On November 17th, hundreds of fine beverage enthusiasts will have the opportunity to meet the distillers, brand owners and importers of some of the finest independent spirits in the world at the 2010 SF INDY Spirits Expo. Event attendees will also have the opportunity to sample a variety of small batch, unique artisanal spirits from around the world. See the full post »
Recently, a handful of Washington State’s wine pioneers have converged on a single project; a new winery with familiar faces called Den Hoed. It should come as no surprise to learn that long time Washington wine mogul Allen Shoop is involved; the founder of Longshadows Vintners where he brings together several of the world’s leading winemakers, Shoop is no stranger to high profile collaboratives. Conspiring with Shoop on this project is Longshadows winemaker, and his own right hand man in a way, Gilles Nicault. See the full post »
This amazingly well done photograph of Elysian’s Mens Room Red by Mutineer Director of Photography Ian Andreae will be the first of many photo blog entries to come here on the Mutineer blog. There won’t be much to read, just some great photos to look at. See the full post »
As reported today on Deschutes Brewery’sFacebook page, the always merry crew at Deschutes is in the process of hand waxing bottles of The Dissident, their barrel aged sour brown ale. After having spent almost two years in barrels with the addition of brettanomyces and lactobacillus, as well as whole western Washington cherries, Deschutes’ “most expensively pampered” beer is just eight days from being released. Their only wild yeast beer, The Dissident will be released on November 19th at both the Bend and Portland Deschutes locations after 11am with a limit of six 22 ounce bottles per person before being distributed through most all of Deschutes’ distribution channels. See the full post »
Wine educator Ray Johnson has recently taken up the post of Director of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, California. The Wine Business Institute focuses on the challenges of marketing and business in the wine industry. I recently attended a celebration commemorating the change at Balletto Vineyards in Santa Rosa. Faculty, students and alumni alike were gathered on the Balletto patio at sunset for sipping pinot noir, mingling and a few words of thanks from the new director. See the full post »
In addition to all the fine beverage news we posted on our blog this week, several other noteworthy things happened over the past few days. We have summarized them into a weekly roundup:
Jordan Winery to Host Mutineer A Child’s Right Benefit Dinner on December 10 “November 8, 2010 (San Francisco, CA) — What do you get when you bring together a star-studded cast of Hollywood comedians, vintage spirits, wines and cigars, spectacular auction lots and a lavish three-course meal at Healdsburg’s Jordan Vineyard & Winery? Naturally, you get the Blue Carpet Fundraiser Dinner (Friday, December 10, 2010) benefiting clean drinking water for children in Nepal, brought to you by a partnership between the second-generation winery and Mutineer Magazine.” Read the full article
Those in the know tend to talk about Old World wines with the sort of reverence and longing mostly seen in the 80’s, by teenage boys who had just watched the latest Madonna video. Words like Bordeaux and Barolo, Burgundy and Riesling Kabinett Prädikatswein send proverbial shivers down the spine. But while old is gold, there are plenty of reasons to make room for the new – especially when the ‘new’ we’re talking about is New Zealand.
New Zealand is, in fact, new. It’s the youngest country on earth, the last to come out of the ocean – approximately 50 million years ago. It was also the last country to be settled by humans. We didn’t make our way to the tiny island until somewhere around 1300AD. Compare this to the 800,000th anniversary of human habitation in Brittany.
Mutineers, Jordan Winery Stand Up for Water Relief Introducing the Blue Carpet Fundraiser Dinner for Water Relief
What do you get when you bring together a star-studded cast of Hollywood comedians, vintage spirits, wines and cigars, spectacular auction lots and a lavish three-course meal at Healdsburg’s Jordan Vineyard & Winery? Naturally, you get the Blue Carpet Fundraiser Dinner (Friday, December 10, 2010) benefiting clean drinking water for children in Nepal, brought to you by a partnership between the second-generation winery and Mutineer Magazine.
Oh, and you also get a dashing special guest in one Jonathan Goldsmith—popularly known for his portrayal of “The World’s Most Interesting Man” in Dos Equis ads, a paparazzi-worthy blue carpet entry (blue in honor of water relief, natch) and a guest comedian at each table – to ensure dinner guests are never at a loss for laughs.