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Cheers with the Locals this Friday in Napa Valley at CHEERS! St. Helena


CHEERS! St. Helena

CHEERS! St. Helena is the place to be this Friday night in Napa Valley. After a day of merriment at the Auction Napa Valley Barrel and E-Auction Lot Day at Jarvis Winery, be sure to take a stroll to Napa Valley’s Main Street in St. Helena and continue to taste more of Napa Valley’s finest local wines. Live music and food from the amazing local restaurants are also part of this social gathering. General admission to CHEERS! is free and wine tasting wrist bands are just $35. Season passes are also available for $100. The season pass gives you access to all 2012 CHEERS! events and discounts in the local shops and restaurants. CHEERS! St. Helena runs the first Friday of the month, May through October, and this Friday is the second event of the season.

The 2012 season kick-off in May was a huge success. James Beard nominated modern Mexican Restaurant, La Condesa, was on hand serving their version of roasted street corn and El Jimador tequila was on hand pouring samples and margaritas for the crowds to enjoy. Attendance was up this year as well with the St. Helena Chamber of Commerce now heading up this local event.

This week’s CHEERS! will continue with the best in local wines and food along Main Street and a great way to continue the Auction Napa Valley party. Be sure to stop by the Napa Valley Wine Wave booth to practice the “clink technique” as they prepare to set a Guinness World Record for the longest consecutive relay wine toast on October 7 at Charles Krug in St. Helena.

Quick Details:
CHEERS! St Helena
Website: http://www.cheerssthelena.com/
Email: director@cheerssthelena.com
Social: @CheersStHelena
Phone Number: (800) 799-6456
Price: Attending CHEERS! is free. Wine passes are available for purchase to taste top Napa Valley wines by anyone 21 or over. CHEERS! St. Helena VIP/Shop Local card is available for $100. Passes are exclusive to the social.
When: CHEERS! is held on the 1st Friday of each month at 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. from May-October on St. Helena’s Main Street in Napa Valley.

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Second Glass Wine Riot Chicago This Friday and 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 two days away from their Chicago stop. On June 1st and 2nd, Wine Riot will take over the Great Hall at Union Station with 250 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 Chicago

  • Opening Night: Friday, June 1, 7-11 PM – $60*
  • Riot One: Saturday, June 2, 1-5 PM – $50
  • Riot Two: Saturday, June 2, 7-11 PM – $50

To purchase tickets to Wine Riot Chicago, click here.

Where else will you see Wine Riot?

  • Wine Riot Boston April 20-21
  • Wine Riot DC May 5
  • Wine Riot Austin July 20-21
  • Wine Riot SF August 3-4
  • Wine Riot NYC September 21-22
  • Wine Riot LA November 10

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 Auction Napa Valley E-Auction Underway


Auction Napa Valley

Auction Napa Valley is here! Napa Valley’s iconic annual event has started with their 2012 Auction Napa Valley E-Auction, which offers 149 incredible lots of Napa Valley wine and unique Napa Valley experiences. The E-Auction makes it possible or anyone to join the festivities, regardless of their local.

For those attending this year, on Friday they will have the opportunity to taste and bid on nearly 100 barrel lots at Jarvis Winery, featuring some of the best wines from the biggest names in Napa Valley.

If that still doesn’t quite do it for you, the famed Live Auction Day at Meadowood will. The most over-the-top, incredible lots will go up in live bidding. World class wine coupled with everything from a private performance from Lady Antebellum to trips to France will go under the gavel. After bidding guests will have be treated to a meal by celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse followed by music and dancing.

Why should you bid? Since its inception in 1981, Auction Napa Valley has given more than $100 million to dozens of Napa County health, youth development and affordable housing Napa County non-profits. In 2011, Auction Napa Valley distributed $6.85 million.

To follow the Auction Napa Valley festivities, follow the Napa Valley Vintners Twitter or Mutineer Magazine as we’ll be covering it live. For more information visit the Auction Napa Valley Auction Napa Valley website.

Happy Bidding.

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Next Up in Founders Brewing Co.’s Backstage Series Release: Frangelic Mountain Brown


Founders Brewing Co Frangelic Mountain Brown

Founders Brewing Co. announced today that Frangelic Mountain Brown would be the next release in the brewery’s 750mL Backstage Series, with availability beginning in July. It will be the fourth beer of the Backstage Series following Blushing Monk and Canadian Breakfast Stout from 2011 and Curmudgeon’s Better Half in 2012.

What exactly is Frangelic Mountain Brown? According to the press release “Frangelic Mountain Brown is the quintessential taproom “one-off” beer: Founders’ brewers created the Mountain Brown series for their taproom in Grand Rapids in 2007. Frangelic Mountain Brown is the 16th iteration in the series of popular brown ales—and it likely won’t be the last. The singular characteristic of this beer comes from the use of hazelnut coffees in the brewing process. The beer has distinct aromatics with sweet and nutty flavors beautifully balanced. Founders is known for its beers made with coffee (i.e., the Breakfast Stout series), but this is both the brewery’s first brown ale and its first beer brewed with hazelnut coffees to be bottled. It clocks in at 9% ABV.”

While there will not be an official release party for Frangelic Mountain Brown at the brewery’s taproom in Grand Rapids, the beer will be available on draft in the taproom beginning Monday, July 2. The focus of bottle sales will be in Founders’ distribution footprint.

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New Southern Comfort Bold Black Cherry Announced


SoCo Bold Black CherrySouthern Comfort has announced the launch of its newest product, Southern Comfort Bold Black Cherry. The newest expression is a mixture of Southern Comfort with whiskey and cherry flavors and is targeted to connect with younger drinkers.

A press release for the new product reads: Southern Comfort was created by New Orleans bartender, Martin Wilkes (M.W.) Heron in 1874. After experimenting with a variety of fruits, spices and other spirits, Heron struck on the perfect combination creating a one-of-a-kind blend of whiskey, fruit, and spice flavors. The new Bold Black Cherry product carries on Southern Comfort’s heritage as the leader in the flavored spirit category. The combination of dark fruits with Southern Comfort is perfectly served with cola to enhance the rich, complex flavor.

The signature drink is the SoCo Bold Black Cherry & Cola.

  • 2 oz. Southern Comfort Bold Black Cherry
  • 4 oz. Cola
  • Lemon Wedge
  • Fill a glass with cubed ice. Pour in Southern Comfort Bold Black Cherry. Add Cola and garnish with lemon wedge.

Southern Comfort Bold Black Cherry will be available nationwide beginning in June.

3 comments 05.24.2012 |

Millennial Wine Marketing Insight Offered at the Mutineer Magazine #WineCircus


The Mutineer Magazine’s Marvelous Millennial Wine Marketing Circus

Mutineer Magazine and Millennial speakers embarked on an epic five-day journey through five California wine regions to connect with wineries on Millennial marketing strategies. Led by Mutineer Magazine Editor in Chief, Alan Kropf, this first-of-its-kind Millennial wine marketing conference successfully brought together Millennial wine marketing brands to speak about Millennial culture and its implications on the wine industry, free of charge.

The conference started out in rural Calaveras County wine region at Twisted Oak Winery in California gold country. They traveled to Santa Barbara to connect with local wineries at Firestone Vineyards. Paso Robles was next with a full house at EOS Estate Winery, followed by Sebastiani in rustic and picturesque Sonoma County. The finale took place Napa Valley, complete with Cirque du Soleil styled aerial performers at the magnificent Charles Krug Estate.

“This conference turned out to be everything we’d hoped for and more. Professionals like Tyler Balliet are redefining millennial wine culture through the use of technology and innovative events like Wine Riot, and to bring him and the rest of our speakers to five different regions gave us the chance to start real conversations with wineries in each region,” say Kropf.

The complimentary two-hour workshop dazzled attendees with grand discussions and inspired thoughts about the Millennial wine market with topics led by our five presenters:

– Wine is Taking Center Stage: It’s Show Time! by Tyler Balliet
– The Wine Tasting Experience Re-imagined by Sarah Elliman
– Dancing Bears, Snake Oil and Listening Skills by Christophe Smith
– Traditional Public Relations in a Digital Age by Ashley Nicole Teplin
– On the Doorstep of a Wine Revolution by Alan Kropf

“Millennials are an incredibly unique generation of wine drinkers and marketing to them takes new approaches,” says Tyler Balliet, Founder of Second Glass. “They are the first generation to know wine as a mainstream product and they are the first generation to sort and validate information, rather than seek it. Marketers need to adapt and change their approach if they want to reach these consumers.”

The magnanimous circus roustabout included the following five stage performers:

Tyler Balliet, Second Glass: thesecondglass.com / @SecondGlass
— Second Glass was born out of Tyler’s desire to transform wine tasting with technology and education. He developed the mobile application used in tandem with Wine Riot, a millennial focused event that empowers consumers with confidence and education in a fun, entertaining atmosphere. Tyler has been heralded as a new voice in the wine world and crowned “the prince of Boston’s wine revolution” by Stuff Magazine.

Alan Kropf, Mutineer Magazine: mutineermagazine.com / @MutineerMag
— Alan is certified through the Court of Master Sommeliers, Wine & Spirit Education Trust, Cicerone and National Bartenders School. Alan has beverage experience at some of the world’s more prestigious properties, including the Beverly Hills Hotel and Gordon Ramsay. Alan founded Mutineer Magazine in 2008, which was picked up for national distribution in 2009. Since then Alan has won numerous beverage and publishing awards for his work with Mutineer, including Forbes Magazine’s “30 Under 30”, Zagat’s “30 Under 30” for San Francisco, and Wine & Spirits Magazine’s “30 Under 30”.

Christophe Smith, Harvest Live: harvestlive.tv / @cork_dork
— Christophe Smith is a ten year veteran of the wine industry and has worked in production, retail, marketing and national sales, although is best known for his creativity and achievements in social media. Currently a Producer at WineBizRadio.com, and has created Titus TV and Harvest Live, two popular web-based programs that create real world consumer engagement.

Ashley Nicole Teplin, Teplin+Nuss: teplinnuss.com / @TeplinNuss
— Prior to starting her own agency, Ashley Nicole Teplin worked with the renowned Pamela Hunter at Studio-707. Pam and her colleagues pioneered an approach to traditional Public Relations that is today’s standard. She was recently featured in North Bay Biz Magazine as a publicist integral in guiding the consistent online voice in 2012 in the article titled, “Inside the Millennial Mind.”

Sarah Elliman, CellarPass: cellarpass.com / @CellarPass
— Sarah Elliman pioneers new ways to help wineries reach their target audience and increase consumer response, specifically with on-site visits. She applies her keen understanding of the customer/winery relationship at CellarPass, a real-time winery reservation system that helps customers discover and book wine tasting experiences. Resourceful and innovative, Sarah continually develops new ways to improve winery processes and enhance the guest experiences that lead to long lasting customer loyalty.

The Cocktail Spirit With Robert Hess: The Red Snapper Cocktail


This week’s installment of The Cocktail Spirit with Robert Hess brought to you by the Small Screen Network brings you the Red Snapper. Robert Hess explains the cocktail: “If you dig into the often confusing history of the Bloody Mary, you will encounter references to it first being served in 1934 at the St. Regis hotel in New York by Fernand Petiot who brought the recipe with him from Paris (where some accounts claim he invented it). Since the name “Bloody Mary” was deemed to be a little to vulgar for the establishment, it was re-christened the “Red Snapper”, it is also said that since vodka wasn’t yet easily available here in the US, gin was used instead. Eventually the original name was returned to the drink, but the Red Snapper continued to be made with gin instead of vodka.”

The Red Snapper Cocktail

  • 2 ounces Martin Miller’s Gin
  • 4 ounces tomato juice
  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 dashes Tabasco sauce


  • add all ingredients to a mixing tin
  • roll ingredients back and forth into a second tin and the first until combined
  • strain over ice in a Collins glass

1 comment 05.22.2012 |

Wine Blog Awards Nominations Now Being Accepted


Wine Blog Awards

The annual Wine Blog Awards is now accepting nominations! With that said, Mutineer Magazine is proud to announce that we are sponsoring the Wine Blog Awards and our very own Alan Kropf will be presenting the awards live at the Wine Bloggers Conference.

Do you have a favorite wine blog or favorite winery blog? A favorite new wine blog or a blog that you think has great photography or design? Or, newcomer award to the group, Best Blog Post. Nominations are open across nine categories until May 30th.

To nominate a blog, visit the Wine Blog Awards website.

The winners will be announced at the 2012 Wine Bloggers Conference in Portland, Oregon on Saturday, August 18th hosted by Mutineer Magazine Editor in Chief Alan Kropf.

The goal of the Wine Blog Awards is a simple one: Honor and celebrate the best in wine blogging; encourage the wine blogging community to continue what has been a continued march to relevance and success in the area of wine education and reporting and to draw attention to the wine blogging community.

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