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The Happening: BottleRock & Drinking Green for Earth Day

Beverage News

If you read Issue 3 of Mutineer Magazine, then you know the deal with BottleRock in Culver City, CA. This place is the real deal, with one of the best bottle for bottle beverage programs you’ll ever see. Helmed by the incredible palate of Sommelier George Skorka, I can’t say enough about this killer establishment. See the full post »

6 comments 02.25.2009 |

Novelty Hill/Januik Wine Blending Adventure


Novelty Hill and Januik

The Novelty Hill/Januik Winery is a big, concrete, wine-making monolith located just outside of Seattle in the shimmering suburb of Woodinville. Today I have left Mutineer base camp to visit Novelty Hill/Januik for a wine blending workshop/throwdown. For guidance and good company I have brought with me Mutineer Magazine Research Coordinator Julie Eckroth, and I can’t wait to get my blend on. See the full post »

4 comments 02.24.2009 |

The Happening: Premiere Napa Valley Auction


The barrel room at Culinary Institute of America (CIA) Greystone is filled with merchants, vintners, press, guests and one woman in an impossibly blue dress wearing leopard wedge-heeled shoes. Everyone’s here to taste the 200 auction lots for the Premiere Napa Valley wine auction. Not all of the wineries in the Valley can participate and some partnerships have formed to produce auction lots. You can blindside your palate by trying to taste all of the auction lots on Saturday morning. However, some vintners produce tasting events the day before. The Spring Mountain appellation vintners did a group tasting at the Spring Mountain winery. The host vineyard’s auction lot was a 100 percent Petit Verdot, which vineyard manager Ron Rosenbrand said is “something we’re proud of.See the full post »

Washington Wine Commission Tries to Not Suck, I’m Ready to Apply as their Much-needed “Washington Wine Liaison”


I have to give them credit for trying. I checked the Washington Wine Commission Fee Collector website this morning to find a “Snipes Mountain AVA established” headline in the Washington Wine News part of the website. The news is dated as February 20th 2009, the day the Snipes Mountain AVA was officially established, and the same day Mutineer ripped into the organization for NOT having any information about the new Snipes Mountain AVA, which tells us that this information was added either late Friday night or sometime over the weekend. This is clearly an attempt by the WWC to not look like fools, though the damage has been done. See the full post »

5 comments 02.23.2009 |

Sumner Sweetheart Wine Walk


Sweetheart Wine Walk

Well, contrary to my prediction that I’d be “cruising for chicks” in Sumner in my post previewing this event, I actually brought a date to experience this afternoon of wine in the small Washington hamlet of Sumner. See the full post »

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99 Bottles: A Beer Store For The Beer Lover


The Pacific Northwest offers beer lovers so many things; exceptional beer bars, brewpubs, breweries, and what I think is the coolest beer store ever, 99 Bottles. When you walk through the door you are greeted by a warm staff and a chilly room filled with over 900 different beers. Using traditional coolers for some of the beer and keeping the rest of the store at a cool 64-65 degrees assures that all of your purchases have been maintained with the utmost care. See the full post »

7 comments 02.20.2009 |

Washington Wine Commission = EPIC FAIL, Bloggers = EPIC SUCCESS


Today was supposed to be awesome. I was excited to write about the Snipes Mountain AVA gaining official status but ended up spending my day trying to figure out how and why the Washington Wine Commission could botch this up so badly. I posted a blog about it earlier today and have already had two Washington wineries contact me after reading the blog to vent about WWC dropping the ball on the Snipes Mountain AVA as well as past ball droppings. See the full post »

6 comments 02.20.2009 |

The Snipes Mountain AVA is Born Today! Someone tell the Washington Wine Commission!!!


So Mutineer Magazine has staked a claim here in the Pacific NW in the name of raw, old-school journalism. We came here to get the first hand story on this mysterious corner of the fine beverage universe, but things have become complicated since we got picked up for National distribution by one of the world’s leading distributors, and ever since our world has been a circus at best and depraved sweatshop of the printed word at its worst. See the full post »

6 comments 02.20.2009 |

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