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Drink American on 4th of July


The 4th of July is here once again, and once again we celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence and our independence as a nation. On the 4th, people revel with fireworks, parades, parties, BBQs, and, of course, beverages.

But what will you be drinking on this 4th? Have you put any thought into it? Naturally, we would recommend to drink something American made and owned by an American company, as today is a day all about America. Sometimes, this isn’t as easy as you’d think. Budweiser, for example, is one of the highest selling beers by volume in the United States and when people think of America, Budweiser certainly comes to mind as it’s a brewery that first put roots down in America in 1852. Today, however, it’s owned by a Brazilian-Belgian company and headquartered in Belgium. Likewise, some of the classic and most popular made-in-Kentucky bourbons are owned by a Japanese company. Surprise!

So, this 4th, here are some beverages we recommend.


As many emigrants came to America from Europe, they brought the popularity of cider with them and it eventually rose to the point in the 18th century where it became a staple on every family’s table. New England alone in the 18th century was churning out over 300,000 gallons of cider very year.

Tilted Shed Ciderworks
Windsor, CA

Hailing from California’s Sonoma County is Tilted Shed Ciderworks which owners Scott Heath and Ellen Cavalli call a “hobby gone wild.” They started with organic farming in New Mexico and an old, gnarled, neglected apple orchard became the inspiration to try their hand at cider. With promising results, their hobby turned more serious and they eventually moved to west Sonoma County, an area famous for wine grapes that they thought would translate well to apples for cider…and it did.

We recommend their Graviva! Semidry Cider. Graviva was created to celebrate and highlight the Gravenstein apple. Lightly effervescent and golden hued with pronounced acidity and a hint of sweetness, this cider pairs best with some of its kindred brethren, Sonoma County cheeses.

Tilted Shed Graviva!

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Inaugural Craft Beverage Expo Takes Flight Next Week


Craft Beverage Expo

The Craft Beverage Expo is happening at the San Jose Convention Center May 6-8 and Mutineer could not be any more excited to be involved. In its inaugural year, the Craft Beverage Expo will bring members from around the beverage industry together for seminars led by industry luminaries like Steve Hindy of The Brooklyn Brewery, Ken Grossman of Sierra Nevada, and more, talking about subjects critical to the success of beverage companies like sales, marketing, regulatory, and business development.

There will also be an exhibition hall as well a wine, beer, and spirits happy hour.

To register for tickets, click here.

See you there!

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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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Union Wine Co., Alternative Packaging, and Canned Wine



In the past, wine only came in glass bottles and with traditional corks. Or, rather, this is the only way they were acceptable. Wines that came in jugs or boxes with spouts on the end were looked at as inferior, with no real purpose but to put quantity over quality with cheap wine inside. Eventually, new alternative forms of packaging emerged like Tetra Paks, kegged wine, pouches, metal bottles, stelvin wine closures and synthetic corks, and more. All of these are practical in the right application and many of them offer great wines. Free Flow Wines, for instance, offers some of your favorite Napa Valley wines in kegs across the country.

Many of these alternative packaging options also offer convenience, which make these wine options popular among the younger wine drinking crowd. One alternative packaging offering was so popular for one small winery that they made it a mainstay in their production lineup. Oregon’s Union Wine Company introduced a canned wine at the Portland’s Feast 2013 Food & Wine event as a promotional idea centered around the “beerificiation of wine” trend. It was such a hit that they decided to bring it to market Spring of 2014. See the full post »

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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 »

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The 2nd Annual iBev Digital & Social Media Conference for the Beverage Industry is Happening March 14, 2014



The 2nd Annual iBev Digital & Social Media Conference for the Beverage Industry presented by Bottlenotes is happening March 14 at the picturesque Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco. Attendees will have the opportunity to sit in on multiple panels that are stacked with industry leaders. Examples of panels include:

  • Historical Look on How Beverage Brands Identified and Engaged Influencers & Evolving Communications with Influencers
  • Marketing in the Moment: The Live Opportunity for Beverage Marketers on Twitter
  • Best Practices for Identifying and Engaging Influencers
  • Leading Mobile Applications Engaging Wine and Craft Beer Enthusiasts
  • Leveraging Digital and Social Media to Drive Sales (Part 1)
  • Keynote Conversation: The Role of the Digital Critic
  • Leveraging Digital and Social Media to Drive Sales (Part 2)
  • How Spirit Brands are Engaging Influencers via Digital & Social Media
  • Top 20 Tips for Driving Authentic Engagement with your Influencers via Social Media
  • Engaging and Empowering Your Influencers via Video

Mutineer Magazine is proud and excited to be a media partners of this year’s event. With promo code MUTINEER, your ticket will be discounted to $350.

To learn more about the conference and its speakers, or to purchase tickets, visit their webpage.

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The Happening: Family Winemakers of California 2014 Southern California Tasting Event


Family Winemakers of California

Registration has opened for the 2014 Southern California Tasting Event presented by Family Winemakers of California. Family Winemakers of California is an association of family-owned wineries in California established in 1991 to help shape public policy for small wine producers and has an active membership of more than 400 California wineries.

From Alameda to Yountville, over 175 California wineries will be involved with the tasting pouring over 750 wines for consumers as well as members of the trade and media.

“With California accounting for nearly 90 percent of total American wine production, our tasting event is incredibly important for both California wineries and members of the trade,” added Paul Kronenberg, president of Family Winemakers of California. “The Southern California tasting is the perfect setting for wine industry trade members to taste some of the finest California wines in one convenient location. In turn, the tasting gives small, family-owned wine producers the opportunity to have one-on-one face-time, thereby gaining valuable market exposure with their product.”

The tasting will take place Sunday March 9 at the Pasadena Convention Center throughout two sessions. The first will be only open to qualified media and trade, and the second will be open to consumers as well as media and trade. This is the first time the event has been open for consumers.

This year’s theme, “From Our Table to Yours” highlights each winery’s personal story. At the Family Winemakers Tasting, attendees have the unique opportunity to meet face-to-face not only with winery representatives, but often times the winemaker or winery owners themselves.

WHAT: Family Winemakers of California 2014 Southern California Tasting Event
WHERE: Pasadena Convention Center
WHEN: Sunday March 9
1-6 p.m. Open to qualified trade & media
3:30-6 p.m. Open to consumers, trade & media

General Admission tickets are $60 when purchased in advance online up until March 8 and $70 at the door. Admission is complimentary to qualified members of the trade and media.

Visit their website for complete information and to purchase tickets.

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Sangiovese: Italy’s quintessential red grape


The glorious Sangiovese grape, the variety behind some of Italy’s greatest wines.

A few weeks ago, the great American wine writer Eric Asimov, who writes a weekly column for the New York Times, outed himself on social media.

I’m having a love affair with the Sangiovese grape,” he wrote on his Twitter, “and I don’t care who knows about it.

What’s all the excitement about? See the full post »

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