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Partying Like a Mutineer


Crazy Receipt

Someone has clearly taken a page from the Official Mutineer Guide to Partying with their over-the-top party on May 5th at the Tryst Nightclub at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas. I think the picture is worth a thousand words… but wow, $100,000 for four bottles of 15-liter non-vintage Veuve Clicquot Champagne? However, I think my biggest question is that there are 25 bottles of Dom Pérignon floating around for this group (for a grand total of $46,200), one of which is a 1995 6-liter bottle, and one (or two) people decide that they should order a Bud Light?

After that, my favorite part would be the $30,000 tip. Geeze, is that all?

4 comments 06.08.2011 |

2011 TAPAS Grand Wine Tasting – Sunday June 5


2011 TAPAS Grand Tasting

Sunday June 5th marks the beginning of the 2011 TAPAS Grand Wine Tasting, which Mutineer Magazine is very proud to be involved in as the Platinum Media Sponsor. TAPAS, or Tempranillo Advocates, Producers and Amigos Society, is a nonprofit trade association of over one hundred wineries, growers, and amigos, whose mission is to promote Tempranillo and other varietal wine grapes native to the Iberian Peninsula, and wines produced from them in North America.

At the 2011 Grand Wine Tasting, guests will have the opportunity to taste wines from grape varieties indigenous to Spain and Portugal that are now cultivated in America with 43 wineries and growers on-site pouring their wine. This is the most extensive annual tasting of domestically produced Spanish and Portuguese varietals such as Tempranillo, Albariño, Garnacha, Graciano, Mourvedre, Touriga, Verdelho and more in North America.

Of course, all of this is for a great cause, with their 2011 Charitable Partner being the Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation, which will receive the proceeds from their auction of special wines, crystal decanters and other great items.

Music and food will be available as well. For a complete list of wineries pouring, click here.

  • WHO: You!
  • WHAT: TAPAS Grand Wine Tasting
  • WHERE: Herbst Pavilion at Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA.
  • WHEN: June 5 2:00pm-5:00pm
  • WHY: To get your Spanish and Portuguese varietal wine on and support Make-A-Wish Foundation!
  • COST: $40 advanced tickets online / $60 at the door

Use discount code “Mutiny” at checkout online for an additional $10 off.

To purchase tickets, click here.

Find TAPAS Facebook and follow them on Twitter at @TAPASociety.

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2011 Rootstock Festival – Santa Rosa July 16th


Rootstock 2011

Mutineer Magazine is proud to announce our involvement and sponsorship of Creative Furnace’s Rootstock 2011, the great gastronomic wine, street food, and music festival to be held in Santa Rosa July 16th. If you’re in the area, be sure to come out for wine tasting with 30 wineries, live music, food, and special guests to include Mutineer Magazine’s very own Editor-in-Chief Alan Kropf.

A portion of the days proceeds will benefit Worth Our Weight, a culinary apprentice program for people ages 16-24 years old who have faced challenges in their lives from homelessness to growing up in foster care.

Other guests on-hand will be Bob Blumer aka Surreal Gourmet, Heather Irwin who will head the Best Bites Competition, and Ziggy The Wine Gal from Wine Country Radio who will act as the festival’s Mistress of Ceremonies.

Be sure to check the list of Musicians that will be playing and we’ll see you there!

  • WHO: You!
  • WHAT: 2011 Rootstock Festival
  • WHERE: Santa Rosa Vintners’ Square
    1301 Cleveland Ave
    Santa Rosa, CA 95401
  • WHEN: July 16th 2:00pm-7:00pm
  • WHY: To party!
  • COST: $35 advanced tickets online / $45 at gate, if available

If you’re on Twitter, the official hashtag for the event is #RootstockFest and you can find them on Facebook as well.

2 comments 06.01.2011 |

Napa Vintners Takes Charity Fundraising Global


Auction Napa Valley

The famous Auction Napa Valley hosted by the non-profit Napa Valley Vintners trade association is expanding its bidder base by adding an online auction component to the annual event. More than 150 lots ranging from small offerings of wine to large collections of wine ideal for cellar building will be offered for people from around the world to bid on. Already the world’s most successful charity wine auction and in its 31st year, the auction to date has raised nearly $97 million to scores of non-profit programs.

“We look forward to bringing these great wines and wine experiences to Napa Valley wine lovers around the world. We have put together some incredible offerings in more than 150 lots. It’s a never-before-seen, really amazing global outreach that brings together the best of Napa Valley–and all for great causes that support healthcare, youth services and affordable housing non-profit programs” said Andy Schweiger of Schweiger Vineyards, who is leading the online component of Auction Napa Valley this year.

Lots are available for preview now at www.napavintners.com/anv with bidding beginning on Sunday, May 29 at 8am and continuing until Sunday, June 5, at 6pm Pacific Daylight Time, when lots will close and winning bidders will be notified.

If you’ve been left out in the past because you couldn’t make it to Napa, here is your chance to bid on some unbelievably incredible wine.

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Freixenet Tastings & Tapas Truck To Hit The Road Beginning In June


Freixenet Tastings & Tapas Truck (angled)

Joining the exciting mobile food revolution, Freixenet USA announces the launch of the Freixenet Tastings & Tapas Truck this June. The “Black Bottle Bubbly” will visit five east coast cities to introduce the first food truck created to share the beauty and versatility of cava, Spain’s sparkling wine, one glass of Freixenet at a time. As the first sparkling wine to go mobile, Freixenet recognizes that the food truck culture provides a unique and perfectly matched showcase to make sparkling wine accessible for everyday enjoyment, to highlight its fondness for food, and share Spain’s love of nightlife.

The Freixenet Tastings & Tapas Truck will make several stops in each city to connect with consumers, offering them the opportunity to taste Freixenet sparkling wine, nibble on “tapas” and play games. The Freixenet Tastings & Tapas Truck tour will provide occasions for people to discover how “wonderfully unexpected” Freixenet can be, whether they are tasting it for the first time or finding it again.

The Freixenet Tastings & Tapas Truck will be stopping in the following cities:
· June 2-5: Hoboken and Asbury Park, New Jersey
· June 9-12: Boston, Massachusetts
· June 16-18: Baltimore, Maryland
· June 23-26: Washington, DC

Up to the minute tour updates and details, including “wonderfully unexpected” happenings along the way, can be followed at www.freixenetusa.com/cavatruck, via Twitter and on Facebook. Freixenet lovers all over the country can also join in the fun of the tour with the “Wonderfully Unexpected Photo Contest.” Photos capturing spontaneous, everyday moments with Freixenet can be submitted to enter the contest for a chance to win prizes including a grand prize of a night on the town for two. Complete rules will be available online.

Each bottle of Freixenet takes a minimum of three years to create from the grape to the glass and is made using the traditional method (the same process used for champagne) and the latest technology to ensure consistency. Even with this unwavering focus on quality, Freixenet is still very wallet friendly, which, with its versatility, makes it the perfect wine for every day. And lest you think sparkling wine is just for celebrating, Freixenet is a “wonderfully unexpected” pairing with spicy foods, barbecue, sushi, fried foods like pommes frites, and even popcorn.

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Issue #9 Mutineer Interview: Maynard James Keenan Now Available Free Online


Maynard Behind Bar

As beverage journalists, we have had the opportunity to sit down and chat with some of the most influential beverage rock stars of our time from Ken Grossman of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. to Jonathan Goldsmith of Dos Equis’ The Most Interesting Man in the World fame to Mr. King Cocktail himself Dale DeGroff. But we’ve also had the chance to sit down with a real life rock star when we visited Maynard James Keenan at his Jerome, Arizona winery Caduceus Cellars. Famous as the front man for rock bands Tool, A Perfect Circle and Puscifer, his first wines were launched in 2004 and this is his story.

Mutineer Magazine: What drew you to wine?
Maynard James Keenan: It’s just a complex art form that requires that you get involved, developing your own senses, developing your own awareness.

How is creating art with grapes similar to creating art with music?
It’s very similar, of course it all depends on the winemaker or the musician. As far as my process, it’s definitely a process of listening…a game of awareness basically. Just listening to what’s happening in the room, listening to what’s happening in the glass, in the barrel, listening to what’s happening in the vineyard, and moving accordingly.

How does your music background change your approach to wine? You’re coming at wine from a unique angle.
But a lot of people do. A lot of people that have vineyards or are making wine, there’s a significant percentage that come to it from a different perspective because maybe they’re successful in some other area and now they have a little bit of cash that they, well, the cliché is that if you want to make a small fortune in the wine business, you have to start with a very large fortune, which is cliché, but it’s true. But you end up having to explain that the small fortune is more consistent and sustainable and it’s a quality of life choice. Probably the lifestyle that you had before was very stressful to make that kind of income and required a lot of headaches and sleepless nights, sore backs, or whatever. A large portion of making wine is labor. People don’t understand it’s not just tasting wine, it’s a lot of work, but it’s wake up at a decent hour in the morning and you go to work, and you’re in your own bed that night.

It’s just experience. A writer writes, and a drinker drinks. You just have to be open to what you’re experiencing.

How did you develop your palate and explore the world of wine?
It’s just experience. A writer writes, and a drinker drinks. You just have to be open to what you’re experiencing. A lot of the education comes from contrast and comparing, so if you have some friends and can open up some bottles of wine, just make sure you taste them in a relatively right order and with food. See how they go with food and how they go with each other. Depending on the wine you’re drinking, you might have an awkward experience with a wine you’re not ready to taste. Some people are into the heavy big cabs, and then they try and taste a pinot noir after that and they don’t understand what they’re experiencing, because the heaviness and the fruit bomb from the California cab interrupts the process, so it’s a matter of education. And you know, another education is to open a bottle of wine, let it breathe a little bit, taste it on its own, wait a little while later, have it with some basic foods, some meats or cheeses, taste it again, and then eat something super sweet, like drink a Coca-Cola and eat a Snickers bar, and then taste the wine again, and you’ll see that the wine tastes like shit, because the sugars and all those things kill the experience of the wine.

To continue reading this Mutineer Interview, click here.

1 comment 05.25.2011 |

Pink Out! SF a Sell Out Success for 7th Straight Year


Pink Out! SF

Rosé Avengers & Producers and Chef Lam of Butterfly Restaurant hosted the 7th Annual PINK OUT! SF on May 10th to a sell out crowd. In tandem with Pink Out! SF, RAP teamed again with TasteLive — the world’s premier online tasting community — to host a live streaming broadcast from Butterfly hosted by Courtney Cochran, certified sommelier, entrepreneur and author of “Hip Tastes,” with wine bloggers tasting remotely. The virtual tasting was sponsored by CellarPass, Mutineer magazine, and featured Gloria Ferrer Brut Rosé, Robert Oatley Sangiovese Rosé, and one of the world’s most exclusive rosés, Chateau d’Esclans “Garrus.”

Pink Out!: The Pink Out! SF celebration at Butterfly restaurant and featured an extensive walk-around t asting of 40-plus classic still and sparkling rosés from throughout the world, accompanied by delicious appetizers and chill DJ grooves. Chef Lam will once again dished up rosé-inspired Pan-Pacific appetizers from sustainably and organically sourced ingredients. Of course, our guests sported their most fun and entertaining pink attire.

And new this year, RAP partnered with Mutineer magazine to help raise funds for its Clean Water Crusader campaign in support of A Child’s Right. A Child’s Right is a nonprofit relief organization that provides clean drinking water for children living in orphanages and street shelters as well as those attending schools and visiting children’s hospitals in impoverished urban and semi-urban areas in underdeveloped countries.

Raffle Grand Prize: To help raise funds, The Flamingo Conference Resort & Spa in Sonoma County, California is supported the fundraising effort by providing a two night wine country weekend getaway in a poolside suite with breakfast buffet and health club admission for two as the evening’s raffle grand prize. Amorosa Bella joined in with a bottle of sparkling and a collection of its authentic sensuality products. And to top it off, the package included a $100 gift certificate to dine at Zazu Farm & Restaurant.

Pink Out! SF Pink Out! SF

For more pictures from the event, click here.

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Second Glass and Mutineer Magazine Present Wine Riot Chicago – May 21


Second Glass

Wine, food, seminars, and a ton of enthusiastic millenials being enthusiastic about wine is what Wine Riot is all about. Tomorrow Second Glass’ Wine Riot will take over the Great Hall at Union Station in Chicago for two sessions where novice and experiences winos alike will have the opportunity to learn about and enjoy wine like never has been done before in an environment where learning and having fun is emphasized through 20 minute wine crash course seminars, a mobile app designed specifically for the event, photoboots, live DJs and so much more.

If you are in Chicago, we hope to see you there.

WHO: Second Glass, Mutineer Magazine, and wine lovers.

WHAT: Wine Riot Chicago

WHERE: Great Hall at Union Station
210 S Canal St, Chicago, IL

Riot One: Saturday, May 21, 1-5 PM
Riot Two: Saturday, May 21, 7-11 PM

WHY: To party and learn about and explore wine.

COST: $50 per session. Get your tickets here.

Seen below is the long lost picture of Mutineers JJ, Brian, and Ian who were rumored to have been in attendance a Wine Riot Los Angeles.

Mutineers at Wine Riot Los Angeles

Photo by Tommy B Photography

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