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2011 CANFEST Blogger Contest Voting is Open


CANFEST Beer Blogger Contest

As many of you may know, Mutineer Magazine is sponsoring this year’s CANFEST and we are happy to announce that the voting for the 2011 CANFEST Blogger Contest is open. Beer bloggers were simply asked to author a blog creatively stating why they deserved to go to CANFEST. The blogs would then be voted on and the winner would get flown to CANFEST and be put up for the weekend. Too easy! Well, here are this year’s contestants and their blog entries.

Voting ends Friday September 23! To vote, visit this website and choose your favorite. You can only vote once, so choose wisely.

To all of the contestants, best of luck!

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Event Recap: Rioja y Rivera


The Wines of Bodegas Riojanas

The waiters have just begun to serve the third course at John Sedlar’s restaurant, Rivera, in downtown Los Angeles. The plating is inspiring: Occupying the top third of the square white dish and painted in spices, is an image. Five different pictures in all, divided among the fifteen or so at the table. Mine is a word, something (meaning now forgotten) printed in delicate Arabic letters, tasting primarily of cumin and paprika. The person next to me has an image of a bull. Beside them is a plate painted with a pair of female eyes, gazing back beneath heavily lined lids. Each picture, the accompaniment to Sedlar’s grilled Snake River Farms chuleta de puerco (under the green of a pureed pippan sauce), is whimsical and strong and leads to an immediate surge in conversation.

But the well-presented pork chops aren’t the only reason the table is buzzing. Vinos Unico, a San Francisco-based wine importer specializing in Portuguese, Spanish and Argentinean wines, invited guests to this dinner to show off their new portfolio of Bodegas Riojanas wines. And they just poured a 1978 and a 1964, side-by-side.

The Wines of Bodegas Riojanas
The brands on display tonight, Viña Albina and Monte Real, both represent traditional Spanish Rioja – brambly, earthy, slightly untamed. The Viña Albina wines, in particular – from the 1978 Gran Reserva to the 2004 Reserva (paired with macerated salmon, white asparagus and nasturtium), are all masculine power – berries braced against tannin and spice, unfolding into cigar and barnyard and forest floor. These wines are smooth, but substantial. As they open, it’s impossible to predict the direction they’ll take. The ride is exciting.

The Monte Real Rioja, by contrast, are more restrained. These wines, while still possessing the earth and complexity of the Viña Albina, are more feminine; they’re big but pretty. The journey is less unpredictable; they’re gentle and soft on the finish. Even after ten, thirteen, forty-seven years of aging, these wines still show fruit. If everything aged so pretty, half the people in Beverly Hills would save a fortune on fillers and peels.

Rioja wine comes from La Rioja, an autonomous community and province in northern Spain. The region, itself, is divided into three separate areas: Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Baja. Grapes (traditionally Tempranillo, Graciano, Mazuelo and Garnacha for red; and Viura/Macabeo, Malvasia, and Garnacha Blanca for white) are grown in each of the sections – top, middle and lower. The most acclaimed wines come from Rioja Alta, whose higher elevation tends to produce the best combination of fruit/structure/acid/alcohol. By contrast, most of the grapes from Rioja Baja are used for blending.

Bodegas Riojanas is a Rioja Alta producer. Both lines feature a majority of Tempranillo, with Mazuelo and Graciano making up the remainder of the blends. True to tradition and D.O.C. regulation, the Reservas have been aged anywhere from 24 – 30 months in oak barrels and spend another year in bottle; the Gran Reservas spend 36 months aging in bottle after 24 – 30 months in oak.

The 2001 Viña Albina Dolce Reserva, on the other hand, is an entirely different story. This is a sweet white Rioja; the rich, viscous, honey-citrus blend made from Viura and Malvasia – and has just been paired with Sedlar’s honey ice cream, anise kumquat cookies and macerated blueberries. It is the perfect ending to a presentation of unforgettable food and wine; an evening that has proven to be an enlightening combination of old and new in Spanish wine and cuisine.

Detroit Uncorked 2011


Detroit Uncorked

The seventh annual Detroit Uncorked, presented by Ford Motor Company, in conjunction with Detroit Wine Organization, returns to the Ford Conference and Event Center September 30, 2011 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Since its inception, Detroit Uncorked has raised over $380,000 for The Children’s Center.

Detroit Uncorked is one of the region’s largest wine tasting events benefiting The Children’s Center and Detroit Wine Organization. This year’s event will feature hundreds of wines from around the world. Over 900 guests are expected to attend.

The General Admission ticket is $80, which includes light hors d’oeuvres, a tasting of over 300 wines, as well interactive Ford Motor Company vehicle displays with games and prizes, and a silent auction. A limited number of VIP Experience tickets are still available at $150 each, which includes all of the General Admission ticket perks plus a full strolling dinner, a rare and limited selections wine bar and live entertainment.

To purchase tickets, visit www.DetroitUncorked.com or call (313) 262-7123. Guests must be at least 21 years old to attend.

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The Cocktail Spirit With Robert Hess: The Royalist Cocktail


This week’s installment of The Cocktail Spirit with Robert Hess brought to you by the Small Screen Network brings you The Royalist Cocktail. According to Robert Hess, “Invented by W.J. Tarling, author of The Café Royal Cocktail Book (1937), the Royalist Cocktail is similar to a Manhattan. The use of Peach bitters in lieu of Angostura as well as the use of dry instead of sweet vermouth are the obvious differences. Benedictine offers a touch of sweetness and spice to what is a delightful cocktail.”

The Royalist Cocktail

  • 1 1/2 oz dry vermouth
  • 3/4 oz George Dickel Whisky
  • 3/4 oz Benedictine
  • dash peach bitters


  • stir with ice
  • strain into a cocktail glass

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Familia Camarena Tequila Joins the Roster of the Minnesota Vikings


Familia Camarena Tequila

An unlikely combination, Familia Camarena Tequila has partnered with the Minnesota Vikings for a three-year marketing sponsorship. Announced just a day after the kickoff of the 2011 NFL season and the nail biting conclusion of the Green Bay/New Orleans game, the terms of the marketing partnership include rights to the Minnesota Vikings logos, as well as in-stadium brand exposure during all Vikings regular season home games.

“Camarena Tequila’s partnership with the Vikings is an integral part of our marketing strategy focused on continued consumer trial and awareness of Camarena Tequila,” said Gerard Thoukis, Director of Marketing for Camarena. “We look forward to a great inaugural season with this well-respected organization.”

Less than two years old, Familia Camarena Tequila’s professional sports marketing strategy has followed suit with the brand’s more than double-digit growth since its inception in 2010. Announcement of Familia Camarena Tequila’s partnership with the Vikings coincides with sponsorship agreements with six Major League Baseball clubs, two National Basketball Association teams and three additional National Football League teams this year.

Breweries have been partnering with professional sports teams for years, it’s nice to see spirits trying their hand in that arena.

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California Wine Month in Full Swing in Central Coast


California Wine Month
The San Luis Obispo County wine community, which boasts more than 250 wineries and 36,000 vineyard acres, will be taking full advantage of California Wine Month through a number of events and wine specials across the county. The most notable of them will be Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast 2011, taking place September 29 through October 2 in the communities of San Luis Obispo County. Events will include seminars, wine maker dinners, tours, special tastings and more. Want more info? Click here.

For more information on what’s going on around the Central Coast this month, visit the San Luis Obispo County Visitors and Conference Bureau.

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Four Loko Releases Poco Loko

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Four Poco Loko

Four Loko, the controversial once-caffeinated flavored malt beverage that was blamed to have hospitalized college students from around the country, has just announced the release of Poco Loko. The drink, now caffeine-free due to an FDA ban, will be available in 16-ounce cans instead of 23.5-ounce cans found with Four Loko and at a strength of 8 percent alcohol by volume, instead of the normal 12 percent. The product, which will be available in four packs and in single cans, is being introduced in order to meet consumer demand for additional products and flavors, and to continue diversifying the Phusion Projects line of products.

“We’ve always been a company that listens to what our consumers want,” said Chris Hunter, one of the co-founders of Phusion Projects. “Poco Loko is a great product to bring to market, and we’re excited to re-introduce fan favorite Green Apple, originally from the Four Loko XXX Limited Edition line.”

As with all Phusion Projects products, Poco Loko is a flavored malt beverage that does not contain caffeine, guarana or taurine.

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Mutineer Magazine Issue 19 Preview


Mutineer Magazine Issue 19

From the Issue 19 Letter from the Editor:
“My fellow Mutineers, this is technically the first issue of the fourth year of Mutineer Magazine. Yes folks, this proverbial battleship of fine beverage righteousness has relentlessly pressed on, blasting against the confused currents of a culture in the midst of an awkward adolescence that will likely only be truly appreciated with hindsight.

My fine beverage brethren, the time has come to put on your Che t-shirt and cue up the White Album, because we are in the midst of a people’s drink revolution of the highest order. It’s essentially a waking dream, except real.”

And he even continues further. How can one not get excited about that? Throughout Issue 19 of Mutineer Magazine, you will find that same intensity for today’s beverage culture.

The September/October 2011 Issue of Mutineer Magazine brings you:

Behind the Peep Hole: Ken Burns’ “Prohibition”

Mutineer gives you a first glimpse into Ken Burn’s Prohibition, his three-part documentary film series that tells the story of the rise, rule and fall of the Eighteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the entire era it encompassed. Flappers and fedoras are only part of the story of Prohibition. Ken Burns digs deeper in his new documentary.


What happens when you take talented brewers from two continents and partner them with an Iron Chef? Amazing things… on a rooftop.

Gypsy Brewing

A band of brewers questioned the traditional brewery model and wrote their own rules. They’re called gypsy brewers, and they’re challenging the craft beer world.

Mutineer Interview: Steve Heimoff

Part wine journo, part blogger, Steve Heimoff is a rare species. Mutineer tracked down the elusive hybrid to ask him a few burning questions.

Hungry Mutineer: Tailgating

Mutineer Food Editor Erin Jimcosky teaches you how to tailgate… Izakaya style. She prepares her favorite American tailgate fare with a Japanese Izakaya twist and pairs it with some great Japanese beer selections.

The September/October issue also includes:
Dan Dunn’s Civilization and Its Discontents: Another Gin-Soaked Degenerate
The Plaid Avenger: Malbec
What People Drink: David Walker, Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
What People Drink: Jackson Sisters, Jackson Family Wines
Wine Steals: California Red Blends
Behind The Bottle: The Last Glass
Beer Styles: Black IPA
Classic Cocktails: The Negroni
Coffee & Tea: Pourover, Limburger Cheese, Drink Night Cocktails, and much, much, more…

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