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Marc Mondavi Turns Wine Into Water while Supporting charity: water for World Water Day on March 22, 2014

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With the recent water crisis in California, Marc Mondavi has been a wanted winemaker and water dowser. Marc has been water witching (or dowsing – the ability to locate water far beneath the ground using his divining rods) for over 40 years. It wasn’t until the last few weeks that his talents have really come into the limelight. His water witching has enabled him to plant amazing vineyards throughout California and help farmers across California keep their thirsty crops well hydrated.

Marc’s newest wine endeavor, The Divining Rod wines, have recently partnered with charity to continue his support of water for World Water Day. Launching this week, Marc is asking all mutineers to support the struggles many face daily to find clean and drinkable water. This campaign will be ongoing in hopes of supporting charity: water, a non-profit organization that brings clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations.

We at Mutineer have been a longtime supporter of all things water related, with our founder’s past trip with Splash (formerly A Child’s Right) to Nepal and our campaign for clean water crusaders, this is a natural and exciting new program we are thrilled to promote.

Donate today and help spread the word of clean water.

The Divining Rod makes two wines, an Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and a Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay. To purchase wines, click here.

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Union Wine Co., Alternative Packaging, and Canned Wine



In the past, wine only came in glass bottles and with traditional corks. Or, rather, this is the only way they were acceptable. Wines that came in jugs or boxes with spouts on the end were looked at as inferior, with no real purpose but to put quantity over quality with cheap wine inside. Eventually, new alternative forms of packaging emerged like Tetra Paks, kegged wine, pouches, metal bottles, stelvin wine closures and synthetic corks, and more. All of these are practical in the right application and many of them offer great wines. Free Flow Wines, for instance, offers some of your favorite Napa Valley wines in kegs across the country.

Many of these alternative packaging options also offer convenience, which make these wine options popular among the younger wine drinking crowd. One alternative packaging offering was so popular for one small winery that they made it a mainstay in their production lineup. Oregon’s Union Wine Company introduced a canned wine at the Portland’s Feast 2013 Food & Wine event as a promotional idea centered around the “beerificiation of wine” trend. It was such a hit that they decided to bring it to market Spring of 2014. See the full post »

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Premiere Napa Valley Breaks Previous Record, Raises $6 Million



Photo by Ashley Teplin

Each year, the Napa Valley Vintners–the nonprofit trade association responsible for promoting and protecting the Napa Valley appellation–hold two major events; Auction Napa Valley and Premiere Napa Valley. Auction Napa Valley is geared towards consumers who bid on incredible auction lots like trips around the world, private concerts from Grammy award winning artists, and more. All the money raised from this, in which an excess of $110 million has been raised since 1981, goes to local health, youth and affordable housing non-profit programs.

On the other hand, there is Premiere Napa Valley. This event is for the trade to include restaurant owners, wine buyers, beverage directors, and wine shops and these attendees are looking to buy auction lots of extremely limited Premiere Napa Valley wine that will be unique to their establishment. The money raised from this auction supports the Napa Valley Vintners and the work they do promoting and protecting Napa Valley throughout the year.

Premiere Napa Valley was this past Saturday and it was one for the record books. This year’s event was attended by 600 top trade and media guests who traveled from eight countries and 28 states. The previous record of $3.1 million dollars in 2012 was nearly doubled as the auction brought in $5.9 million with 225 auction lots ranging from 60 bottles to 240 bottles each. 90% of the lots were from the 2012 harvest and overall each bottle of wine averaged a wholesale cost of $283. These 225 auction lots went to 73 successful bidders. See the full post »

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The Happening: Family Winemakers of California 2014 Southern California Tasting Event


Family Winemakers of California

Registration has opened for the 2014 Southern California Tasting Event presented by Family Winemakers of California. Family Winemakers of California is an association of family-owned wineries in California established in 1991 to help shape public policy for small wine producers and has an active membership of more than 400 California wineries.

From Alameda to Yountville, over 175 California wineries will be involved with the tasting pouring over 750 wines for consumers as well as members of the trade and media.

“With California accounting for nearly 90 percent of total American wine production, our tasting event is incredibly important for both California wineries and members of the trade,” added Paul Kronenberg, president of Family Winemakers of California. “The Southern California tasting is the perfect setting for wine industry trade members to taste some of the finest California wines in one convenient location. In turn, the tasting gives small, family-owned wine producers the opportunity to have one-on-one face-time, thereby gaining valuable market exposure with their product.”

The tasting will take place Sunday March 9 at the Pasadena Convention Center throughout two sessions. The first will be only open to qualified media and trade, and the second will be open to consumers as well as media and trade. This is the first time the event has been open for consumers.

This year’s theme, “From Our Table to Yours” highlights each winery’s personal story. At the Family Winemakers Tasting, attendees have the unique opportunity to meet face-to-face not only with winery representatives, but often times the winemaker or winery owners themselves.

WHAT: Family Winemakers of California 2014 Southern California Tasting Event
WHERE: Pasadena Convention Center
WHEN: Sunday March 9
1-6 p.m. Open to qualified trade & media
3:30-6 p.m. Open to consumers, trade & media

General Admission tickets are $60 when purchased in advance online up until March 8 and $70 at the door. Admission is complimentary to qualified members of the trade and media.

Visit their website for complete information and to purchase tickets.

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Sangiovese: Italy’s quintessential red grape


The glorious Sangiovese grape, the variety behind some of Italy’s greatest wines.

A few weeks ago, the great American wine writer Eric Asimov, who writes a weekly column for the New York Times, outed himself on social media.

I’m having a love affair with the Sangiovese grape,” he wrote on his Twitter, “and I don’t care who knows about it.

What’s all the excitement about? See the full post »

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Tuscany: land of Italy’s greatest seafood?


Live Like an Italian

When most Americans think of Tuscany and its wonderful food, they think of rich red wines paired with liver pâté crostini, wild boar ragù over pici (long, handmade noodles), and the famous bistecca fiorentina, the hearty “Florentine steak,” the porter-house of Italy.

But what so many of us don’t realize is that Tuscany is also home to some of the greatest seafood and fish restaurants in all of Europe. See the full post »

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So what is a “Super Tuscan” anyway?


No one really knows who coined the term “Super Tuscan,” although many believe — including former Wine Spectator editor and Italian wine authority James Suckling — that the designation was first used by writer Burton Anderson, who covered Italy for Wine Spectator in the 1980s (Anderson’s landmark book Vino: The Wines and Winemakers of Italy, first published in 1982, was perhaps the first comprehensive English-language overview of Italian wine.)

Mazzoni Rosso di Toscana IGT

Although today the expression is used to denote a wide variety of red wines from Tuscany, the moniker Super Tuscan was originally adopted by English-language wine writers as an unofficial descriptor to describe fine wines that had been classified by the Italian government as vino da tavola (table wine).

International grape varieties — like Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot — have been cultivated in Italy for centuries. But when the Italian appellation system was created in the 1960s, it did not account for many wines made with these grapes. As a result, some of the greatest wines of Italy were classified simply as table wines when, in fact, they were world-class wines that often commanded high prices and the attention of the world’s top wine writers.

In the 1980s, Italian officials created the IGT classification (Indicazione Geografica Tipica or Typical Geographic Indication) so that these wines would no longer be referred to as mere table wines in official documentation.

Made from Merlot (an international grape variety) and Sangiovese (a native Tuscan grape variety), Mazzoni Rosso di Toscana is officially classified as an IGT wine. But we like to call it “Italy’s best dressed Super Tuscan”…

For more than three years, Mazzoni — a renowned producer of some of Tuscany’s most acclaimed wines, including its flagship “Super Tuscan,” Mazzoni Rosso di Toscana IGT — has blogged about the Italian way of life on LiveLikeAnItalian.com, sharing invaluable insights into how to live, love, eat, drink, cook, travel, speak, and celebrate like an Italian.

So we invite you to ‘Drink’ like an Italian by entering our sweepstakes for a chance to win a set of six Riedel wine glasses. Please visit Facebook.com/LiveLikeAnItalian to enter now!

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Big Gay Grape Stomp


Big Gay Grape Stomp

Celebrate the 2013 Harvest in style with the 1st annual Big Gay Grape Stomp! Our friends at Out In The Vineyard are putting on a bash on October 12th, at the beautiful Peju winery in Napa Valley complete with BBQ and grape stomping competition. Tickets are going fast, so be sure to book your team soon.

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