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March 19, 2009 | Dave Potter

Watch Out!

promo013 We received a nice nod from Hip Tastes author Courtney Cochran, in which she called us a 'Winery to Watch'.  In Courtney's words:
Each year I attend countless wine tasting events where I am inevitably plied with the wines of hundreds if not thousands of producers from our own backyard and the far corners of the globe.  Along the way, I sip, swirl and spit the likes of sparkling wines from Brazil, sweet wines from Sonoma, soulful reds from Lake County and intriguing, sea-scented whites from Galicia.  I also shake hands, take notes, snap pictures and invariably return home with piles upon piles of notes enthusing about the nuances of new wines and their various vintners. What follows is a list of some of the more memorable wines I've sampled lately. Municipal Winemakers - Santa Barbara, CA Dave Potter, assistant winemaker at Fess Parker Winery, has proven to be quite the tour de force when it comes to producing under his own label, Municipal Winemakers . Backed by eye-catching design (his cool label look-and-feel changes with each vintage), a smart web site brimming with tongue-in-cheek promotions and a dedicated Facebook following, his fruity, food-friendly wines such as the 2008 Bright White Dry Riesling ($17) are well positioned to take adventurous drinkers by palate-pleasing surprise.
Read the whole article here...
Time Posted: Mar 19, 2009 at 3:13 PM
Dave Potter
March 14, 2009 | Dave Potter

New Product Development

labcoatWe Muni Winemakers have been working hard for *you* lately.  We have a whole heap of new wines just bottled up - four wines, to be precise - and they are all something to be very proud of. The radical typography-driven new labels were designed by Print Liberation in Philly.  You can buy their DIY screen printing book in our Bottle Shop now.  We have been trying hard to keep a lid on these and not tell you about them until they finish their 'Bottle Shock' phase, but they are tasting good and are ready for action.   Hopefully you can make it to the party on April 4th to get the lowdown on the wines and taste them paired up with some food.  If not, click on the pics below for more info or to start ordering away... 08 Bright White 08 Sweetie       08 Pale Pink07 Dark Red
Time Posted: Mar 14, 2009 at 3:12 PM
Dave Potter
March 9, 2009 | Dave Potter

Out the Door, Heaven's Dog

fd-whats21_heave_0499639672 Next time you are in San Francisco, and in the mood for some delicious Chinese food... check out the newly-opened sister restaurant of San Francisco's iconic Vietnamese restaurant Slanted Door - it's called Heaven's Dog.   From "H-Dog's an upscale Chinese finger foodery, with a moddishly couched lounge and slick cypress bar separated by a woven wall of maple and steel, plus a glassed-off private dining room and an all-day noodle shop. Grub on bunned pork belly & scallions or beef/watercress/chili Szechuan wontons," then wash it down with some 2008 Bright White Riesling. Otherwise, you can head to Out the Door, which is the cheaper, more accessible sibling of  the Slanted Door.  It offers equally tasty food, including famed dishes like the chicken claypot in caramel sauce, and cellophane noodles with Dungeness crab, at gentler prices.  Gulp that gear down with some '08 Bright White while you are there, yum!
Time Posted: Mar 9, 2009 at 3:10 PM
Dave Potter
February 14, 2009 | Dave Potter

Spring Shipment

spring Attention Club Awesome members - your shipment is about a month away.  We are putting 2007 Dark Red in the bottle on Tuesday (2/17) and will ship it in the middle of March, along with a bottle of the '07 Pale Pink which is tasting great right now.  If you are not a member and you are totally missing out, don't worry... you can sign up here   March is a month of sunny days that can still carry a little winter chill, so drink the rose on a warm sunny afternoon, and the Dark Red after you put on your sweater.   More about Dark Red to come...
Time Posted: Feb 14, 2009 at 3:10 PM
Dave Potter
February 8, 2009 | Dave Potter

Tron Guy, Wine Reviewer

This is our first celebrity endorsement!  Everybody knows that Tron Guy is Awesome, but I wonder what he would have to say about Muni Wines.  Oh, you do too??  Check out his review below. From: jay*** Subject: Re: Wine Review Date: February 3, 2009 9:06:25 AM PST To:
On Thu, Jan 8, 2009 at 2:10 PM, Dave Potter // Municipal Winemakers <> wrote:
Dont worry about the wine knowledge, I am asking all my friends to write reviews, who don't necessarily know anything about wine.
Here you go... I'm not a wine snob (or an oenophile, either, if you think there's a difference). I drink wine because it makes food taste better; beyond that, I don't know much of anything about it. Speaking to me of notes of cassis and kerosene (!), or round tannins, gets the same reaction that I would get from the average person if I spoke about the intricacies of multiprocessor emulation integrity on an SMP host computer. Given that background, I was more than a little surprised to be asked to review Municipal Winemakers' 2007 Bright Red and Bright White wines. I'm known for lots of things, true, but wine reviews aren't any of them. Still, if someone's going to offer me a couple of bottles of wine in return for writing about what I think of them, I'm not going to say no. The short version is that my taste buds tell me the kind of people who turn up their noses at wines that don't have four-figure price tags or really obscure names from the south of France will turn up their noses at these two...and will miss out on some really good wine. I was mildly surprised at the screw tops. (Wine snobs will stop reading here, and say "ewww!".) I looked past that, since I'm no wine snob, and my attention was drawn to the back label on the bottle. That's one of the most informative labels I've ever read on anything, wine or otherwise. The source of the grapes, the processing into wine, and its analysis and bottling are all described in what I assume are as complete detail as will fit on the label. I skipped the tasting notes (more of those round tannins), but the list of food matches was a very pleasant surprise. Remember, to me wine is something that makes food taste better, and here is someone who actually wants to help me make those choices! I wish more folks would do that. My roommate and I tried the Bright White first. The "food matches" section on the label suggested spicy foods, so we first paired it with a chicken breast stuffed with jalapeno and cheese. The wine didn't take over the meal, but it was definitely a fine compliment to the spice, and didn't fade into the background. The other meal for it was a cold chef's salad, and there the wine was definitely the star of the show. It was interesting but didn't go wildly overboard. The Bright Red's label suggested gamey meats, smoky barbecue, blackened cajun chicken, and thin crust pizza. We tried it first with steak sprinkled with mesquite butter seasoning, and it worked pretty well, but it was much more successful with a couple of thin crust pizzas. I'd love to try it with smokey barbecue some time, but that's pretty scarce in rural southern Minnesota where I live. Both times, though, it went along with the rest of the meal very nicely, not drawing undue attention to itself, just being part of the whole thing. One bit both of us noticed: These wines have a total absence of the harsh alcohol note that just about every other wine I've ever had has carried with it, especially if too much is swallowed at one time. I tried pushing that boundary intentionally, and the wine was still well-behaved. My roommate's comment is that they're dangerous: you don't notice the alcohol at all. The Municipal Winemakers web site says that their goal is to be the first empty bottle on the table. I think they've achieved it - except, possibly, at a party of wine snobs. The rest of us will just enjoy and feel a little sorry that they're missing out on something good. -- Jay Maynard, K5ZC (Yes, that's me!)
Time Posted: Feb 8, 2009 at 3:09 PM
Dave Potter
January 23, 2009 | Dave Potter

Recession Buster

jump We had a nice little write-up from Courtney Cochran the author of the Hip Tastes book on Bright Red.  It was in an article called "Recession Edition: Wines to Brood Over" and the review went a little something like this:
Municipal Winemakers Santa Barbara County "Bright Red" ($20) Young winemaker Dave Potter's debut effort blends Grenache, Syrah and Cinsaut in a peppy, pizza-ready red that recalls the cheerful fruit- and spice-driven reds from France's Rhône Valley.  Watch for a pleasant hodge-podge of aromas and flavors including high-toned red and black berry fruits, rose petals, deli meat and smoke before a lip-smacking finish.  It's a combination that'll put a smile on your face and some pep in your step, no matter the number of the Nasdaq.  Cheers to that.
Check out the whole article here.
Time Posted: Jan 23, 2009 at 3:08 PM
Dave Potter
January 18, 2009 | Dave Potter

We're In

header-wine We are now an official, real winery... as recognized by the Santa Barbara County Vintners Association.  This means we will be pouring at Vintners Festival in April, and Harvest Festival in October.  We'll be on the website and as soon as we line up a place to make our wines available for tasting, we'll be on the map.
Time Posted: Jan 18, 2009 at 2:55 PM
Dave Potter
January 12, 2009 | Dave Potter

T Shirts

img_1802 I spent the weekend learning how to screen print Tshirts.  There are a couple for sale now.  Handmade.  Very nice.  Link to come soon. t-shirts2
Time Posted: Jan 12, 2009 at 2:51 PM
Dave Potter
January 10, 2009 | Dave Potter

Wine is a great, great thing

tierra alta Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purley sensory thing which may be purchased.  One can learn about wines and pursue the education of one's palate with great enjoyment all of a lifetime, the palate becoming more educated and capable of appreciation and you having constantly increasing enjoyment and appreciation of wine even though the kidneys may weaken and the big toe become painful, the finger joints stiffen, until finally, just when you love it the most you are finally forbidden wine entirely. -Ernest Hemingway (from Death in the Afternoon)
Time Posted: Jan 10, 2009 at 2:48 PM
Dave Potter
January 4, 2009 | Dave Potter

Muni - Trendspotted

josh spear We got a shout-out from the cool hunting folks over at Josh Spear today.  About emerged in 2004 from the back of a Journalism 1001 class. Josh was disappointed with the way major academics ignored the blog-phenomena as a credible form of media. This blog began as a place to catalog those things he saw from a wide range of sectors both online as he surfed the web and offline as he traveled around the globe; he began writing daily about things he liked, reviewing products, ideas, people or places that inspired him. Today, the blog is a daily source of inspiration for marketers, brand managers, advertising executives, and a wide range of everyday people from around the world who love to stay ahead of the curve.
Check out the post here...
Time Posted: Jan 4, 2009 at 2:47 PM