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A Treat to Unwind: “Real People, Fake Arms with Jason Bateman” on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon


Jason Bateman and Jimmy revisit their days acting together on the Canadian soap opera ‘Jacob’s Patience’ and they show an old clip of Jason working at a wine shop.” – Late Night With Jimmy Fallon

A Treat to Unwind: “Second Cheapest Wine” video


From the minds at CollegeHumor.com comes, “Second Cheapest Wine“…

Second Cheapest Wine. Outside of the cheapest, it’s the cheapest.

History in the Tasting at the First Annual Sierra Pelona Valley Wine Festival


Sierra Pelona Valley Wine Festival

There was once a time when it was nearly impossible to imagine that California could produce wine, let alone wine of quality or distinction. But here we are, nearly forty years since the Judgment of Paris, and now it’s impossible to imagine California without it.

To a lesser extent, sometimes new wine-producing regions – even in California – receive a tepid reaction, at least in the beginning. Sometimes it takes a big event to get people’s attention.

A big event is exactly what’s offered by the first annual Sierra Pelona Wine Festival, on Saturday, January 26, from noon until 4pm. The festival is set to feature around 35 local wineries and garagistes from the area, alongside approximately 25 food vendors.

The Sierra Polena Valley is only about 30 miles north of Los Angeles, but it might as well be a different world. Even the landscape looks different, with landmarks like the Vasquez Rocks of Agua Dulce, so popular with hikers. The festival day will begin with a recognition of the spectacular natural vistas, which are an integral part of life and tourism in the valley, with a winemaker hike at 8:30 am. The festival, itself, will take place on Saturday January 26 from 11am-4pm at Reyes Winery (10262 Sierra Highway, Agua Dulce, CA 91390) – also in Agua Dulce – with proceeds benefitting the Henry Mayo Memorial Hospital.

Reyes Winery is also a bit of an unexpected surprise. It’s as quaint as the rest of the region, with vineyards transformed in 2002 from its history as a commercial frog pond. Perhaps echoing the olden days of Napa, it’s hard to imagine good wine coming out of a place like that. But the wine is actually very good – elegant, delicate, fruit-forward but restrained. Maybe it needs to be tasted to be believed. It wouldn’t be the first time that’s happened in California. But this time you have a chance to be part of history as it unfolds.

For more information about the Sierra Pelona Wine Festival and tickets, check out their Facebook page or their Sierra Pelona Wine Festival and tickets, check out their website.

A Treat To Unwind: Must Be Seduktion


Check out this sweet video on riesling with Doktor Hans and Big Swanky from Wines of Germany. Enjoy the video and have a great holiday weekend!

Etsy Fine Beverage Finds

Bottle Belts

Over the last decade Etsy has taken the world by storm, providing the can-do citizens of the world with a virtual space to sell their handmade goods. We are big fans of Etsy here at Mutineer HQ, and we want to help spread the word about handmade beverage related products and the great people who make them.

This week I am featuring three different shops, and an assortment of really cool leather wine carriers.
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A Treat To Unwind: Gangnam Style in Wine Country


Cheers to our friends at Jordan Winery & Vineyards for putting together such an excellent parody on the Gangnam Style music video. Well done John.

Enjoy your weekends everyone!

Etsy Fine Beverage Finds: Owl Wine Bottle Stopper


Over the last decade Etsy has taken the world by storm, providing the do-ers and entrepreneurs of the world a virtual space to sell their handmade goods. Here at Mutineer we are big fans of Etsy, especially the beverage related products. We want to help spread the word about the products and the great people who make them.

This Week’s Pick:
Owl Wine Bottle Stopper

Why We Dig It:
Who wouldn’t love looking at that sweet little face every time they went to refill their glass?

The Cost:

The Shop:
Willowbend Cottage This shop has all kind of great wine bottle stoppers. You should definitely check it out.

Smithsonian’s American Wine Exhibit Opens


Food: The Exhibit

Yesterday, November 20th, the Smithsonian opened its American Wine Exhibit at the National Museum of American History in Washington D.C. The exhibit includes multiple displays, one of which is “Red, White, and American,” paying homage to the 1976 Judgement of Paris in which the 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay and 1973 Stag’s Leap Cabernet Sauvignon beat the French in a blind tasting in France. A bottle of the 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay is included in the display.

Another display celebrates artifacts from American wine history like old books and original tools from early winemaking pioneers like Mike Grgich, Andre Tchelistcheff, the BIale family, and Nathan Fay.

Thomas Jefferson also gets some love, who tried unsuccessfully to plant French grape vines in Virginia. The display also shows, that while it may have not worked for Thomas Jefferson at the time, how Virginia is putting their name on the map as a grape growing region.

Beyond wine, visitors can even visit the kitchen of Julia Child’s Cambridge, Massachusetts home, as donated by Julia in 2001.

For more information, visit the FOOD: The Exhibition page on the National Museum of American History website.

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