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Jordan Vineyard & Winery Introduces Solar Array & Hopes To Further The Solar Conversation In The Wine Industry


Environmental stewardship in winemaking has become more important than ever in recent years. The wine industry is investing more into increasing sustainability while decreasing their carbon footprint and impact on the planet, and the recent installation of an ambitious solar array at Jordan Vineyard & Winery is a great example.

From the press release:
After focusing on reducing its energy consumption for several years, Jordan Vineyard & Winery has completed installation of a 1,932-panel, solar photovoltaic array composed of 100% American-made equipment—quite uncommon in this country due to the higher cost of U.S.-manufactured products. The solar power generated is expected to offset the family-owned and operated winery’s utility bill by 99% and save nearly $4.9 million in electricity costs over the next 30 years.

While it’s encouraging to see another winery take the step to integrate clean energy into their operations, Lisa Mattson, Communications Director at Jordan Vineyard & Winery, has discovered that the actual number of wineries utilizing solar power is much lower than most people think. According to Mattson, “The largest comprehensive list of solar-powered wineries that exists today only includes about 100, which is sad but not surprising, due to the fragmented tiers of the solar, energy and wine industries.”

As a result, Mattson has started a Solar Powered Wineries Group on Facebook, hoping that it will bring solar-minded wineries together and gain a better perspective on the scope and impact of solar energy on the wine industry, saying, “I’m hoping to build more awareness around how many wineries are using solar, as my research and conversations with insiders at trade groups indicate the numbers are low. I hope they are wrong.”

Jordan Winery

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Oklahoma Supreme Court Upholds Wine Initiative Petition


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Having grown up in Washington, I was used to liquor being monopolized via the State. Unlike California, where I live now, there would be an aisle dedicated to wine and beer at the local grocery store, but no spirits. Some states, like Oklahoma, haven’t even made it that far and are fighting for the right to be able to purchase wine in grocery stores. It would make sense, wouldn’t it? Who wants to make a special trip to the liquor store to pick up marsala or other wine for cooking, or a bottle of sauvignon blanc to sip on the back porch? Quite a few people apparently, and a few judges too as the petition narrowly passed 5-4.

Who wouldn’t want the petition to pass? Liquor retailers, of course, who will be gaining competition as well as other organizations, both who claim wine being widely available will increase the opportunity for alcohol abuse and underage drinking in Oklahoma. Yes! The kids! Won’t somebody think of the kids? I remember the days of my youth, hanging out in the parking lot of a grocery store asking strangers to buy me a bottle of Nero d’Avola.

Facetiousness aside, I do hope this passes. Even if it does, it won’t be too widespread. “The proposal would create a new retail wine license to permit the sale of wine by grocery stores, superstores, supermarkets and warehouse clubs that have at least 25,000 square feet of floor space. Convenience stores would be excluded,” According to NewsOK. They continue, “Wine sales by grocery stores would be restricted to 15 Oklahoma counties with populations of more than 50,000 and would have to be approved in advance in countywide votes.”

Still, the group fighting for the petition, Oklahomans for Modern Laws, have a steep hill in front of them as they must collect 155,216 registered votes to get on the November 6 general election ballot.

What are your thoughts?

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Celebrate #SauvBlanc Day Today!


Sauvignon Blanc©iStockphoto.com/Hofmeester

Today is #SauvBlanc Day! What do you do? It’s easy … Drink your favorite Sauvignon Blancs and join the conversation on Twitter using hashtag #SauvBlanc.

From Napa Valley to New Zealand people will be sharing, enjoying and conversing about the great varietal that is Sauvignon Blanc.

If you plan on joining in the on festivities (and who doesn’t want to spend a Thursday drinking #SauvBlanc?), be sure to tweet us and let us know what’s in your glass!

Three Facts About Sauvignon Blanc

  • Sauvignon Blanc’s homeland is the Loire region of France – most famously from Sancerre and Pouilly Fumé.
  • Sauvignon Blanc is the mother of Cabernet Sauvignon. The father was Cabernet Franc. At some point in the 18th century, the vine paired with Cabernet Franc to parent the Cabernet Sauvignon vine in Bordeaux.
  • Sauvignon Blanc is also known under the synonyms Beyaz Sauvignon, Blanc Doux, Blanc Fume, Bordeaux Bianco, Douce Blanche, Feher Sauvignon, Feigentraube, Fie, Fie dans le Neuvillois, Fume, Fume Blanc, Fume Surin, Genetin, Gennetin, Gentin a Romorantin, Gros Sauvignon, Libournais, Melkii Sotern, Muskat Silvaner, Muskat Sylvaner, Muskatani Silvanec, Muskatni Silvanec, Muskatsilvaner, Painechon, Pellegrina and many, many more.

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Wine, Food, History – Go To Extremes In Provence


Extreme Wine

If you’re the kind of person who hungers for limitlessness, you’re going to want to grab your glass and read on…

Provence is one of several planetary hotbeds where massive tectonic plates collide. But in addition to hosting a jousting match between Africa and Eurasia, Provence is also the location of La Verrière – a boutique wine estate on a UNESCO-protected Biosphere Reserve, gleaming in the shadows of Mont Ventoux. And La Verrière is the location for the world’s ultimate wine course, Extreme Wine Experience.

It took ten years to wrest the property from the ravages of time. The 9th Century Priory and 18th Century Bastide had to be completely restored, and the 40-year-old vineyards restructured – taken back from decades of marauding sheep and weather’s ambivalence. But the painstaking renovation allowed the property to be fitted with contemporary luxuries as well as antique heirlooms. Modern comforts to coordinate with the rustic furniture. Ancient history combined with tennis courts, a helipad, infinity pool, and a state-of-the-art wine tasting and seminar room. It is in this wine room where Extreme Wine’s students are transformed from enthusiasts to accredited wine scholars.

Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) is widely recognized as one of the premier wine education programs in the world. La Verrière’s version has been called the “Rolls Royce of wine courses.” Maybe that’s because each student sets his or her own pace, or perhaps because some of the world’s most celebrated winemakers make special appearances – live and closed-circuit – for this particular program. Maybe it’s the 100+ wines of distinction (worth over $4000, in total), that are tasted over the five-day course, or the catered meals, or the tiny class size (limit of 14 people), which allows guest learners to literally drink in as much knowledge as they can hold.

Although the estate is just 45 minutes northeast of Avignon, the seminar is intended to be a sort of on-site “luxury bootcamp.” Vineyard tours, tastings, lessons and study groups are set in the center of the region’s lush greens, slate mountaintops, and ancient ruins. At the end of the day, those guests with extra post-instruction energy can enjoy twilight hikes or tennis, a round of petanque, a massage, or even a yoga or French class, all offered on the property. Companions without a vigor for vino are welcome to join their partner at the resort (for an additional fee). Activities like golf, horseback riding, sightseeing, shopping and fishing can be arranged by the estate, while the significant other “slaves” away over his or her crystal goblet.

But Extreme Wine Experience isn’t just about the location or the instruction (classes are led by Clive Barlow, MW and Nick Dumergue, two wine industry veterans with almost 40 years of experience between them). The wines of the La Verrière estate – (called Chêne Bleu, after the ancient “blue” oak tree in the center of the property) are, themselves, a mind-expanding experience. Students get to wander the vineyards, touching, tasting and talking about the fruit that goes into these biodynamic, hand-picked, small batch bottlings. Of course, there is plenty to drink, as well.

Chêne Bleu wines carry depth and minerality and a slew of awards behind them. They represent a commitment to quality and a “sense of place.” That place – La Verrière, set in the ancient, changing, lavender-scented cradle of continental development called Provence – is a commanding place to have a sense of, whether one merely tastes it in the wines, or if they embark on the consummate wine vacation, Extreme Wine Experience.

Prices start at around $4500 for a six-night stay. Extreme Wine Experience 2012 is from June 17-21.

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Cheers with the Locals this Friday in Napa Valley at CHEERS! St. Helena


CHEERS! St. Helena

CHEERS! St. Helena is the place to be this Friday night in Napa Valley. After a day of merriment at the Auction Napa Valley Barrel and E-Auction Lot Day at Jarvis Winery, be sure to take a stroll to Napa Valley’s Main Street in St. Helena and continue to taste more of Napa Valley’s finest local wines. Live music and food from the amazing local restaurants are also part of this social gathering. General admission to CHEERS! is free and wine tasting wrist bands are just $35. Season passes are also available for $100. The season pass gives you access to all 2012 CHEERS! events and discounts in the local shops and restaurants. CHEERS! St. Helena runs the first Friday of the month, May through October, and this Friday is the second event of the season.

The 2012 season kick-off in May was a huge success. James Beard nominated modern Mexican Restaurant, La Condesa, was on hand serving their version of roasted street corn and El Jimador tequila was on hand pouring samples and margaritas for the crowds to enjoy. Attendance was up this year as well with the St. Helena Chamber of Commerce now heading up this local event.

This week’s CHEERS! will continue with the best in local wines and food along Main Street and a great way to continue the Auction Napa Valley party. Be sure to stop by the Napa Valley Wine Wave booth to practice the “clink technique” as they prepare to set a Guinness World Record for the longest consecutive relay wine toast on October 7 at Charles Krug in St. Helena.

Quick Details:
CHEERS! St Helena
Website: http://www.cheerssthelena.com/
Email: director@cheerssthelena.com
Social: @CheersStHelena
Phone Number: (800) 799-6456
Price: Attending CHEERS! is free. Wine passes are available for purchase to taste top Napa Valley wines by anyone 21 or over. CHEERS! St. Helena VIP/Shop Local card is available for $100. Passes are exclusive to the social.
When: CHEERS! is held on the 1st Friday of each month at 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. from May-October on St. Helena’s Main Street in Napa Valley.

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Second Glass Wine Riot Chicago This Friday and Saturday!


Wine Riot

Second Glass’s Wine Riot, the US tour of wine events dubbed as two parts education and one part revolution, is just two days away from their Chicago stop. On June 1st and 2nd, Wine Riot will take over the Great Hall at Union Station with 250 wines from around the world. Fueling your night of conquest is a tireless DJ, photo booth, temporary tattoos, and a few thousand of your closest friends. Wine Riot is an incredible event and is a testament to the vision of the founders “to create a fun, non-intimidating place where people could learn about wine.”

    Wine Riot Chicago

  • Opening Night: Friday, June 1, 7-11 PM – $60*
  • Riot One: Saturday, June 2, 1-5 PM – $50
  • Riot Two: Saturday, June 2, 7-11 PM – $50

To purchase tickets to Wine Riot Chicago, click here.

Where else will you see Wine Riot?

  • Wine Riot Boston April 20-21
  • Wine Riot DC May 5
  • Wine Riot Austin July 20-21
  • Wine Riot SF August 3-4
  • Wine Riot NYC September 21-22
  • Wine Riot LA November 10

The Mission of Second Glass
We want you to drink more wine. Sure, wine can seem complicated, but in the end it all comes down to whether you like it or not. It’s that simple. Our goal is to give you the tools to find cool wine tastings, talk to experts, explore wine regions and constantly discover new favorites. You don’t have to use dorky wine-speak or spend a lot of time learning about wine to have fun with it. And we’re here to help.

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2012 Auction Napa Valley E-Auction Underway


Auction Napa Valley

Auction Napa Valley is here! Napa Valley’s iconic annual event has started with their 2012 Auction Napa Valley E-Auction, which offers 149 incredible lots of Napa Valley wine and unique Napa Valley experiences. The E-Auction makes it possible or anyone to join the festivities, regardless of their local.

For those attending this year, on Friday they will have the opportunity to taste and bid on nearly 100 barrel lots at Jarvis Winery, featuring some of the best wines from the biggest names in Napa Valley.

If that still doesn’t quite do it for you, the famed Live Auction Day at Meadowood will. The most over-the-top, incredible lots will go up in live bidding. World class wine coupled with everything from a private performance from Lady Antebellum to trips to France will go under the gavel. After bidding guests will have be treated to a meal by celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse followed by music and dancing.

Why should you bid? Since its inception in 1981, Auction Napa Valley has given more than $100 million to dozens of Napa County health, youth development and affordable housing Napa County non-profits. In 2011, Auction Napa Valley distributed $6.85 million.

To follow the Auction Napa Valley festivities, follow the Napa Valley Vintners Twitter or Mutineer Magazine as we’ll be covering it live. For more information visit the Auction Napa Valley Auction Napa Valley website.

Happy Bidding.

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Millennial Wine Marketing Insight Offered at the Mutineer Magazine #WineCircus


The Mutineer Magazine’s Marvelous Millennial Wine Marketing Circus

Mutineer Magazine and Millennial speakers embarked on an epic five-day journey through five California wine regions to connect with wineries on Millennial marketing strategies. Led by Mutineer Magazine Editor in Chief, Alan Kropf, this first-of-its-kind Millennial wine marketing conference successfully brought together Millennial wine marketing brands to speak about Millennial culture and its implications on the wine industry, free of charge.

The conference started out in rural Calaveras County wine region at Twisted Oak Winery in California gold country. They traveled to Santa Barbara to connect with local wineries at Firestone Vineyards. Paso Robles was next with a full house at EOS Estate Winery, followed by Sebastiani in rustic and picturesque Sonoma County. The finale took place Napa Valley, complete with Cirque du Soleil styled aerial performers at the magnificent Charles Krug Estate.

“This conference turned out to be everything we’d hoped for and more. Professionals like Tyler Balliet are redefining millennial wine culture through the use of technology and innovative events like Wine Riot, and to bring him and the rest of our speakers to five different regions gave us the chance to start real conversations with wineries in each region,” say Kropf.

The complimentary two-hour workshop dazzled attendees with grand discussions and inspired thoughts about the Millennial wine market with topics led by our five presenters:

– Wine is Taking Center Stage: It’s Show Time! by Tyler Balliet
– The Wine Tasting Experience Re-imagined by Sarah Elliman
– Dancing Bears, Snake Oil and Listening Skills by Christophe Smith
– Traditional Public Relations in a Digital Age by Ashley Nicole Teplin
– On the Doorstep of a Wine Revolution by Alan Kropf

“Millennials are an incredibly unique generation of wine drinkers and marketing to them takes new approaches,” says Tyler Balliet, Founder of Second Glass. “They are the first generation to know wine as a mainstream product and they are the first generation to sort and validate information, rather than seek it. Marketers need to adapt and change their approach if they want to reach these consumers.”

The magnanimous circus roustabout included the following five stage performers:

Tyler Balliet, Second Glass: thesecondglass.com / @SecondGlass
— Second Glass was born out of Tyler’s desire to transform wine tasting with technology and education. He developed the mobile application used in tandem with Wine Riot, a millennial focused event that empowers consumers with confidence and education in a fun, entertaining atmosphere. Tyler has been heralded as a new voice in the wine world and crowned “the prince of Boston’s wine revolution” by Stuff Magazine.

Alan Kropf, Mutineer Magazine: mutineermagazine.com / @MutineerMag
— Alan is certified through the Court of Master Sommeliers, Wine & Spirit Education Trust, Cicerone and National Bartenders School. Alan has beverage experience at some of the world’s more prestigious properties, including the Beverly Hills Hotel and Gordon Ramsay. Alan founded Mutineer Magazine in 2008, which was picked up for national distribution in 2009. Since then Alan has won numerous beverage and publishing awards for his work with Mutineer, including Forbes Magazine’s “30 Under 30”, Zagat’s “30 Under 30” for San Francisco, and Wine & Spirits Magazine’s “30 Under 30”.

Christophe Smith, Harvest Live: harvestlive.tv / @cork_dork
— Christophe Smith is a ten year veteran of the wine industry and has worked in production, retail, marketing and national sales, although is best known for his creativity and achievements in social media. Currently a Producer at WineBizRadio.com, and has created Titus TV and Harvest Live, two popular web-based programs that create real world consumer engagement.

Ashley Nicole Teplin, Teplin+Nuss: teplinnuss.com / @TeplinNuss
— Prior to starting her own agency, Ashley Nicole Teplin worked with the renowned Pamela Hunter at Studio-707. Pam and her colleagues pioneered an approach to traditional Public Relations that is today’s standard. She was recently featured in North Bay Biz Magazine as a publicist integral in guiding the consistent online voice in 2012 in the article titled, “Inside the Millennial Mind.”

Sarah Elliman, CellarPass: cellarpass.com / @CellarPass
— Sarah Elliman pioneers new ways to help wineries reach their target audience and increase consumer response, specifically with on-site visits. She applies her keen understanding of the customer/winery relationship at CellarPass, a real-time winery reservation system that helps customers discover and book wine tasting experiences. Resourceful and innovative, Sarah continually develops new ways to improve winery processes and enhance the guest experiences that lead to long lasting customer loyalty.

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