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Beverage Kickstarter Spotlight: Savino


Here at Mutineer we always have an eye out for the next thing in beverage and thanks to Kickstarter we think we’ve found something that fits the bill. Scott Tavenner created the Savino: Today’s Wine Tomorrow, wine saving solution to allow the consumer to be a bit more leisurely with their wine consumption. I’ll admit, there is the occasional bottle left unfinished in my house and something like this just may come in handy. The Savino project is almost over, but are still a few levels available for pledges, so check it out and see what the excitement is all about.

Hit them up on Facebook and Twitter, or check out their website.

Murphy-Goode Launches Search to Find a “Grill Sergeant” in Honor of Veteran’s Day


Murphy-Goode Grill Sergeant


Veteran’s Day is this Monday, and it’s a day to remember the brave men and women who have served our country and defended our freedom. And for those of us that served, it is a day to reflect on our service, where we’ve been and who we’ve met, and those close friends that we’ve lost along the way.

I proudly spent six years of service in the Army: four and a half years in the storied 82nd Airborne Division as a Paratrooper in the Airborne Infantry, and a year and half in the California Army National Guard as a reconnaissance scout. Before I was old enough to legally drink, I found myself in Iraq in the middle of a war. A planned four-month deployment quickly turned into fifteen months of ground combat.

Mutineer Brian Kropf in Iraq

Mutineer Brian Kropf in Iraq

After finishing my deployment to Iraq, I had the incredible opportunity to see the humanitarian side of military service as my unit spearheaded the relief efforts in Haiti. We arrived just days after the devastating earthquake in 2010 that killed 220,000 and displaced over a million people on the impoverished island. It was enlightening to say the least.

After experiencing so much during my military service, I am encouraged and thankful to see the philanthropic efforts by beverage companies to remember, honor and support those who have served.

One such company is Sonoma’s Murphy-Goode Winery. In honor of Veteran’s Day last year, Murphy-Goode launched “Give Goode. Do Goode.”, a holiday promotion which raised $40,000 for Operation Homefront, an organization that provides emergency financial aid and other assistance to the families of service members and wounded warriors. “The approaching holidays can be an emotional and trying time for military families,” said Jim Knotts, president and CEO of the Rockville, Md.-based Operation Homefront. “We’re grateful for the assistance from partners like Murphy-Goode.
Murphy-Goode Homefront Cuvée
This year, Murphy-Goode has continued their tradition of supporting Veterans with “Operation Grill Sergeant”, a project seeking a chef to be the Murphy-Goode Grill Sergeant. The Grill Sergeant will report directly to the Executive Chef and will be responsible for creating exciting recipes to pair with Murphy-Goode wines, compete in barbeque competitions, and represent the winery on national tours. Military service and culinary education (or equivalent) are a requirement. Visit the Murphy-Goode Operation Grill Sergeant website for complete information and requirements.

This is an important cause and a personal one for me,” said Dave Ready, Jr., winemaker for Murphy-Goode. “My father, both grandfathers and a great-grandfather were veterans. I think about my family’s experience, and I can’t emphasize how vital it is to support not only our soldiers, but the loved ones who stand bravely beside them.

Additionally, Murphy-Goode has collaborated with Operation Homefront on a special bottling of wine, “2006 Homefront Cuvée”, with a percentage of the proceeds from every bottle sold benefitting Operation Homefront. Homefront Cuvée will be released on Sunday, November 11 at the Murphy-Goode tasting room in downtown Healdsburg as part of a Veteran’s Day celebration from 11am to 3pm. The wine is 100% merlot made with grapes from the historic Keyes Vineyard located at an elevation of 1,600 feet on Howell Mountain in Napa Valley. According to winemaker Dave Ready, Jr., “Homefront Cuvée exudes aromas of smoke, minerals, cedar and leather. Flavors of red plums and blueberries give to a rich expression of round tannins and a long and smooth finish. Homefront Cuvée is a meaningful way for Murphy-Goode to show how much we appreciate what American service members do for our nation.” Homefront Cuvée can be purchased on the Murphy-Goode website.

Well-done Murphy-Goode, your efforts are appreciated.

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Live Broadcast from Napa Valley Film Festival 3pm PST Today


Live broadcast by Ustream

Join Mutineer Magazine President Alan Kropf LIVE today at 3PM PST as he broadcasts from Raymond Vineyards in Napa Valley with CellarPass Live TV as we go live during the Napa Valley Film Festival. He’ll be talking with Jean-Charles Boisset from Raymond Vineyards among many other esteemed wine estates, as well as Ron Lee from Mumm Napa.

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Live Broadcast from Napa Valley 3pm PST Today


Live broadcast by Ustream

Join Mutineer Magazine President Alan Kropf LIVE today at 3PM PST as he broadcasts from Raymond Vineyards in Napa Valley with CellarPass Live TV as we anticipate the launch of the Napa Valley Film Festival. He’ll be talking with Jean-Charles Boisset from Raymond Vineyards among many other esteemed wine estates, as well as Ron Lee from Mumm Napa.

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Three Things To Know About Riesling & Three Rieslings To Try



“We’re here to create a new identity for the grape,” says Laura Williamson, before launching into an hour-long Riesling tasting session on a recent Saturday morning. “Riesling Rocks!” is the first wine seminar of the weekend at Euphoria, a Greenville, South Carolina food festival that brings together Southern food and drink enthusiasts from all over the country. Williamson, a master sommelier, isn’t going to have to try very hard, since she has a group of Riesling-lovers ready to drink up, even though it’s before noon. But there’s always more to explore in the world of wine, and we have six glasses in front of us. We’re tasting Rieslings from four different countries, and while each glass of pale gold liquid looks the same at first glance, the wines taste vastly different.

Williamson—and every sommelier I know—is trying to convince drinkers that the cloying Rieslings they’ve had in the past are not all the grape has to offer. If your bottle is a sugary mess, try again—Rieslings are made in a wide variety of styles, from gorgeous acid pops to gently sweet sips. And since there are so many styles of Riesling, they pair well with so many styles of food—they cut through spice, work amazingly well with Thai food, and should have a place on your Thanksgiving table. So where to start? Here are a few things to know about Riesling and some bottles to try.

 Three Things To Know:

 • Rieslings work great as aperitifs.

Aperitifs are designed to stimulate the appetite, and Rieslings can get your mouth watering and make you ready to eat. Look for dry Rieslings with citrus notes. Plus Rieslings tend to be low in alcohol, which makes them a great glass to start your meal with.

 • Acid, acid, acid

Just because a Riesling is high in residual sugar doesn’t mean it’s going to be incredibly sweet. The interplay between acid and sugar levels is important to Rieslings. The grapes hang on the vine for a very long time, which increases their tartaric acid, providing juicy citrus notes. Acidity makes Riesling refreshing and easy to pair with food.

 • You can taste where they come from.

One of the best things about Riesling is its minerality—you can absolutely taste where the wine comes from. The Rieslings we drank came from a range of regions, and a different earthiness was present in each. The vines for L. Hiedler-Riesling Urgestein 2011, which comes from Austria, are grown in harsh soil, and there’s a smooth stoniness that comes through with each sip.

Three to Try:

• United States: Chehalem Dry Riesling 2010

We drank from driest to sweetest wine, and this Oregon wine was the first wine we sampled. There’s a delicate note of citrus at first, as well as peach and hints of grass–this wine smells like springtime. When you taste it, there’s a rush of acidity, which will make your mouth water, while the fruitiness lingers on your tongue.

• Austria: L. Hiedler-Riesling Urgestein 2011

This wine is a step up in terms of weight on your tongue, but peachiness and an almost tropical flavor keep it light. Limestone-heavy soil increases acid and as I mentioned above, there’s a stoniness to it. You’ll feel as though the wine is washing over smooth pebbles in your mouth.

Germany: Selbach-Oster 2010 Zeltinger Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett Halbtrocken

“Halbtrocken” means “half dry,” and this wine is mostly dry with a hint of sweetness. This wine comes from the Mosel region, which produces flowery Rieslings, and this was the most delicate wine we tasted. Delicate doesn’t mean flat though—the wine is airy and ethereal and carries a punch of vibrancy, like biting into a green apple.

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“Harvest Live” Sept 24 – 28, Mutineer Squirrel Asks All The Tough Questions


Video caption: The Mutineer Squirrel interviews Christophe Smith and David Gowdy about Harvest Live. The wind noise goes away after the first minute!

Harvest Live is back for another week of live streaming the grape harvest & crush from five Napa Valley wineries. The broadcasts are hosted by the talented Christophe Smith along with David Gowdy of Dirt on the Vine, and produced in association with the Napa Valley Vintners and Randy Hall of VOM productions.

Anyone can watch Harvest Live on uStream, and questions can be asked in real time either on the uStream social stream or on Twitter with the hashtag #HL12.

9/24: Trinchero Napa Valley, St. Helena AVA
9/25: Newton Vineyard, Spring Mountain AVA
9/26: St. Supery Estate Vineyard & Winery, Rutherford AVA
9/27: Cuvaison Estate Wines, Carneros AVA
9/28: Palmaz Vineyards, Coombsville AVA

Second Glass Wine Riot San Francisco This Friday & Saturday!


Wine Riot

Second Glass’s Wine Riot, the US tour of wine events dubbed as two parts education and one part revolution, is just days away from their San Francisco stop. On August 3rd and 4th, Wine Riot will take over the Concourse Exhibition Center in SF with 350 wines from around the world. Fueling your night of conquest is a tireless DJ, photo booth, temporary tattoos, and a few thousand of your closest friends. Wine Riot is an incredible event and is a testament to the vision of the founders “to create a fun, non-intimidating place where people could learn about wine.”

    Wine Riot San Francisco

  • Opening Night: Friday, August 3, 7-11 PM – $60
  • Riot One: Saturday, August 4, 1-5 PM – $50
  • Riot Two: Saturday, August 4, 7-11 PM – $50

To purchase tickets to Wine Riot San Francisco, click here.

Where else will you see Wine Riot?

  • Wine Riot NYC September 21-22
  • Wine Riot LA November 10

Want to win a pair of tickets to Wine Riot San Francisco? Tweet to @MutineerMag AND @SecondGlass and tell us your favorite wine region! A few lucky people will be randomly selected to wine a pair of tickets!

The Mission of Second Glass
We want you to drink more wine. Sure, wine can seem complicated, but in the end it all comes down to whether you like it or not. It’s that simple. Our goal is to give you the tools to find cool wine tastings, talk to experts, explore wine regions and constantly discover new favorites. You don’t have to use dorky wine-speak or spend a lot of time learning about wine to have fun with it. And we’re here to help.

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2012 Wine Blog Award Finalists Announced


Wine Blog Awards Ceremony

Comedian Ben Morrison co-hosts the 2010 Wine Blog Awards on the big screen with Alan Kropf, who enjoyed some absinthe during the ceremony, at the Wine Bloggers’ Conference in Walla Walla, Washington.

Here we go folks, the finalists of the 2012 Wine Blog Awards. The winners will be announced at the Wine Blog Awards, hosted by Mutineer Magazine Editor-in-Chief Alan Kropf, which will be held during the Wine Bloggers’ Conference in Portland from August 17 – 19. To vote for your favorites visit the Wine Blog Awards website and vote by July 26th at 11:59pm!

Best Winery Wine Blog

Best Single Subject Wine Blog

Best New Wine blog

Best Writing on a Wine Blog

Best Wine Reviews on a Wine Blog

Best Industry Wine Blog

Best Original Video or Photography on a Wine Blog

Best Blog Post of the Year

Best Overall Wine Blog

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