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Wine Blog Awards Finalists Announced


Wine Blog Awards

Check out the finalists and vote for your favorite wine blogs on the Wine Blog Awards website. Winners will be announced at this year’s Wine Blogger’s Conference on June 8 in a ceremony hosted and produced by Mutineer President Alan Kropf.

Mumm Napa Releases San Francisco Giants Brut Prestige Sparkling Wine


Giants Brut Prestige

If you watched the San Francisco Giants win the World Series last year, you may recall them celebrating in the locker room with Mumm Napa sparkling wine. The Giants have recently taken that relationship further and paired with the Napa Valley winery 60 miles north of them to create Mumm Napa Giants Brut Prestige. The special bottling is around roughly half chardonnay and half pinot noir, with a little pinot gris and pinot meunier thrown into the mix, and it spent 18 months on the lees.

The Giants Brut Prestige will be widely available during the baseball season and, of course, during any team celebrations. It will also be found at AT&T Park during featured tastings at selected games.

The Giants Brut Prestige is $27 per bottle.

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#SauvBlanc Day Is Here!


Today is #SauvBlanc Day! If you’re at home hosting a Sauvignon Blanc tasting with your friends or at your favorite winery drinking their SB, be sure to let us know on Twitter at @mutineermag and use the hashtag #SauvBlanc.

You can also check out www.ToutSuite.com and join St. Supery from 1:00 to 2:00 pm PST to watch an esteemed panel of wine experts discuss global styles of #SauvBlanc. Panelists include wine writer, Linda Murphy, Master of Wine, Bob Campbell, wine retailer Chuck Hayward, and St. Supéry Estate’s very own, Michael Scholz.

If you’re in the Napa Valley area, come on down to St. Supéry for Sauvignon Blanc and oysters.


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#SauvBlanc Day is May 17!


Sauvignon Blanc Grapes

Our friends at St. Supéry Estate are proud to champion the fourth annual #SauvBlanc Day, a global, social media wine tasting. #SauvBlanc Day is a whole day dedicated to people across the globe celebrating one of our favorite varietals, Sauvignon Blanc. The “hashtag” (#) signifies a topic of conversation on twitter and is the term to search for to follow the ongoing online conversation. Will you pour a glass and join Mutineer and St. Supéry online? See the full post »

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Gloria Ferrer’s 2004 Royal Cuvée Mother’s Day


2004 Royal Cuvee

On Sunday all across the country, Americans will be preparing breakfast in bed for mom. This often means, aside from a great mess in the kitchen, champagne, mimosas, and strawberries. Thankfully Gloria Ferrer has released their 2004 Gloria Ferrer Royal Cuvée in time for mom. The 2004 Gloria Ferrer Royal Cuvée is described as having “generous fruit aromas and flavors, a fine mousse and a persistent, crisp finish.” Sounds like a pretty tasty way to start the day.

A tasty sparkling wine deserves a tasty breakfast too accompany it. Here are a few tasty recipes from a few food bloggers I love, to pair with your bubbly Mother’s Day libations.

Blueberry Pancakes from Smitten Kitchen.
Eggs on Toast from 101 Cookbooks
Eggs Benedict from Simply Recipes.

For those of you who are cooking for a gluten-free mother here are some great recipes from Food Republic.

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Hands on with the Savino Wine Preservation System


Savino Infographic

A few months ago we told you about the Kickstarter project for the Savino wine preservation system. Last month I had the chance to sit down with founder Scott Tavenner and get a demo of his Savino and I was amazed at how simple and easy the idea was. It reminded me of methods used to keep certain foods–like sauerkraut–away from the air during fermentation.

The guys at Savino sent over this fun infographic to show you how to use their unique system. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy!

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Taste Factor: New Wine Start-up Aims to Learn Your Wine Preferences and Blow Your Mind


It’s exciting to see wine brought to life through new digital platforms, with lots of companies exploring new ways to connect wine with consumers and add depth to the experience. One could argue that the art of prediction is a distant cousin to the art of time travel, and as such, a new start-up wine sales company, Taste Factor, caught my attention.

Taste Factor aims to help consumers discover wines tailored to their individual tastes via a wine recommendation engine that uses sophisticated algorithms the company claims are of NASA-esque proportions. I’ll take their word for it, because the closest I’ve come to space travel is via an absinthe rocket ship, and the math involved was limited to mystical ratios of spirit to water to sugar to enthusiasm.

Taste Factor’s engine takes member ratings, aggregates them, and applies a patented process to determine which wines a member will love. Taste Factor then sends these wines to members every month and guarantees they have a great experience.

“A question we kept asking ourselves was how we can help people discover wine they will love and break the traditional mold of relying on other people’s subjective – and often wrong – suggestions,” said Zack Crafton, Taste Factor’s co-founder. “We realized that the key isn’t trying to mathematically deconstruct a wine but to find complex patterns in our member’s rating history. Applying proven mathematical principles works and we’re incredibly excited to introduce members to wines they’ll be passionate about.”

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Earth Week at Gloria Ferrer


Photography - Gloria Ferrer Winery, Sunset 2

It is almost Earth Week and at Sonoma, California’s Gloria Ferrer, Vineyard Manager Mike Crumly and his crew have been busy growing California Buckeye saplings to celebrate. They are giving them out to people who visit their Arnold Drive tasting room. So go, relax on their patio, enjoy the wine, and celebrate this glorious planet.

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