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Marc Mondavi Turns Wine Into Water while Supporting charity: water for World Water Day on March 22, 2014

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With the recent water crisis in California, Marc Mondavi has been a wanted winemaker and water dowser. Marc has been water witching (or dowsing – the ability to locate water far beneath the ground using his divining rods) for over 40 years. It wasn’t until the last few weeks that his talents have really come into the limelight. His water witching has enabled him to plant amazing vineyards throughout California and help farmers across California keep their thirsty crops well hydrated.

Marc’s newest wine endeavor, The Divining Rod wines, have recently partnered with charity to continue his support of water for World Water Day. Launching this week, Marc is asking all mutineers to support the struggles many face daily to find clean and drinkable water. This campaign will be ongoing in hopes of supporting charity: water, a non-profit organization that brings clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations.

We at Mutineer have been a longtime supporter of all things water related, with our founder’s past trip with Splash (formerly A Child’s Right) to Nepal and our campaign for clean water crusaders, this is a natural and exciting new program we are thrilled to promote.

Donate today and help spread the word of clean water.

The Divining Rod makes two wines, an Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and a Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay. To purchase wines, click here.

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A Child’s Right: ProvingIt.org

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The ProvingIt.org page for Koteshor School in Kathmandu, Nepal, which was one of five Mutineer sites in Kathmandu and installed with the support of Jordan Vineyard & Winery.

You may have noticed a theme on the Mutineer blog this week. Yup, water relief, and the hit parade continues as we take a look at ProvingIt.org by A Child’s Right (ACR), which tracks every ACR site on the planet in real-time.

For donors, it’s an opportunity to follow their donation from installation through the 10+ year lifespan of the system at the site, putting the emphasis on not only the system installation, but the long-term follow through and support. A plethora of reports are available, from information about the system to updates on any maintenance, water quality tests, hygiene education and more.

For ACR staff, it’s an opportunity to provide complete transparency around their work as well as harness the power of the internet and mobile phones to create an efficient and effective platform for collecting and communicating data from sites around the world with instant results.

Another intriguing aspect of ProvingIt.org is that it tracks the number of children with access to clean water at THIS MOMENT. If a system ceases to exist, the number goes down. If a system is added, the number goes up. It’s truly a living number and a reflection of ACR’s true impact at any given point in time. Taking it step further, ACR distinguishes between children and adult staff served in order to have more accurate data on the demographic that defines ACR: kids.

If you are just being introduced to the incredible work done by ACR, take a few moments to poke around the ProvingIt.org page and you’ll likely be amazed by the diverse and ambitious scope of the work they are currently involved with.

Here are the links to the ProvingIt.org pages for the the five Mutineer sites in Kathmandu:

Padmaday Higher Secondary School

Tiling Tar School

Koteshor School

Ganesh Higher Secondary School

Shaheed Shukral

THANK YOU Mutineer Clean Water Crusaders & Other Water Relief Supporters

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Mutineer Alan Kropf in Nepal - Clean Water Crusader

A brilliantly colorful swarm of enthusiastic students at Padmodaya School in Kathmandu, Nepal, which is enjoying clean drinking and hand washing water through the efforts of Mutineer Magazine and A Child’s Right. Forget water, this has all the makings of a kool-aid party of the highest order.

I first became interested in the topic of water relief in late 2009 and was introduced to Eric Stowe, Executive Director of A Child’s Right. After spending years chasing the dragon that is fine beverage culture, it had never dawned on me that water relief was such an important part of the story we were trying to tell. Access to water is fine beverage in its most basic form and the foundation of every living thing on this planet; it blows my mind every time I try and fully grasp the concept.

After feeling this overwhelming connection, Mutineer made the commitment to work with A Child’s Right to educate others about water relief, which began with a feature story in the May 2009 issue, followed by our 2nd Annual Red Carpet Tasting. Mutineer readers respond- ed with interest, so we created a water relief column with Eric Stowe and we began fundraising by developing a beer with New Holland Brewing Co. to premiere at the Great American Beer Festival and benefit A Child’s Right.

Our interest in water relief evolved into a passion for water relief, and with the support of the beverage industry we set out to raise funds to install five water filtration systems for children in urban areas in Kathmandu, Nepal.

The Clean Water Crusader campaign was launched, and throughout the glorious new issue of Mutineer Magazine we recognize those who stepped up and rallied around this thirsty cause with Clean Water Crusader “tags” throughout the issue. One individual in particular, John Jordan of Jordan Vineyard & Winery, stepped up to support us in spectacular fashion, setting the stage for the Mutineer Comedy Festival and Blue Carpet Dinner, and as such the Jordan Clean Water Crusader tag is leading the charge.

We are happy to report that all five systems have been installed, and would like to recognize the many companies, organizations and individuals that have supported and continue to support Mutineer Magazine’s water relief efforts. Clean water crusader tags will be Twittered and Facebooked over the next few days, be on the lookout and pass it along!

Mutineer Clean Water Crusaders:
Jordan Vineyard & Winery
St. Supery Vineyards & Winery
No.3 London Dry Gin
The King’s Ginger
Don Roberto Tequila
Jacuzzi Family Vineyards
Rosa d’Oro Vineyards
Charles Smith Wines
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Bonny Doon Vineyard
Frog’s Leap Winery
Bard’s Tale Beer Co.
Hornsby’s Hard Cider
Falling Rock Taphouse
New Holland Brewing Co.
Cellar Angels
King Estate
Wente Vineyards
Flasq Wines
New York International Spirits Competition
Pink Out
Celebrity Wine Review TV
Wine Biz Radio
Naked Winery
Six Sigma Ranch
Hip Tastes Events
Lagunitas Brewing Co.

THANK YOU to everyone that partied with us at the Mutineer Blue Carpet Carpet Dinner for Water Relief at Jordan Vineyard & Winery.
THANK YOU to everyone that laughed with us at the Mutineer Magazine Holiday Comedy Festival for Water Relief at Jacuzzi Family Vineyards.
THANK YOU to John Jordan for Bruce Wayne-ing the hell out of this project
THANK YOU to the entire Jordan Vineyard & Winery staff, you are all so ridiculously talented it’s scary: Lisa, Laura, Nitsa, Todd, Pete and the rest of the crew.
THANK YOU to the comedians who performed at the festival: Ben Morrison,
THANK YOU to Ben Morrison for helping us dream up the festival over too much tequila.
THANK YOU to the Official Bloggers of the festival for helping us get the word out: Brookston Beer Bulletin, Swirl Smell Slurp, Vinopanion, Vintuba, WineBlog.org, W. R. Tish, Suburban Wino
THANK YOU Fred and Nancy Cline for opening up your estate and throwing one mean after-party.
THANK YOU Chris Merino for being such an awesome collaborator.
THANK YOU Mike Freidrich for your relentless support and enthusiasm.
THANK YOU Henry Preiss for sending us the good stuff for our rare spirits charity auction.
THANK YOU Rebekah Polster for being awesome.
THANK YOU to the Hall Family at Longmeadow Ranch for housing the Mutineer Team during the fundraiser events.
THANK YOU to the food trucks that fed the hungry attendees at the comedy festival.
THANK YOU Anderson Group Public Relations for not being afraid of getting your hands dirty helping out with our water projects.
THANK YOU Laugh Factory Hollywood for hosting our charity show.
THANK YOU Wolf for sidekick support and the glowing M in the sky.
THANK YOU CellarPass for steadfast support though all of our water relief endeavors.
THANK YOU Charles Smith for making the trip down to party with us in the name of water relief.
THANK YOU Matt Hughes for attending like a stud.
THANK YOU Amarula Cream for being the presenting sponsor at last year’s Red Carpet Party, which in a lot of ways is where this journey began.
THANK YOU Zane Lamprey for bringing exposure and beautiful women to our fundraisers.
THANK YOU Barrie Lynn & the Cheesettes for the awesome pairings.
THANK YOU Dogfish Head, Firestone Walker and Brewer’s Association for buying some fundraiser tickets so some lucky, cash-strapped Mutineer readers could attend.
THANK YOU to all of our event volunteers, of which there are far too many to name, for helping bring our fundraiser projects to life.
THANK YOU Martin Cody for creating an entirely new way to raise money for water relief.
THANK YOU New Holland Brewing Co., Brian Kropf and Ashley Routson for creating such an awesome beer to benefit the cause.
THANK YOU Courtney Cochran for your visions of blue carpet.
THANK YOU JJ Bagley for your hard work.
THANK YOU Ashley Nicole Teplin for bringing your ninja skills.
THANK YOU Hunter Lea for adding a soundtrack to our water relief awareness building.
THANK YOU Classic Party Rentals Napa and ATL Lighting for making us look good.
THANK YOU Dry Soda & BLK Water for keeping our event guests hydrated.
THANK YOU David King & Rusti Porter for setting the stage for a grand finale to this project.
THANK YOU Sasha Kadey for inspiring me through action.
THANK YOU Lesley Russel & Emma Swain for joining the cause.
THANK YOU Julie Dalrymple for having us.
THANK YOU Rachael Poer for helping us bring the grand finale.
THANK YOU Red Bulls Girls that drove the Red Bull Car to our Hollywood fundraiser. You made Jeff’s year.

THANK YOU to everyone at A Child’s Right. Keep fighting the good fight: Bill Brockhaus, Peter Drury, Michael Harris, Stephen Jones, Amelia Lyons, Wei Baojun, Kith Rathamony, Million Biyaylign, Norea Hoeft, Boone Sommerfeld, Leslie Hardy, Rebecca Field, Vijay Talwar, Ryan Gledhill and Karen Nilson. Special thanks to Prakash Sharma for being in the Nepal know, Aaron Walling for representing, and Eric Stowe for not only opening up my eyes to the world of water relief, but giving Mutineer and myself the opportunity to help.

BIG THANK YOU to the entire Mutineer Team for staying the course and being ambitious about helping others. You all impress the hell out of me: Jeff Dorenbush, Brian Kropf, Julie Hadjinian, Chris D’amico, Ian Andreae, Phil Jimcosky, with extra thanks to Erin Jimcosky for being an outstanding field general leading the Mutineer troops through the holiday comedy fundraiser projects.

Become a Clean Water Crusader


Clean Water Crusaders

Mutineer Magazine’s Mutinous Water Relief Expedition to Kathmandu, Nepal in support of A Child’s Right and global water relief is approaching fast and Mutineer couldn’t be any more excited. What will Mutineer Magazine be doing? Mutineer will be leading a fine beverage expedition and purchasing and installing 5 water filtration systems, enough to provide clean water to 25,000 at-risk children for 10 years. Pretty epic.

The first two stages of our plan have been implemented by way of the Mutineer Magazine Blue Carpet Fundraiser Dinner for Water Relief held at Jordan Winery in Healdsburg, CA and with the Mutineer Magazine Holiday Comedy Festival held at Jacuzzi Family Vineyards in Sonoma, CA this last December. This brings us to something we’re super excited about, Clean Water Crusaders.

Are you a beverage producer looking for some exposure? Are you looking to further your philanthropic efforts? What if you could get your product featured in Mutineer Magazine and all while making a tax deductible charitable contribution directly to 501(c)(3) A Child’s Right? This is your chance. Beverage producers who raise or donate $500 will have their product professionally photographed and featured in Mutineer Magazine as seen in the image above. For the three producers who raise or donate the most, their product will be featured on the cover of the nationally distributed Mutineer Magazine for the entire nation to see.

Here’s how it works:

  • Your company raises at least $500 by August 27, 2011 to benefit water relief in Nepal, with all funds paid directly to 501(c)(3) non-profit organization A Child’s Right.
  • Your fine beverage company sends Mutineer Magazine your logo or a bottle of your beverage to be photographed.
  • A photograph of your company’s product or logo will be featured in the November/December water relief-themed issue of Mutineer Magazine with an interesting water-themed fact that will also be tweeted by @MutineerMag on behalf of your company.

And again, the top three fundraisers will be featured on the cover of the September/October issue of Mutineer Magazine.

For more information, visit our Clean Water Crusaders page or email Jeff Dorenbush.

Are you a consumer and you know of a beverage company that would be perfect for this? Let them know!

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Mutineer Says Thanks


Official Blogger Badge As most of our followers know, Mutineer Magazine just wrapped up an incredible comedy filled weekend in Napa and Sonoma and all for an equally incredible cause, Mutineer Magazine’s charity partner A Child’s Right. Our events were promoted through multiple print and online mediums, as well as other traditional and non-traditional approaches, social media, grassroots campaigns, and the help of our Official Bloggers.

With things finally calming down for us, Mutineer wanted to this opportunity to recognize the Official Bloggers of The Mutineer Magazine Holiday Comedy Festival. See the full post »

Mark’s the Spot Food Truck at the Mutineer Magazine Holiday Comedy Festival


Mark's The Spot Food Truck

You’ve already heard of the popular Napa food truck Dim Sum Charlie’s bringing their amazing treats to the Mutineer Magazine Comedy Festival, now its time to introduce you to Mark’s the Spot. Owned by Mark and Alicia Raymond, Mark’s the Spot hasn’t been rolling for very long, but they’ve already gained quite a following.

Mark, a chef and New Zealander ex-pat, serves dishes like grass fed beef hot dogs, sliders of bacon, basil and brie and the most incredible sticky sweet French toast known to man. What I’m really waiting for though is the duck confit wings with sweet and spicy plum sauce. I imagine they will go well with some of the brews from Firestone Walker we’ll be serving up at the tasting before the show.

There is going to be some amazing food and beverage at the Mutineer Holiday Comedy Festival. The trucks will start serving at 7:00pm so be sure to come hungry!

What Are the Mutineers Up To?


Things have been insane in the world of Mutineer Magazine and we couldn’t be more excited! We have some very, very big things coming up that need as much attention as possible and we want to share them with you!

The Mutineer Magazine Holiday Comedy FestivalThe Mutineer Magazine Comedy Festival
Don Roberto Tequila presents the The Mutineer Magazine Holiday Comedy Festival at Jacuzzi Family Vineyards. This December 11, join Mutineer Magazine and top Los Angeles stand-up comedians for an evening of spectacular holiday-fueled comedy and delicious fine beverages in support of global water relief through A Child’s Right.

  • When: Saturday December 11, 2010 7:00 PM-11:30 PM
  • Where: Jacuzzi Family Vineyards – Sonoma, CA
  • Tickets are $35 per person
  • Visit our event page for more information.

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    Rare, One-of-a-Kind 64 Year Old Macallan Raises $460,000 for Water Relief


    The Macallan 64 Year Old in Lalique: Cire Perdue

    Mutineer turned beer into water with New Holland Brewing with our collaboration beer Mutinous Battle Chai to help fund A Child’s Right’s water projects in developing countries. Now The Macallan and Lalique have turned whisky into water by way of The Macallan 64 Years Old in Lalique: Cire Perdue. The 64 year old single malt Scotch is the oldest and rarest single malt whisky ever released by the distillery and is housed in a decanter expertly crafted using the ancient “cire perdue,” or lost wax, process that Lalique has not implemented since 1930. How much did it go for you ask? It was expected to bring in $100,000 and it went at auction for an earth shattering $460,000, all of which will help fund charity:water and their water relief projects in developing countries. See the full post »

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