Mutineer Magazine Launch Party Success

subheader_magcoverI’m surrounded by stickers, business cards, tattoos, pamphlets handouts and more inclusing a special artist inscribed bottle of wine from Wine Guerillas as I sift through what I collected last night both in terms of memories, tastes, flavors, people and fun.

Life changers: seeded gouda!! and Trippel beer!! and yes, there as wine there also!

More to come!!

Mutineer Magazine Launch Party tonight in Hollywood

subheader_magcover“Greetings,” began the email from Alan Kropf, editor of Mutineer who I met at the Wine Blogging Conference in October and have run into a few times at various wine tastings in the LA area.

“Mutineer Magazine has gone National, and we’re having a hell of a party at Falcon Hollywood on May 18 to celebrate. The evening will be hosted by Zane Lamprey and feature an incredible beverage tasting with wines, beers, spirits, sake, soda, and more.  Please come as our guest, we’d love to have you.  Here is a link to our current issue:

Cheers!

Alan Kropf, Editor in Chief

MUTINEER MAGAZINE
www.mutineermagazine.com

Of course, I said YES! So momentarily I will be heading to LA  for The Mutineer Magazine National Launch Party in Hollywood. Continue reading

WBW: Ridge Inspirations

Wbw-new May 13, 2009 is Wine Blogging Wednesday and this month’s  host Jeff at Good Grape prompts us to write about a California wine which inspired us, writing Thematically, this month is intended to be broad while acting as homage to Robert Mondavi, the 1-year anniversary of his passing on Saturday, May 16.

Because Mondavi was such an inspiration physically, spiritually and philosophically to so many – both in the industry and to consumers, while acting as the forefather of the modern California wine movement, I would like for WBW participants to revisit a California wine that they have enjoyed, or have a particular fond memory of, and tell a story.

Please go buy or pull from your stash, a bottle of whatever that California wine was that created a memorable chapter in your life, revisit the bottle, and share your story. Continue reading

WBW #57: share the story of an inspiring California wine

Lenn Thompson announces Wine Blogging Wednesday #57: California Inspiration here.

Wbw-new Due May 13, host Jeff at Good Grape prompts us to write about a California wine which inspired us:

Thematically, this month is intended to be broad while acting as homage to Robert Mondavi, the 1-year anniversary of his passing on Saturday, May 16.

Because Mondavi was such an inspiration physically, spiritually and philosophically to so many – both in the industry and to consumers, while acting as the forefather of the modern California wine movement, I would like for WBW participants to revisit a California wine that they have enjoyed, or have a particular fond memory of, and tell a story.

Simply, Mondavi promoted an air of inclusiveness, not exclusiveness, conducting many of his business practices around a philosophy of aiding other wineries in knowledge and practices to create a profile for California wine that would rival the world’s finest wines.

The easy route for this theme would be to taste a Mondavi wine, but I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that Mondavi would have preferred an air of openness.  No good is accomplished by a singularity of purpose that acts as an exclusionary barrier for others.

Please go buy or pull from your stash, a bottle of whatever that California wine was that created a memorable chapter in your life, revisit the bottle, and share your story.

Lynn says, “Join us on May 13 as we celebrate the life of Robert Mondavi and the wines and wine industry he helped create.”

This prompt is a no brainer for me: today I am off to find an amazing bottle of Ridge, the winery where I worked in my early 20s and which shaped my palate as surely as working for Mr Peet!

Unfortunately, there’s nothing left from that time in the cellar; I really should have bought more when I left to hike the Pacific Crest Trail, especially since I have a cellar to keep it in. I enjoyed the last bottle in 2003–a 1980 Monte Bello Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon on New Years at the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite.

And since this weekend is Mother’s Day, I have the perfect excuse to splurge!! What a great prompt! Watch for a report by next Wednesday!