-nemesis. Way back when, when I was coming up through the bush leagues, a scrappy fellow by the name of Tom Merle called me out, and thus a rivalry was born. Then, at some point, I got a girlfriend, replaced the ’73 alfa with a sparkling new Passat, grew a mustache, and felt I was ready to move on to a real arch-nemesis, the aforementioned Mr. Heimoff.

June 2, 2009 “The Happening: 2009 Wine Bloggers’ Conference
The Mutineers are sponsoring and will be there in full force to connect with bloggers, cover the action, and hopefully have a showdown between us and Steve Heimoff and his non-existent entourage of irrelevant writers. Heimoff was a speaker at last years WBC, forcing me to choose between challenging him to a duel or actually learning something in another seminar being held at the same time. I chose the latter, and the wily Heimoff snuck out the back before I could call him out. Like Captain Ahab and Moby Dick, Batman and Joker, and Energyologist Jeff Dorenbush and non-caffeinated beverages, all arch-nemesis’s must eventually meet…

October 5, 2009 “The Great Milk Riot of 2009
I’m never eating steak again, for today the mighty cow took a stand on behalf of fine beverage. Okay, I’m eating steak right now, wearing leather pants and getting ready to plant a bull horn stuffed with pages from Steve Heimoff’s last book, but I definitely have new admiration for cows everywhere.


  1. Erin | Tuesday, July 13, 2010

    Congratulations on achieving peace, though I’ll certainly miss the old days. Who will be your next great foe?

  2. Phil | Tuesday, July 13, 2010

    Man, this is like when Darth Vader helped Luke fight the Emperor at the end of Return of the Jedi.

  3. Alan Kropf | Tuesday, July 13, 2010

    Haha, epic, huh? He was formidable foe, though I’m glad we’ve made our peace!

  4. JJ Bagley | Tuesday, July 13, 2010

    I love it! I got to experience this entire saga first hand and I have to say there were times I was looking sideways at our fabled hero.

  5. Steve Heimoff | Wednesday, July 14, 2010

    Kropf, Today will be a day long remembered. I sense something, a presence I’ve not felt since, well, since that day in Walla Walla. The circle is now complete. You have controlled your fear; now, you have released your anger. The force is with you, young Mutineer! And now, I must tell you: Alan, I am your father!

  6. Brian | Wednesday, July 14, 2010

    So if Alan is my brother .. are you my father too? This is getting really awkward.


    The credits are rolling and I’m hearing this music for the end of this most epic saga: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OvK2IWHIec

  7. Brian | Wednesday, July 14, 2010

    Or maybe this song .. but it’s a little creepy LOL


  8. Jim Kropf | Wednesday, July 14, 2010

    So, where does this leave me?

  9. Alan Kropf | Wednesday, July 14, 2010

    Whoa, the comic predicted epic awkwardness, Nostradamus was right!

  10. phil | Wednesday, July 14, 2010

    This is by far the most awesome comment thread I have ever seen.

  11. Ashley Routson | Wednesday, July 14, 2010

    Uncorking a bottle of Champagne with a Jedi light saber would be pretty rad.

  12. Julie | Wednesday, July 14, 2010

    Well, I am the young Mutineers mother, I guess Steve and I should meet again !!!!!

  13. Brian | Wednesday, July 14, 2010

    If it wasn’t awkward before, it definitely is now with the introduction of my mother.


  14. Julie | Wednesday, July 14, 2010

    But am I really your mother? Ashley and you were switched at birth. Your home state is really New York, so now you can vote for that Colonel.

  15. Ashley Routson | Wednesday, July 14, 2010

    Yes. I just gained 3 years of my life back!

    BTW, Brian whenever you can get your things out of my room, that would be cool. Thanks.

  16. Rick | Wednesday, July 14, 2010

    This is confusing. Now who is the uncle daddy?

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  18. Galen Struwe | Tuesday, July 27, 2010

    I’m late here. I just now got around to reading this particular post and while I’m glad that you and Heimoff seem to have smoked some sort of peace pipe together, I wonder what you will do with the total absence of any adversary. It’s not healthy. If there’s anything that I can do to piss you off, anger you into to some long term grudge, let me know. I’d do anything for you.

  19. Steve Heimoff | Friday, September 2, 2011

    Sorry to be late to the party, I’ve been unconscious since Gary Vee retired and just woke up! I had the strangest dream…like I was in a comic book…with some very strange characters…there was a bizarre bald guy and a lady who looked like Sarah Palin except not as hot. I was scared of them both…yet strangely not. Must…go…back…to…sleep…zzzzzzzzzz

  20. Alan Kropf | Friday, September 2, 2011

    Steve, congratulations on experiencing the desired effect.

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