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World’s Oldest Grape Press Discovered

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Grape Stomp

Apparently Armenia is known for having old things. Last summer archeologists found the world’s oldest leather shoe in Armenia and just recently, archeologists uncover what they believe to be the world’s oldest grape press and in the same region as the shoe. Believed to be dated at 4,000 BC, the site is about 900 years older than the previous record holder, that of King Scorpion I’s tomb in Egypt.

The site was found in a cave where researchers found a wine press and fermentation jars along with grape seeds, the remnants of pressed grapes, and dried grape vines. The press itself is a shallow basin, measuring three feet across, that drained into a deep vat where the pressed grape juice would collect after the grapes were most likely pressed by foot. The seeds found are from Vitis vinifera vinifera, a common grape still used today and cultivated on every continent except Antarctica and the discovery of the wine press suggests that the Eurasian grape had already been domesticated 6,000 years ago.


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Pinot Noir… Cheap… Same Sentence

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Underwood Cellars Pinot Noir 2008

That’s right! For the longest time we all thought it was impossible to have affordable Pinot Noir, but it seems there are just a few people out there looking to defy the very laws of physics. I remember, less than a year ago, meeting an Oregon Pinot producer and having a quick chat about how I was looking for inexpensive Pinot Noir; ones under $15. She quickly responded to me “Yeah, but would you actually want to drink them?”

I think this statement pretty well demonstrats the mindset of a lot of Pinot Noir producers everywhere, that they’re doing something so difficult that it’s impossible to producer an affordable bottle of Pinot Noir that’s drinkable. I’m not trying to say it’s easy to make Pinot, but why should it be be that you can find $5-$15 bottlings of virtually every grape in the world but not Pinot Noir; is it in fact the most special grape in the world?

Pinot is special indeed, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be affordable, and I’ve recently discovered a line-up of wines from Union Wine Company of Oregon that are out to prove it. See the full post »



Winery With a Cuddly Mascot: Alderbrook

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Alderbrook Winery

More wineries should follow Alderbrook’s lead.  On Saturday, December 4th, one of Dry Creek’s  prized stars welcomed Archie the Alder Bear, purchased from an antique shop in Healdsburg.  After picking up Archie, a trail of cars followed him to the Alderbrook parking lot.  Cars could be heard honking, people seen staring, cheering.  Once on the “Alder grounds,” he was comfortably situated by the front door, to welcome all who would attend the day’s event dedicated to him.  Coupled with a scheduled wine club pickup, the moments progressed increasingly more lively, memorable.  Having known this winery for a good deal of time now, the 4th of this year’s final month was just another installation in an already spritely wine and hospitality practice.

All of Alderbrook Winery’s reputable gems were poured: from the Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay, from the parenting Terlato label, to the Pinot, Carignane, and Confluence (blend of 70% Zinfandel, 30% Syrah), not to mention their astoundingly rapturous Dry Creek Zinfandels.  Karaoke started … and so did the party.  Dancing, singing along.  This was a comfortable, non-pretentious, genuinely enjoyable, FUN(!), event for club members, locals, and tourists alike.  Countless people, asking to have their picture taken with Archie.  As a big bear is cuddly and comfy, so was the feel of this event.  The continuous fire in the fireplace didn’t hurt either, many told me.  People would sit in front of the flames, just smiling, talking, sipping their respective pours, listening to original renditions of familiar tunes.

Archie definitely set the mood for the day.  The succeeding hours were filled with singing, sipping, savoring.  A winery having a mascot … sound silly?  No!  This was wine industry innovation that proved effective, entertaining and engaging.  You can still visit Alderbrook, to see Archie, try the wines, and have a great time.  Be ready to play games, as fun is an integral portion of their hospitality philosophy.  Visit their website at www.alderbrook.com.  AND, go give Archie a big hug, take a picture with him at 2306 Magnolia Drive, Healdsburg, CA, 95448.  A refreshing, relatable, and entirely relaxing wine world experience should be expected.  Where else can you have wine with an Alder Bear?  Sip, sip…



Hotel Accommodations for the Mutineer Magazine Holiday Comedy Festival

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The Mutineer Magazine Comedy Festival Don’t want to drive home after the Mutineer Magazine Holiday Comedy Festival? Why don’t you reserve a room nearby. Below is a list of hotels in a range of prices within about 10 miles of Jacuzzi Family Vineyards. So come, taste, laugh and stay for the Mutineer Magazine Holiday Comedy Festival.

Just below is the link to a special offer from The Lodge at Sonoma.  They are offering a $149 per night room with no restrictions on length of stay.  Folks looking for lodging can click on the below link to make reservations.

The Lodge at Sonoma
For reservations call 415-260-3270 or log on to their website See the full post »



A Unique Opportunity On The Horizon For The Calaveras Wine Country

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Calaveras County

Beverage Publication Mutineer Magazine announces partnership with innovative online wine reservation system, CellarPass, to promote Calaveras wineries.

12.02.2010 – The Mutineers are at it again! Mutineer Magazine Editor in Chief Alan Kropf has been vigorously working to create buzz about Calaveras County since he made Murphys the Mutineer Magazine HQ in late September of this year. Mutineer Magazine has not only launched a marketing campaign with the Calaveras Visitors Bureau which includes several wineries, restaurants, lodging properties, and outdoor recreation venues; but they have just recently entered into an exclusive partnership with CellarPass on behalf of promoting Calaveras wine and tourism. See the full post »



A Little Bit Culinary, A Little Bit Rock ‘N’ Roll

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The Kobayashi Brothers

Michael Kobayashi can’t keep away from the flame. One would think, after ten successful years as a music manager, that he’d evaluate the chaos of combining that life with the frenetic existence of a restaurateur, and just let it go. But Michael and his chef-brother, Chris, just celebrated the fourth anniversary of their restaurant, Artisan, and there seems to be no sign that Michael’s day after day commitment to both of those worlds is in any sort of decline.

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Register to Win Sacre Bleu 2010 Concert Fly Away

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Sacre Bleu 2010 Concert Flyaway

Want to win a trip to the hottest music event in the country? Here’s your chance. Registration begins today, November 26th, for the Sacre Bleu 2010 Concert Flyaway presented by Mutineer Magazine and Wine Channel TV. The winner will win a trip for two to a select Live Nation concert including airfare, VIP seats, hotel accommodations, and $500 spending cash. Registration ends December 30th and no purchase is necessary to enter or win. See the full post »



Product Spotlight: NewAir AW-210ED

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NewAir AW-210ED Wine Cooler Recently I was contacted by a representative at Air & Water who wanted to know if I’d be interested in giving one of their wine coolers a try. As I have beer and wine stuck in nearly every nook and cranny of my house, their offer had immediately piqued my interest and I agreed to try one of them out. Low and behold, a few days later there would be a knock on my door and my brand new NewAir AW-210ED 21-bottle dual temperature zone wine cooler had arrived. Not wasting any time, I enlisted the help of a fellow Mutineer and after getting it out of the box, we screwed in the door handles and plugged it in. A few hours later, the unit would be cooled down and operational, ready to be filled with my favorite bottled beverages. See the full post »



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