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Napa, California Open For Business

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While the recent 6.1 magnitude earthquake that rattled Napa brought the sleepy wine country city to a halt, city and county officials are stressing that the city and county of Napa is open for business and can accommodate tourists and visitors as usual.

According to Visit Napa Valley, the official tourism marketing organization for The Napa Valley, “95% of Napa Valley wineries are open and Harvest 2014 is underway. 98% of lodging properties and 95% of restaurants are open, and those that are not open are located in the town of Napa. Of the 143 lodging properties in Napa Valley, only four remain unavailable.”

People unsure about visiting Napa, or who already have reservations but aren’t sure if their plans will be affected, should check this list provided by Visit Napa Valley that includes many restaurants, wineries, hotels, and otherwise. If you don’t see a certain business, please call the business directly.

We look forward to seeing you in Napa.



National Travel and Tourism Week and the Importance of Beverage Tourism

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National Travel & Tourism Week

As you [probably don’t] know, May 3-11 is National Travel and Tourism Week. The celebration first came to light by a Congressional joint resolution passed in 1983, and the first official National Travel and Tourism Week was celebrated in 1984.

Traveling is incredible. There’s nothing better than traveling to another city, another state, or even another country, and immersing yourself in all the place you’re visiting has to offer. Similarly, tourists are incredible to the local economies that they directly (and indirectly) impact while they’re traveling. One reason tourism is important is because it directly and indirectly creates jobs. According to the World Travel & Tourism Council, in 2011 tourism was responsible for creating 98 million jobs worldwide and by 2022, it is expected to directly generate 120 million jobs. In the US alone, U.S. Travel reports that 14.9 million jobs are created by tourism and $209.5 billion in payroll for those employed directly in U.S. travel.

Another impact, obviously, is the money tourists bring to where they are visiting. What kind of money are we talking about?

Per U.S. Travel:

  • Generated $2.1 trillion in economic output, with $887.9 billion spent directly by domestic and international travelers that spurred an additional $1.2 trillion in other industries.
  • Directly generated $134 billion in tax revenue for local, state and federal governments.
  • Each U.S. household would pay $1,093 more in taxes without the tax revenue generated by the travel and tourism industry.
  • Direct spending by resident and international travelers in the U.S. averaged $2.4 billion a day, $101.4 million an hour, $1.7 million a minute and $28,154 a second.

So, why is Mutineer interested in this? Because with the boom in craft beverage over the last several years, beverage tourism has exploded and has played a vital component to the local economies of cities, regions, states, and countries around the world. Whether we’re talking about Scotch in Scotland, Bourbon in Kentucky, or craft beer and cider in Sonoma County, CA, the impact is huge. Let’s take a look at some of those places where beverage tourism has exploded.
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Napa’s Kitchen Door to Host Saké Dinner March 10

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Kitchen Door saké dinner

Napa’s Kitchen Door isn’t doing a craft beer dinner this month, but a saké dinner instead. Leading the saké dinner will be famed Kikisake-Shi (a Master Sommelier for saké) Stuart Morris.

Kitchen Door, honored as a Michelin Guide Recommended Restaurant as well as one of Bon Appetit’s 7 Best Restaurants in Napa Valley, will be pairing four delicious courses with four incredible sakés, selected by Morris.

The dinner will take place Monday March 10 from 6pm to 8pm.

Tickets are very limited for this dinner and are $75 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



Premiere Napa Valley Breaks Previous Record, Raises $6 Million

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Each year, the Napa Valley Vintners–the nonprofit trade association responsible for promoting and protecting the Napa Valley appellation–hold two major events; Auction Napa Valley and Premiere Napa Valley. Auction Napa Valley is geared towards consumers who bid on incredible auction lots like trips around the world, private concerts from Grammy award winning artists, and more. All the money raised from this, in which an excess of $110 million has been raised since 1981, goes to local health, youth and affordable housing non-profit programs.

On the other hand, there is Premiere Napa Valley. This event is for the trade to include restaurant owners, wine buyers, beverage directors, and wine shops and these attendees are looking to buy auction lots of extremely limited Premiere Napa Valley wine that will be unique to their establishment. The money raised from this auction supports the Napa Valley Vintners and the work they do promoting and protecting Napa Valley throughout the year.

Premiere Napa Valley was this past Saturday and it was one for the record books. This year’s event was attended by 600 top trade and media guests who traveled from eight countries and 28 states. The previous record of $3.1 million dollars in 2012 was nearly doubled as the auction brought in $5.9 million with 225 auction lots ranging from 60 bottles to 240 bottles each. 90% of the lots were from the 2012 harvest and overall each bottle of wine averaged a wholesale cost of $283. These 225 auction lots went to 73 successful bidders. See the full post »



Hospitality Happy Hour with Laura Arbios of Bardessono

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Wine country concierges step out of the shadows and into the spotlight with Drink Careers 101 in a new Hospitality Happy Hour series on YouTube. The first round of interviews and videos will be hosted at the private hospitality center at Trinchero Napa Valley, in partnership with the Concierge Alliance of Napa Valley and Sonoma (CANVAS). Series host and fellow concierge, Harris Oranges, will explore with his guests the behind-the-scenes details of how the best hospitality recommendations get made. The seven-episode Hospitality Happy Hour video series will feature interviews with some of the region’s most well connected and influential recommenders.

This week Harris met with Laura Arbios, Concierge at Bardessono.



Hospitality Happy Hour with Lisa Davis of Harvest Inn

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Wine country concierges step out of the shadows and into the spotlight with Drink Careers 101 in a new Hospitality Happy Hour series on YouTube. The first round of interviews and videos will be hosted at the private hospitality center at Trinchero Napa Valley, in partnership with the Concierge Alliance of Napa Valley and Sonoma (CANVAS). Series host and fellow concierge, Harris Oranges, will explore with his guests the behind-the-scenes details of how the best hospitality recommendations get made. The seven-episode Hospitality Happy Hour video series will feature interviews with some of the region’s most well connected and influential recommenders.

This week Harris Oranges met with Lisa Davis of Napa Valley’s Harvest Inn.



Napa’s Kitchen Door to Host Oktoberfest Lunch Sept 28

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Kitchen Door Oktoberfest

Napa’s Kitchen Door is doing their monthly craft beer dinner a little different this month, in that they’re doing a lunch in celebration of Oktoberfest. Kitchen Door, 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 German inspired courses with six incredible German and Germany-style beers from Weheinstephaner, Magnolia Brewing, Paulaner, Hacker-Pschorr, and Sudwerk Brewing.

There will also be a sausage making demo by Taylor Boetticher of Fatted Calf.

As always, Mutineer will be on hand for the festivities and attendees will walk away with their very of beer stein.

Tickets are very limited for this fun lunch and are $75 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



The Happening: Auction Napa Valley

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Each year the denizens of Napa come together for a common purpose, to raise money for healthcare and youth education nonprofits in Napa County at the Auction Napa Valley. The 33-year-old event is put on by the Napa Valley Vintners Association and is the event of the year. Top wineries create special wines for the Barrel Auction, and star chefs bring out their signature dishes for auction goers to sample. This year, it was hosted by Raymond Vineyards and boasted lots from Continuum Estate, Far Niente, and Trinchero Napa Valley. See the full post »



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