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Happy Auction Week from Napa Valley

Wine

Auction Napa Valley

Napa Valley’s annual renowned wine auction is here! Auction Napa Valley, which brings hopeful bidders from around the world, begins this week with official festivities beginning on Thursday with vintner-hosted welcome parties, followed by the Napa Valley Barrel Auction and vintner-hosted dinners on Friday. Finally, on Saturday, comes the Live Auction Celebration at Meadowood.

Can’t make it out to Napa Valley but want to join the festivities? Their E-Auction makes that possible and there is no shortage of incredible lots filled with verticals, large format, special dinners, one-of-a-kind experiences, and more.

The event, which last year alone raised $8 million, is put on by the Napa Valley Vintners with the funds going straight back into the community and since 1981 they have raised over $100 million.

For more information, visit the Auction Napa Valley website.

To participate in the E-Auction, click here.



Beverage Kickstarter Spotlight: Napa Valley Bitters Company

Spirits

Here at Mutineer HQ, we are all about cheering on beverage entrepreneurs and their efforts to bring something new to the beverage industry. Kickstarter is a great resource for these people to bring their ideas to life. One project we really dig right now is from Napa Valley Bitters Company.

Proprietor Ian Winget is hoping to reach his goal of $9,000 that will be used to buy supplies and equipment to begin the production of his bitters. The planned flavors are: Tamarind Lime Chili, Strawberry Rhubarb, Meyer Lemon Sage, Coffee Pecan, Key Lime, and Aromatic. I am personally looking forward to mixing the Meyer Lemon Sage Bitters with some sort of gin based cocktail. Check out this project and see if you are interested in backing the Napa Valley Bitters Company.



Hawaiian Blue Prawns with Tomato Fondue

Food

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Summertime has arrived in many parts of the country and wine drinkers everywhere are trading in hearty red wines for refreshing white wines. Todd Knoll, the Executive Chef at Jordan Winery has created this light, refreshing dish for Hawaiian Blue Prawns with Tomato Fondue to pair with the recently released 2009 Jordan Chardonnay. The lightness of the prawns and sweetness of the tomatoes play beautifully together, and the dish is incredibly simple to prepare. See the full post »



Wine Blog Awards Finalists Announced

Wine

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

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.



#SauvBlanc Day Is Here!

Wine

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.

Cheers!



Drinking and Drawing: The Wine Thief

Miscellaneous

Drinking and Drawing - Wine Thief

Mutineer has an incredible creative team, led by the inspired Julie Hadjinian, Creative Director of Mutineer Magazine. We gave her a few glasses of pinot noir and The Wine Thief was the result in this week’s Drinking and Drawing.



Craft Beer Dinner in Napa, CA – Kitchen Door + Firestone Walker Brewing Co. May 20

Beer

Firestone Walker Kitchen Door Beer Dinner Menu May 2013

Napa’s Kitchen Door has teamed up with one of California’s top breweries – Firestone Walker Brewing Co. – for a celebration of craft beer, great food and fun people. Kitchen Door, recently honored as a Michelin Guide Recommended Restaurant as well as one of Bon Appetit’s 7 Best Restaurants in Napa Valley, will be pairing five delicious courses with six incredible beers from Firestone Walker.

Tickets are very limited for this intimate dinner and are $70 each, tax and gratuity included.

Mutineer will be on hand at the event and we hope to see you there.

Call or email Tim Seberson ASAP if interested in attending.
707-226-1560 // tim@kitchendoornapa.com



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