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The Great Aussie Wine Mutiny


The Great Aussie Wine Mutiny from Alan Kropf on Vimeo.

Mutineer Editor in Chief stakes a proverbial claim on the beach were the Indian and Arctic Oceans converge in the Margaret River region of Western Australia.

Greetings my fellow Mutineers. After an extended absence from the Mutineer blog, yours truly is back and ready to contribute with enthusiasm. To kick things off I’ll be presenting a series of video posts under the moniker “The Great Aussie Wine Mutiny” sourced from a trip I took around the continent in early May and featuring reports from Adelaide, Coonawarra, Eden Valley, Margaret River, Mornington Peninsula, Nagambie Lakes, Orange, Rutherglen and more.

In the meantime, check out this video with Winemaker Chris Hancock of Robert Oatley Vineyards sharing his insights on the rip roaring world of beverage culture in America.

1 comment 06.20.2011 |

Donate for Dad Through Pints for Prostates


Pints for Prostates

In honor of Dads everywhere, Pints for Prostates is collecting funds in the fight against prostate cancer. Between now and June 30th you can “Donate for Dad” using the link below to purchase a “virutal beer” and say thanks to the men in your life. Making a donation is easy, safe and secure using your PayPal account or a credit card.

You can buy a virtual pint for $5, six pack for $10, case for $25, keg for $100 or donate any amount that you wish.

Pints for Prostates is a 501(c)3 non-profit grassroots charity that reaches men through the universal language of beer. Your donation will be put to work directly to fund the Pints for Prostates awareness campaign and to help men battling prostate cancer.

Thanks for supporting the fight against prostate cancer.

To donate, visit the Pints for Prostates website.

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Fine Beverage Roundup: Week of June 13th-17th

Beverage News

In addition to all the fine beverage news we have posted on our blog this week, here are several other things from other bloggers that we’d like to share with you. We have summarized them into a weekly roundup:

  • Q & A with Larry SidorDeschutes' Larry Sidor

    “As you may have heard, our brewmaster for the past eight years, Larry Sidor, will be leaving us at the end of the year to pursue a lifelong dream of owning his own business. Here’s a question and answer session we recently had with Larry to give a little insight into his time at Deschutes and his brewing experience.” Read the full article

  • What’s The Best Way To Drink Your Whisky
    One of life’s most difficult questions! John Hansell, Publisher and Editor of Malt Advocate does his best to answer it.
    Read the full article
  • A Few Last Minute Wine Reviews Before The Apocalypse
    The apocalypse was coming, what better time to dive into the cellar? That’s exactly what they did.
    Read the full article
  • Dogfish Head and The Bruery to Create Collaboration Beer
    DrinkEatTravel.com gives some info about an upcoming collaboration beer between The Bruery and Dogfish Head.
    Read the full article
  • The Indies Are Here, So Drink Up!: The Sippin’ 5 Indy Spirits By Joshua Wortman
    CitySip highlights a few of their favorite spirits from this year’s Indy Spirits Expo.
    Read the full article
  • L.A. Becomes First Big School District To Ban Chocolate Milk
    “Yesterday, the Los Angeles Unified School District voted 5-2 on a new dairy contract to remove flavored milk from school menus, the Los Angeles Times reports. The district also banned sodas and chicken nuggets recently in its battle against childhood obesity. “By the fall the district will be a national leader,” Matthew Sharp, with California Food Policy Advocates, tells the Times.”
    Read the full article

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    Deschutes Looking For New Brewmaster


    Deschutes Brewery

    Are you a brewer? Are you looking for a job? It’s not the US Army looking for a brewer this time, it’s Deschutes Brewery in Bend, Oregon and they’re looking for a Brewmaster to replace outgoing Brewmaster Larry Sidor who will soon be opening a brewery of his own in Bend. Deschutes is looking for someone more than the average garage home brewer and rightfully so as they’ll have some huge shoes to fill; The Dissident, The Abyss, Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Black Butte Porter, Jubelale … ring any bells?

    If you think you have what it takes and ideally a degree in Fermentation Sciences and at least 10 years of professional production brewing, now is your chance to get called up to the big leagues and become the Brewmaster at one of my favorite breweries.

    Deschutes Brewery, Bend, OR is seeking an amazing Brewmaster. The successful candidate will have a passion for craft beer and share our desire to constantly push the envelope when it comes to quality and creativity. We need a brave soul, willing to experiment while also having the experience and expertise to run a sophisticated and growing brewery. This person will bring outstanding leadership skills, technical & creative expertise and proficiency in brewing operations.

    Key responsibilities will include leadership of four Assistant Brewmasters with a department of 20+ Brewers, new product development and beer formulations that meet specifications and quality goals, monitoring of all brewhouse operations from raw materials to packaging and two pub operations, oversight of beer quality in the brewery and cellars, and budgetary planning and responsibility for performance to budget. Planning for future needs of the department in career development, facility growth and equipment needs will be a top priority. Strong communication skills—both written and spoken—will be a requirement. We are seeking a leader who develops cohesive, collaborative teams through excellent communication and coaching. Will be very involved with the company as a whole in the advancement of solid procedures. You must have a strategic and long term perspective while dealing with the challenges of today.

    Our ideal candidate will have a degree in Fermentation Sciences, a minimum of 10 years professional, production brewing experience including knowledge of a broad range of brewing styles, long range planning experience with expansion and equipment purchase to meet design criteria and proven fiscal responsibility. Strong computer proficiency in Office programs is required.

    Qualified individuals should submit their resume with salary requirements to: careers@deschutesbrewery.com.

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    Napa’s Wined Downtown: Easily Savored, Accessible


    Bounty Hunter

    Many new to wine will hear “Napa” and perhaps say to themselves, “Maybe when I get a little more refined with my palate, that’s for the experts.” They may also balk at the prospect of a Napa mission because of the vast, expansive geographic reality that truly is Napa.  On Highway 29 alone, countless tasting rooms.  But, in the condensed, colorful, and cute downtown of the heralded Napa, visitors find relatable spots, inviting rooms, hosts, offerings.  And not to forget, the wine knowledge’s pervading persistence.  If you want to learn more about wine, “refine your palate,” these manageable streets, all illustrating their tasty cache, with approachable and Human surfaces, serve as more than an optimal starting point.  Shall we begin? … Did you bring your camera?

    One spot I’d be remiss to pitch, Bounty Hunter Rare Wine & Provisions.  The wine selection, so plentiful it’s almost daunting.  Don’t even think about stressing within their walls, as the staff is not just patient and fun, but enviably astute with wine’s mysteries and knowns.  The cuisine, inviting a wine mate, and the hosts, hostesses, leap at the prospect of pairing suggestions, in addition to some oeno-culinary harmonies already stamped on the menu.  The atmosphere, emphatic and withheld, historic and modern.  Truly eclectic, not to mention artistically animated, with all efforts.  One often-preferred wine, the 2007 Ridge Runner Napa Valley Cab, paired with the pulled pork sandwich.  Supernal, paradisiacal.  This spot demands return, the regular.

    Another, Carpe Diem Wine Bar.  Owner Steve Distler has made sure this flavorful fort forwards in balance, variety, tranquility.  A true wine location, with one of the most distinguished and focused wine selections, dishes for union, that you find in Napa’s center.  Around your table, you’re enveloped by eased elements, no frenzy, which is precisely what Mr. Distler intended when the doors were opened not that long ago.  Some of the favorites of those interviewed: the 2008 La Follette Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir and the 2009 Brown Napa Zinfandel.  Dishes, you’d be “delusional” to not order a flatbread, one tourist from Iowa told me.  The flavor profile of these scrumptious separatist pizzas co-mingle with almost any wine on Steve’s menu, especially the aforementioned bottles.  And, more than likely, Distler will pour you something he likes.

    A Bistro con Sabor.  Bistro Sabor–catty-corner to Zins Valley Restaurant and Ristorante Allegria, two other wine beaconing eateries on 1st Street–offers not just whirling wines by Ceja Vineyards, but dauntingly delectable Latin cuisine.  Owner Ariel Ceja welcomes locals, tourists, even wine blogging Mutineers, to pass through the doors, place an order.  Every one of Ceja’s wines push with pristine palate presence.  Especially the Syrah, when paired with skirt steak tacos.  Family-lamented surroundings, smattered with positive energy, music motifs, genuinely pleasant homeliness.  Be sure to check out the night where salsa dancing controls the floor.  “Wine paired with music, salsa especially,” one local exclaimed, “How is that not awesome?”

    Zins Valley Restaurant

    There are more than a cluster of other corners that didn’t fit into this piece.  But all the more reason to just go visit, explore.  You don’t have to have an elevated wine, or cuisine, barometer about your person.  Just walked around, and stop to taste.  Especially the spots above cited.  And don’t forget to bring your camera.  You’ll want to hold on to such scenes.  Sip, sip …

    1 comment 06.15.2011 |

    Mark Cuban Celebrates Big with Ace of Spades Champagne for NBA Championship Win


    Ace of Spades Champagne

    Some people just know how to party, as seen in this crazy bar tab (reportedly belonging to LeBron James) from Vegas a few weeks ago, but Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban isn’t gonna get showed up by LeBron on the court or at the bar. To celebrate his team winning the NBA Finals, Cuban spent $90,000 on a very large bottle of Ace of Spades Champagne. How big is it? It’s 30 liters big and known as a Melchizedek, which is the equivelent to 40 normal sized bottles of Champagne. On top of the huge price tag, he left a $20,000 tip. No big deal, right? Probably not when you’re ranked 459th on the “World’s Richest People” list, according to Forbes.

    Ace of Spades Champagne

    How the monster bottle of bubbly was delivered.

    Dirk Nowitzki Celebrates Winning NBA Finals

    Dirk drinking from the massive bottle.

    2 comments 06.14.2011 |

    The Cocktail Spirit With Robert Hess: The Americano Cocktail


    This week’s installment of The Cocktail Spirit with Robert Hess brought to you by the Small Screen Network brings you the Americano Cocktail. According to Robert Hess, “a beautifully simple and refreshing drink, the Americano was popularized by American tourists in Italy in the 1960s. Try one with your antipasto!”


    • 1 oz Campari
    • 1 oz sweet vermouth
    • soda


    • stir Campari and sweet vermouth with ice
    • top with soda

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    It’s a Tequila Party!


    The Tequila Party

    The Tequila Partyyour shot for change.

    Whoa. That has a nice ring to it.

    Wait, another political movement named after a beverage? Yup! But this time they’ve gone a little harder than tea and have chosen Tequila .. and they even have Don Abraham Tequila as a sponsor. Where you at, Lipton?

    According to their website, The National Tequila Party Movement is a national tour of concerts, events, dinners and rallies that will encourage a massive Latino Get Out The Vote. This movement is a non-partisan movement. We don’t care how people vote, we just want them to get on the early ballot system, become consistent primary and general election voters.


    1 comment 06.10.2011 |

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