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Wine Blog Awards Nominations Now Being Accepted


Wine Blog Awards

The annual Wine Blog Awards is now accepting nominations! With that said, Mutineer Magazine is proud to announce that we are sponsoring the Wine Blog Awards and our very own Alan Kropf will be presenting the awards live at the Wine Bloggers Conference.

Do you have a favorite wine blog or favorite winery blog? A favorite new wine blog or a blog that you think has great photography or design? Or, newcomer award to the group, Best Blog Post. Nominations are open across nine categories until May 30th.

To nominate a blog, visit the Wine Blog Awards website.

The winners will be announced at the 2012 Wine Bloggers Conference in Portland, Oregon on Saturday, August 18th hosted by Mutineer Magazine Editor in Chief Alan Kropf.

The goal of the Wine Blog Awards is a simple one: Honor and celebrate the best in wine blogging; encourage the wine blogging community to continue what has been a continued march to relevance and success in the area of wine education and reporting and to draw attention to the wine blogging community.

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Mutineer Magazine Marvelous Millennial Wine Circus Next Stop: Paso Robles


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Paso Robles AVA. Red pins indicate wineries.

Paso Robles is where you go for punch you in the face, no holds-barred, swift kick in the cohones wines. This is Zinfandel country with some wineries rocking 60+ year old vines. The wines are big, fat, juicy, jammy wines that pack one of the biggest bangs for their buck in California. What started out as a one-trick pony, with the key grape being Zinfandel, in the 1990s expanded and grew when the French wine powerhouse Château de Beaucastel dropped their US branch, Tablas Creek Vineyard, right in the heart of Paso.

They brought with them winemaking techniques but also grape vine clippings from primo Châteauneuf-du-Pape soil. Eager to make friends the new neighbors shared their French grapes and helped turn Paso Robles from a few dedicated winemakers with a dream into a world class wine region.

The wineries you shouldn’t miss are Chronic Cellars, Tablas Creek, JUSTIN, Cypher Winery (with their epic wood fired pizzas at Farmstand 46), the OG Peach Canyon, hit up Hope Family Wines and don’t miss the downtown wine scene including Clayhouse Wine. Of course you wouldn’t want to miss Eos Estate Winery where we’re hosting the circus.

Whether you live in LA or San Francisco or even New York, if you’re not hitting up Paso Robles, you’re missing out on wine. As a member of the Millennial Wine Circus I’m excited and proud to be hitting speaking to such a talented group of winemakers. Now let’s drink some Zin!

This post was created by Tyler Balliet, Founder and President of Second Glass, and speaker on the Mutineer Magazine Marvelous Millennial Wine Circus.

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Mutineer Magazine Marvelous Millennial Wine Circus Begins Today: Calaveras County


Calaveras Couny, CA

A platoon of Mutineers and millennial wine marketing wizards hit the road today to kick off the Mutineer Magazine Marvelous Millennial Wine Circus in none other than rip roaring Calaveras County, California.

Calaveras County is located in the Sierra Foothills a couple hours east of San Francisco. The Mutineers called Calaveras County home for over 7 months in 2010 & 2011, living in the small mountain hamlet of Murphys as part of a wine marketing project called “Camp Mutineer”, which utilized a range of artistic mediums to tell the Calaveras County wine story.

The Calaveras County stop of the Wine Circus will take place at Twisted Oak Winery, home of the great Jeff Stai and his twisted rogue renegade regiment of rubber chickens. Twisted Oak focuses on Rhone and Spanish varietals, including the epic “River of Skulls” Mourvèdre & Syrah blend (sold out), or the prolific “The Spaniard” Tempranillo, Graciano & Garnacha blend.

There are a bunch of killer wineries in Calaveras County, and some that really resonate with me include Newsome-Harlow, Tanner Vineyards, Chatom Vineyards, Zucca Mountain Vineyards and Lavender Ridge.

If you ever visit the area, definitely rappel down the Moaning Cavern, check out Ironstone Vineyards for concerts and a museum, and the Murphys Historic Hotel, because you must.

Stay tuned for video blog diaries by the great Chris Eldridge of CineVine.com. We’ll try and post as soon as possible. In the meantime, follow the circus on the Mutineer Facebook as well as on Twitter through @MutineerMag and using the #winecircus hashtag.

Here’s a full list of the speakers on tour and their twitter handles:

Tyler Balliet, Second Glass: thesecondglass.com / @SecondGlass

Harry Oranges, Mutineer Magazine: mutineermagazine.com / @MutineerMag

Alan Kropf, Mutineer Magazine: mutineermagazine.com / @MutineerMag

Christophe Smith, Harvest Live: harvestlive.tv / @cork_dork

Ashley Nicole Teplin, Teplin+Nuss: teplinnuss.com / @TeplinNuss

Sarah Elliman, CellarPass: cellarpass.com / @CellarPass

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The Divining Rod Wines Launch Party Hits Washington DC


The Divining Rod Logo
The latest installment in the Ex Aqua Vinum Tour, the launch party for the new super-natural wine label “The Divining Rod” will make its way to DC next week. Guests will have the chance to be one of the first to ever try this new wine label and also the unique opportunity to party in a swanky loft with Marc Mondavi. Meet this Winemaker and Water Witch Extraordinaire and get your taste on with his Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay. Simply Divine.

In the DC area? Be sure not to miss Marc Mondavi and The Divining Rod wines.

Thursday, May 17
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

The Hamilton Loft
600 14th Street NW
Washington, DC

For more information visit http://thediviningroddc.eventbrite.com

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Join the Millennial Wine Circus: a Wine Marketing Conference of the Highest Order


The Wine Circus is coming! The Wine Circus is coming!

Mutineer Magazine’s Marvelous Millennial Wine Marketing Circus will hit the road next week with five events across five wine regions in five days.

May 14 – Calaveras County
May 15 – Santa Barbara County
May 16 – Paso Robles
May 17 – Sonoma
May 18 – Napa Valley

Click the links above to register now for FREE.

The Millennial Wine Circus is a traveling marketing conference for the forward thinking winery. Mutineer has brought together seven noteworthy speakers to discuss the word MILLENNIAL and its impact on the wine industry.

Millennial entrepreneurs and dynamic wine professionals like Tyler Balliet + Morgan First will offer insight into the minds of the millennial wine drinker. The wine riot continues as Ashley Teplin will discuss the role of “Traditional PR in a Digital World” while Sarah Elliman will share untold relics from her journey to “Rediscover the Tasting Room Experience”.

The infamous Harry Oranges will ensure there is never a dull moment as Ringmaster for the Millennial Wine Circus. Wine biz dynamo Christophe Smith will display his “Dancing Bears, Snake Oil, and Listening Skills” and The Mutineer himself, Alan Kropf will take the stage to prove that anything is possible in the world of fine beverage.

Registration is filling up quickly with Napa and Sonoma already sold out. To request to be added to the reserve list for events in Napa or Sonoma email HarryO@MutineerMagazine.com

Click the links above to attend the Wine Circus today!

*Note from the Ringmaster: This video was filmed and produced by #WineCircus videographer Chris Eldridge. If you could put wine video talent into a bottle, it would have upfront flavors of “CineVine” with notes of catnip and a juicy finish.

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Summer Gas Rebate from Charles Krug Winery


Charles Krug Winery 150th Anniversary

Thinking about making the drive to Napa Valley but gas prices have you thinking otherwise? Charles Krug Winery doesn’t want you to sweat it and is offering a rebate to visitors coming from out of town. They’ve made it pretty simple; as long as the San Francisco Bay Area gas price average is over $4.00 per gallon (or until September 30), visitors to Charles Krug will receive a rebate applicable towards their tasting fees. Drive from 10-24 miles, receive $5 off. Drive 25-49 miles, receive $10 off. 50+? $15 off your tasting fee.

The fine print?

-Rebate must be printed at www.charleskrug.com and redeemed at tasting room.
-Rebate is by zone (10-24 miles, 25-49 miles, over 50 miles), $5, $10 and $15 respectively.
-One rebate per vehicle, and applicable to a tasting fee.
-Promotion runs through September 30 or until the price of gas falls below $4/gallon–whichever comes first.
-Cannot be combined with any other offer.

Regardless, a cool out-the-box initiate that is Mutineer Approved. The beautiful and historic grounds of Charles Krug will also be home to the Marvelous Millennial Wine Marketing Circus on May 18th. We hope to see you there!

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Re-Cap: Fifth Annual Pebble Beach Food & Wine


2012 Pebble Beach Food & Wine

For five years, Coastal Luxury Management has been putting on a party of gallant proportions, known as Pebble Beach Food and Wine. This year, from April 12 – 15, 5,000 attendees, inclined to eating and drinking the good life, mixed and mingled with 75 celebrity chefs (the likes of Daniel Boulud, Jacques Pépin, and Masaharu Morimoto), and downed the intoxicating wares of 250 of the world’s most acclaimed wineries (Veuve Clicquot, Dom Perignon, Domaine Dujac, Cos Estournel, Chateau D’Yquem and Gaja, to name a few).

But the event isn’t just about indulgence. The festival also supports multiple local charities: Monterey Wine Educational Foundation, The Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) and Pebble Beach Company Foundation. Since its inception in 2008, the festival has donated over $500,000. It’s epic eating and drinking – for good!

The following images were collected during the four days of cooking demonstrations, extravagant dinners and unparalleled wine tastings. Dinners with Thomas Keller, First Growth Bordeaux tastings, a cocktail-making demonstration with The Cosmopolitan Hotel Las Vegas’ Mariena Mercer, presentations by Tyler Florence, Michael Chiarello and Laura Werlin – which food and wine events make your mouth water? Share with us in the comments section!

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“Hi, I’m a Millennial” > The Mutineer Magazine Marvelous Millennial Wine Marketing Circus


A not-so-rare sighting of millennial wine drinkers in their natural habitat. #WineCircus

For all you folks in the wine business: three weeks from now, seven inspired millennial wine marketing speakers will hit the road with the Mutineer Magazine Marvelous Millennial Wine Marketing Circus with stops in five California wine regions:

May 14 – Calaveras County
May 15 – Santa Barbara
May 16 – Paso Robles
May 17 – Sonoma Valley
May 18 – Napa Valley

We couldn’t be more thrilled with our lineup of speakers, which includes:

Tyler Balliet
Sarah Elliman
Morgan First
Alan Kropf
Harry Oranges
Christophe Smith
Ashley Nicole Teplin

Best of all, IT’S FREE! Registrations are filling up quick, with Napa and Sonoma almost full. Click on the region links above to register on Eventbrite.

We filmed this video with the spectacular Chris Eldridge of CineVine at SF Vintners Market last weekend, which should be noted was FULL of enthusiastic millennial wine drinkers.

Let’s Do This!

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