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Virtual Tastings: #Cabernet Day


Cabernet Day on Twitter

Rick Bakas and St. Supery Winery are hosting another installment of their virtual tasting series on September 2nd. The idea behind #Cabernet Day is that anyone, anywhere in the world, can contribute to the conversation simply by including the hashtag #Cabernet in their posts on Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, Gowalla, personal blogs, and all other forms of social media. People are encouraged to drink Cabernet the day of, and engage others doing the same with conversation, tasting notes, and suggestions. See the full post »

Hello Kitty Claws Its Way Into Luxury Water Market

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Hello Kitty Crystal-Encrusted Luxury Bottled Water

Just when you thought Sanrio had exhausted the world market by putting its Hello Kitty label on anything and everything possible, the Japanese cartoon character has finagled its way into the realm of fine beverage. And in true Hello Kitty fashion, the company has put its face on a simple and basic commodity (water), and turned it into a cash cow. See the full post »

2010 Copa Jerez Competition: Destination Spain


Copa Jerez Sherry Competition

When most Americans think of sherry they think of the cheap-ass bottle their mom kept next to the stove for soups or (in my case) the dreaded sherry creams. Lately the tides have begun to change and their current has begun to flow towards Jerez, Spain and the insanely delicious sherry being produced.

The good people at the Sherry Council of America are doing their best to change our general apathy towards the drink. One way is by hosting one of the coolest contests ever; Copa Jerez, a food and sherry pairing competition. Competitors from around the world will claw and scrape their way to Jerez for what will likely be an epic struggle of gastronomy pitting teams comprised of chef and sommelier against one another. See the full post »

The Happening: SFChefs 2010 – San Francisco’s Food and Fine Beverage Week


SF Chefs 2010

Today marks the official start to SFChefs 2010, San Francisco’s “premier food, wine and spirits week.” Presented by Visa Signature and produced by the Golden Gate Restaurant Association, SFChefs supports the Golden Gate Restaurant Association Scholarship Foundation, a foundation that grants need-based scholarships to Bay Area students requiring financial assistance to pursue an education in culinary and hospitality programs. See the full post »

FTW: Hedges Family Estate Bucks the System!


Hedges Family Estate

There’s a winery in Washington State that’s trying to rock the boat so hard, you can damn near surf off the waves created by said boat rocking. This winery is Hedges Family Estate, based out of the Red Mountain AVA, which is centered on Benton City. See the full post »

The Happening: BLEND in Seattle


Blend Logo Jamie Peha of Peha Promotions and Table Talk Radio, who brought us recent events such as Seattle Food & Wine Experience and Merlot Gone Mad, is at it again with an event focused on, you guessed it, Blends. BLEND will feature 40 top producers from Washington State, Sonoma County and Portugal all showcasing their best blends. Amazing wines juxtaposed with the culinary stylings of numerous boutique restaurants in the Columbia Hospitality family of properties which includes the time honored Salish Lodge. See the full post »

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Swedish Divers Find World’s Oldest Champagne In Baltic Sea Shipwreck


Baltic Sea When I was a kid, I was intrigued by the metal detector commercial that always ran during cartoons. You all know the one I’m talking about. The pudgy guy who says, “She’s proud of all the weight I’ve lost.” That line, to me, competes for cheesiest commercial line ever, but it wasn’t enough to throw me off the scent of gold bullion lying just beneath the surface of my backyard. The dream eventually faded after digging massive holes in the yard and coming up with nothing, but I’m still captivated with the idea of buried treasure.

You expect to hear about coins, skeletons, and bottles, but fine beverage? Yes friends, some Swedish divers, while exploring a wreck about 200 feet down in the Baltic Sea, found 30 bottles of Champagne. The fizzy stuff is believed to date back to 1780 and was part of cargo headed to those boozehounds, the Russians (one theory is that the Champagne was part of a consignment to Peter the Great sent by King Louis XVI). See the full post »

Blogger Mutiny: This Week in Fine Beverage


Lots of exciting things happened in the fine beverage blogosphere this week. Here are some of Mutineer’s favorite posts of the week:

Spirit Blogs

Wine Blogs

  • Don’t Bogart That Sip: Should Sommeliers Taste Your Wine Purchase? — (1WineDude)
  • More Adventures in Wine Advertising — (Good Grape)
  • The Secret Sherry Society: A Quick Interview in the Dark — (Catavino)

Craft Beer Blogs

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