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World’s Most Expensive Champagne Comes From the Bottom of the Sea


Photo from Luxury-Insider

The 1928 Krug is NOT the most expensive bottle of Champagne ever, as we previously reported on the Mutineer Blog. We felt the information was reasonably reliable as we verified it with several sources, including Decanter.com, but as the Dude would say, new sh*t has come to light, man. See the full post »

4 comments 05.22.2009 |

Barokes Wine In A Can


Canned beverages have always been something I have avoided. Cans tend to transfer a tin flavor to any beverage that they may contain. So, the thought of wine in a can seems pretty horrifying. I had heard that Australia’s Barokes ‘Wine in a Can‘ products have won a number of awards, but I was still a bit uneasy about wine in a can. See the full post »

Hand Painted Glasses by Lolita


Lolita is strikingly beautiful, and this is enough to convince me that having a glass painted by her is a good thing. Lolita (I’m not sure if she has a last name? I think it’s one of the one-word names, like Braveheart) hand paints wine, beer, and cocktail glassware with different themes to suit your personality through her company Designs by Lolita.

Lolita even has five awesome reasons why you should bring one of her glasses with you when you go out. See the full post »

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National Launch Party: J Vineyards


The wines of J Vineyards sporting a sleek new look.

The Mutineer Magazine National Launch Party in Hollywood is a mere 4 days away, and things are getting awesome. We’ve added some last minute surprise vendors, so that will give you something extra to look forward to if you’re coming to the event.

Knowing what an incredible event this will be, we enjoyed a tremendous amount of support from the fine beverage industry to put this event on. I’d like to introduce you to our top level sponsors, which includes our Presenting Sponsor Paso Creek and 6 supporting sponsors. See the full post »

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National Launch Party Vendor Spotlight: Fairhope Vintners


Over the next few weeks we will be introducing the vendors that will be pouring at the Mutineer Magazine National Launch Party. Taste these fine beverages on May 18 at Falcon Hollywood for the National Launch Party. Click here for tickets.

Wines: Napa Cabernet 2006 / North Coast Cabernet 2007
Wine Style: Cabernet Sauvignon
Winery: Fairhope Vintners
Vineyards: Mount Veeder, Spring Mountain, St Helena, Yountville

Fairhope Vintners means to have great expectations. At Fairhope the goal is to make classic wines with great aromatic complexity, flavor, classic structure and length. This Napa Valley winery is doing only one wine, Cabernet Sauvignon, so if you’re looking for something else you’re not going to find it here. See the full post »

Breaking News: Lake Chelan AVA to Become Official Tomorrow


Tsillan Cellars Winery, Lake Chelan

Tsillan Cellars Winery is a world class winery from top to bottom. I tasted a lot of great wine on my trip to Lake Chelan, but Tsillan really rocked my world.

Mutineer Magazine has learned that the Lake Chelan AVA will become official as of tomorrow, April 29, 2009. I had the pleasure of spending some time in this idyllic wine region last week to do a piece for the Wenatchee World newspaper, and let it be known, THE LAKE CHELAN AVA IS MOST CERTAINLY AND UNDENIABLY THE REAL DEAL. This region is poised to do some incredible things, with aromatic white wines using local grapes and similar in style to France’s Alsace region. The local red wines are pretty awesome as well, telling us one thing for certain: this region means business. Do yourself a favor try these wines now, then get on the mailing lists while you still can. See the full post »

9 comments 04.28.2009 |

Bottle Shock: The Judgment at North Coast?


I dunno what to make of this. I’m very into doing anything artistic related to fine beverage, but I do wish Bottle Shock would just go away, given that it shamelessly uses “based on a true story” while basing nearly nothing at all on the actual story. They didn’t utilize the key people in the tasting to consult on the story, and furthermore, these key people, including Steven Spurrier, the gentleman who organized the historic tasting, and George M. Taber, the lone journalist at the historic tasting, think very lowly of Bottle Shock. How do I know? I chatted them up on the phone when I interviewed them for Issue 2. The result? More and more people are beginning to think that Bottle Shock is actually based on a true story? See the full post »

7 comments 04.24.2009 |

Spit Like You Mean It! The Importance of Spitting at Wine Tastings


99.9% of the time, spitting is a bad thing. I recall spitting on the track in high school, and the gym teacher made me scoop up the dirt and do push-ups. If you want to start a bar fight, spit in some dudes face and it’s game on for sure.

HOWEVER, in wine, spitting is a crucial tool to avoid DUI’s, drunk dials, and fist fights that could start for a myriad of reasons beyond spitting in someone’s face (like getting crazy with someone’s girlfriend in a bar…sorry TK). See the full post »

2 comments 04.23.2009 |

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