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#WineWednesday: What’s Shaking in the Wine World


What’s been going on in the wine world lately? Here’s a small collection of some articles worth checking out.

WineKrauthamer uses physics to shoot wine bottles
What do physics and wine bottle photography have in common? According to local entrepreneur Collin Krauthamer, everything.

Wine sales robust in 2011, may drop more in 2012
It was a good year for fine wine in 2011 with auction houses reporting solid sales but the bubble has burst in the Bordeaux market and prices are expected to fall further in 2012.

Prevention: Beer and Martinis: As Healthy as Wine?
Many studies have found an association between the moderate consumption of alcohol and increased longevity, and some have found evidence that wine has a more beneficial effect than other alcoholic drinks.

Israel grows as winemaker
For centuries Israeli wine was reserved for religious ceremony, and the less of it one had to drink, the better. But over the past decade or two, the country been producing some very good wines for consumers — wine to drink with food for earthly pleasure, not just the glory of God.

Critics hope private parliament bill will sink antiquated inter-provincial wine rules in 2012
Broadcaster Terry David Mulligan drove 10 bottles of wine across the B.C./Alberta border in a symbolic act against a law that prohibits the transportation of liquor across provincial borders for resale purposes. He wasn’t arrested. Critics of the law say it punishes small boutique winneries and they hope it will be repealed in 2012.

Wine region remains unprotected
Fresh calls for the Margaret River Region (Australia) to be protected by special legislation have been sparked by Environment Minister Bill Marmion’s Christmas present decision on the Vasse Coal Project.

Seven Winemakers to Watch in 2012
What do a war veteran, a tax consultant and a Kiwi have in common? (No this isn’t a bad joke.) They are some of the best winemakers in California right now. Some of these folks were everywhere this year. And some we hope to see a lot more of in 2012. Without further ado, seven winemakers we think are cool, interesting and really good at what they do—in no particular order.

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Mutineer Magazine Contest Ends DEC 31 – Win a copy of The Hangover II DVD or a Flat Screen TV


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Only a few days are left to enter in the Mutineer Magazine Hangover II giveaway! Mutineer Magazine and Warner Bros. are giving away a 32″ flat screen TV and 10 copies of The Hangover Part II. Entering to win is easy.

1) If you haven’t already, visit us on Facebook and like us.

2) Subscribe or renew your subscription to Mutineer Magazine by 11:59PM PST December 31 2011.*

– * Anyone who subscribed or renewed since November 1st will be automatically entered into the contest.
– Only open to U.S. residents.
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New Ohio legislation to allow beer tasting rooms


Beers from Stone's Sour Fest

State lawmakers in Ohio have recently approved a measure that will allow production breweries to offer tastings and sell beers by the glass in their tasting room, much like is done at wineries. The new law will take effect in March.

If breweries wish to hold tastings before then, they are required to get a second permit which costs an additional $3,906 above their manufacturing license. In contrast, wineries pay $76 per year for their annual license and they aren’t required to pay for a second permit for a tasting room.

The tasting room issue was an amendment to a bill focused on micro-distilleries. Under the new law, the state will allow the opening of more micro-distilleries, of which there are currently only three, as long as they produce under 10,000 gallons per year.

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What’s Shaking in the Wine World


Coombsville AVAWhat’s been going on in the wine world lately? Here’s a small collection of some articles worth checking out.

Coombsville becomes Napa’s 16th appellation
The Coombsville Vintners & Growers group is celebrating because the federal government has approved the eastern Napa region as the valley’s newest sub-appellation.

What rising memperatures may mean for world’s wine industry
Warming temperatures associated with climate change are already affecting vineyards from France to Chile, often in beneficial ways. But as the world continues to warm, some traditional winemaking regions are scrambling to adapt, while other areas see themselves as new wine frontiers.

Gallo Winery gets AVA expansion
All it took was “Money and time,” said winemaker Merry Edwards, describing the denouement of her lengthy and ultimately unsuccessful fight to prevent expansion of the Russian River Valley viticultural area.

Bitter taste when smoke gets in your vines
Scientists have identified more than 20 chemicals that make smoke-tainted wine taste like leather, disinfectant and other unpalatable flavours in a new research project that aims to limit the damage to the wine industry caused by smoke.

N.J. Senate approves bill allowing wineries to sell directly to dealerss
The state Senate has approved a measure to allow wineries to sell directly to retailers, and to ship small amounts of wine to consumers by mail.

Judge won’t halt liquor privatization
A Cowlitz County judge on Wednesday rejected a request to temporarily halt an initiative to privatize state liquor sales while the courts decide whether it’s constitutional.

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Black Star Launches Online Beer Barter Contest


Black Star Beer Barter

What would you do or trade for a year’s supply of beer? Would you tattoo a giant red bronco on your back or fork over your precious taxidermy water buffalo? Prove it at The Black Star Barter on February 4th, 2012 in Whitefish, Montana!

If you can’t afford to make it out to Whitefish, you also have the chance to win a trip to The Black Star Barter for a chance to compete head to head for a year’s supply of Black Star beer. Heck yes.

To enter is easy. Enter a photo or video of what you’d do or trade- any beer-worthy object or talent- for a year’s supply of Black Star, get a lot of votes and win a trip to compete in the official Black Star Barter! Hosted at the Great Northern Brewery, home of Black Star Beer in Whitefish, MT on February 4th, 2012, you’ll compete head to head for a year’s supply of beer.

If the judges choose you as the ultimate barterer you’ll be walking away with 365 days of pure liquid gold; the greatest prize ever conceived by man, beer.

For last year’s Black Star Barter, we predicted “…buffalos, live or stuffed, preferably stuffed for safety’s sake, the world’s largest burrito, and people claiming to be able to sneeze with their eyes open, but don’t take our word for it, go and see for yourself. Mutineer Editor in Chief Alan Kropf has already started the bartering with tots. Tater tots. Good luck beating that.”

Unfortunately, Alan’s tots didn’t cut the mustard but we hear the rest of our predictions came true as sacrificial offerings for a year’s worth of free beer. Speaking of sacrificial offerings, this year, Mutineer Alan is offering up “one kitten.” The rest of Team Mutineer isn’t quite sure what that means, but it’s sure to be interesting.

To enter, visit facebook.com/blackstarbeer.

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Mutineer Holiday Cocktail Competition: The King’s Waes Hail Cocktail At Solbar


The King's Waes Hail Cocktail

From Thrillist:
This master creation from an award-winning Napa mixologist takes two weeks to make (yawn), and combines apple brandy, The King’s Ginger, lemon juice, sweet vermouth, egg white, grenadine, maraschino, Genever-style gin, an apple crisp garnish, and five drops of a gingersnap spice tincture that needs to spend 14 days being shaken in a jar with 151 and mixed spice, at which point it emerges ready to murder anyone who plays “Wannabe” ever again.

This cocktail, created by lead bartender Michael Jack Pazdon of Napa Valley’s Solbar at Solage in Calistoga was the winning cocktail of Mutineer Magazine’s The King’s Ginger Holiday Cocktail Competition held November 6th. For those that missed this incredible event, learn how to make it yourself or take a trip up to Michelin-starred Solbar and have it be made by the master himself.

Be sure to check out Issue 22 of Mutineer Magazine for a full recap of The King’s Ginger Holiday Cocktail Competition.

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The Great Aussie Wine Mutiny: Margaret River 3


Trevor Kent, Cullen Wines, Margaret River from Alan Kropf on Vimeo.

In TGAWM: Margaret River 1, we took a general look at the Margaret River wine region of Australia, and in TGAWM: Margaret River 2, we explored style and varietals of the region with a focus on cooler climate shiraz.

In this most glorious third installment, we take a look at biodynamic practices in Margaret River, featuring the exceptionally delicious wines of Cullen Wines.

Cullen has established an international reputation for its biodynamic practices in the region, with the Cabernet Sauvignon and other Bordeaux varietal wines highly sought after.

According to Cullen Production Manager Trevor Kent, “I think somewhere like Bordeaux might struggle a bit more with humidity, but we’re lucky to have a good mediterranean climate that allows us to get through the ripening period without too much disease pressure.”

Here are some Margaret River wineries that are either biodynamic certified or employ biodynamic practices in their vineyard. There is a bit of a grey area as many Margaret River vineyards use some biodynamic and organic practices without stating it publicly.

24 Karat

Clown Fish

Cullen Wines

Heydon Estate

Jindong Moon

Marri Wood Park

Three Boys

Here are some links to Australian Sustainability Organizations:

National Association for Sustainable Agriculture, Australia
Biological Farmers of Australia
Biodynamic Agriculture Australia

A visit to another Margaret River heavy hitter, Moss Wood, led to some interesting cellar conversations in regarding the use of native yeast vs. commercial yeast with the great Keith Mugford, wine maker at Moss Wood. I pulled him aside after the tasting for him to summarize his thoughts:

Keith Mugford, Moss Wood, Margaret River from Alan Kropf on Vimeo.

And just because, here’s some calming time-lapsed clouds at Leeuwin Estate in Margaret River.

Margaret River Zen Clouds from Alan Kropf on Vimeo.

Next up in the The Great Aussie Wine Mutiny: Mornington Peninsula. YES.

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“The One” Wine Harp


You’ve probably heard of “The One”, Master Sommelier Andrea Immer Robinson’s line of stemware that features a single glass for all red wines and a single glass for all white wines.

As awesome as these glasses are to enjoy wine out of, we took things a step further and created an old-school wine harp and created a video record of our achievement. As the footage shows, cats love the golden tones created by the wine harp, but only for short periods of time.

If you have a stockpile of “The One” or other crystal stemware handy and want to build your own ultra harp, beware that tuning this beast takes patience and perseverance. Much thanks to Hunter for being my partner in crime on this one.

From the Mutineer Interview with Andrea Immer Robinson in the May/June 2011 issue of Mutineer Magazine:

Andrea Immer Robinson: “Stemware is a labor of love for me, and it’s something I’m really passionate about because I’ve always stood for simplifying a topic that’s otherwise complicated. What I think has been a great thing about the last 20 years in the stemware world is that it’s become quite engrained that the glass makes a difference. So it’s great that people get it that a glass is important, and you’re seeing that at the mass-market chains. They all have fancy-ish wine stems relative to what they used to. But then it became completely over the top in terms of how complicated it got with needing a different glass with every grape. You needed a pinot Burgundy glass, and now you need an Oregon pinot glass. It’s like “What? are you freaking kidding me?”

Also, I don’t get the whole logic around where the wine is delivered on your tongue. I don’t believe in that at all. Your tongue is sweet, sour, bitter and salt, temperature and texture. Those are all valuable and important in tasting wine, but they do not give you the detail at all. They do not give you the fruit, the aroma and the true flavor, because the flavor has to have the sense of smell involved. So for me, that made no sense. It was also way too expensive, way too complicated.

The hope was to see if it was possible to come up with a single shape that would optimize all wines. If it wasn’t, then obviously I wasn’t going to do anything with that idea. My husband John and I went through the exercise of assessing all the best glasses out there and seeing which characteristics seemed to be associated with the best performance. Then we created a sketch on a piece of graph paper and had prototypes made with a partner we thought we’d be able to work with from France. We spent the next two years testing them again and again with every kind of wine out there; cheap, expensive, every appellation, every grape, old, young and everything in between. We had more time to develop even more conviction and also to make a tweak to the red wine design because the first pass wasn’t quite what we wanted it to be. Then we did a bunch of east and west coast master sommelier and master
of wine tastings with our prototypes versus other commercial stems that people had held in high regard, and they did really well.

The combination of the break-resistance, lead-free, dishwasher safe, superior clarity and pulled stem technology really made them a great partner. All of their glasses are wonderful quality, and they were extremely good about working with us and getting the shapes right. For the consumer, this is something that people can get their heads around and then they can make it fit into their practical everyday lives. I have three kids, and hand washing crystal wine glasses every night, especially with the amount we dirty up on a regular day, is just not gonna happen.”

For a world class wine harp performance, check this out:

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