Negociants Fine Wine Tour 2019

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Each year our New Zealand distributor, Negociants New Zealand hosts it's Negociants Fine Wine Tour. This year the event spanned three cities (Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland) between July 22-24. At each location a tasting experienced solely for wine trade and media preceded a tasting open to the general public. Here are a few pics from the event. 

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Mt. Beautiful New Zealand's General Manager Simon Jones (left) and Winery Manager Jarred Whinham

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2019 International Pinot Noir Celebration

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This year Mt. Beautiful was invited back to the annual International Pinot Noir Celebration (IPNC) hosted on the Linfield College Campus in McMinnville Oregon.

It had been roughly five years since they were last selected as a featured winery at this well regarded event entirely focused on Pinot Noir. Each year IPNC's organizers carefully select and invite a diverse representation of Pinot Noir producers from around the globe, amounting to over fifty wineries. 

The daily itinerary for the event is impressive; peppered with activities ranging from on-campus seminars, off-site vineyard tours, a Grand Dinner, alfresco tastings, a heavily attended "Salmon Bake," a Champagne Brunch and a large Pinot Noir tasting on the closing day of the event that is open to those who did not sign up for the entire weekend event.  

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Mt. Beautiful's CEO Robert Watkins discussing the terroir of North Canterbury in a seminar  on AVAs, hosted at Belle Pente Winery.

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Of the wine media circulating the event was Dr. Jamie Goode of Wine Anorak.

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Mt. Beautiful's CEO Robert Watkins (left) and Rick Moshin of Moshin Vineyards.

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Mt. Beautiful's Suzanna Mannion (left) and wine / travel writer L.M. Archer at the Grand Dinner Friday evening. 

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The Russian River's Moshin Vineyards were neighbors at the tastings. Pictured here is Rick (at left) and Richard 

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Saturday evening's Salmon Bake lured over 1500 wine loving guests. 

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Countless beautifully crafted and heartfelt meals were prepareed throughout the event. 

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Left to Right: Winemaker Thomas Houseman of Anne Amie Vineyards and Mt. Beautiful's Suzanna Mannion 

2019 Counter Culture @ Anne Amie Vineyards

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Mt. Beautiful attended the 2019 International Pinot Noir Celebration in McMinnville Oregon, and had the opportunity to be one of the 15 wineries present at neighboring annual "IPNC" kick-off party - "Counter Culture" hosted by Anne Amie Vineyards. Fifteen international wineries, fifteen delectable food vendors, highly scenic views and a DJ all night. Here are some photos from this fabulously fun event.  

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Mt. Beautiful's CEO Robert Watkins

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Fifty Licks Ice Cream kept the wine tasters cool and refreshed.  

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Left to Right: William Kobyluck of Anne Amie, Suzanna Mannion and Robert Watkins of Mt. Beautiful  

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Fantastic panoramas from Anne Amie Vineyard and happy guests enjoying them. 

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A lengthy fire pit was lit and complemented by a fire dancer. 

6th Annual "BDR" Fundraiser Ride

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2019 markes the third consecutive year that Mt. Beautiful has sponsored Backcountry Discovery Routes which cludes participation in its annual spring fundraiser.

This year, the event was held in Anza Borrego in Southern California.  Mt. Beautiful's CEO Robert wasn't able to attend this year's event, but Marketing Manager Suzanna Mannion was able to make it and represent the brand (and have fun riding!) in his absence. Here's an event recap published on the "BDR" blog: 

"Over 50 ADV riders gathered at the Palm Canyon Hotel & RV Resort in Borrego Springs, CA at the end of March for the 6th Annual BDR Fundraiser Ride.  This event brings together BDR supporters, Ambassadors and industry professionals for a weekend of BDR-style riding, presentations and important discussions about the work and plans of the BDR organization.

The location of the event changes every year, but the fun and camaraderie among the attendees remains the same. This confluence of energy, common interests and BDR focus translates into ideas and action plans that guide the organization.

Exceptional riding in the desert and mountain terrain during the day, and afternoon soaks in the pool, culminated in serious discussions and serious fundraising (plus some great laughs) over dinner in the evenings."

Full link to the article here including photos here

South Pacific Pacers Take on the 2018 Healdsburg Half Marathon

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Mt. Beautiful's properties may be on New Zealand's South Island but we have a sales and marketing team in the U.S. that is passionate about the brand and and also an active bunch!

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With our U.S. office located in the San Francisco Bay Area, within close proximity to Sonoma and Napa wine countries where a couple "Destination Races" take hold, includiing the popular Healdsburg Half Marathon, we saw a natural tie-in to creating a U.S. running team aptly named the South Pacific Pacers.

Suzanna Mannion, our Marketing Manager organized the running team in 2017 for the Healdsburg Half Marathon however wildfires canceled the event that year. The team reformed in 2018 and successfully completed the event with 10 "pacers" (i.e. runners) in addition to our Western U.S. Sales Manager Tiffany Tonnerre and Executive Administrator Maura Sullivan who staffed what proved to be a very popular post-race tasting station at the finish line! 

As much fun as running 13.1 miles was had by all the participants and it looks like the South Pacific Pacers will be making a comeback to the Healdsburg Half for years to come, and will hopefully grow our team as the years go by. 

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Midwinter Winemakers' Feast

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Friday 10th August 2018 we hosted our Midwinter Winemakers' Feast at Mt. Beautiful's Two Rivers Cafe & Wine Tasting Room located in Central Cheviot.

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A mix of forty five guests, both locals and those from out of town, came together to enjoy the evening's bounty. Included on the guest list were some key members of Mt. Beautiful Winery's U.S. team including CEO Robert Watkins, Business Operations Manager Cori Gormley and Administrative Executive Maura Sullivan.

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The evening started in the Tasting Room where guests arrived for canapes and tastings of current wine vintages, followed by a family style feast featuring Mt. Beautiful beef and lamb.

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Winemaker Sam Weaver and Assistant Winemaker Ben Weaver spoke a little about the wines at the beginning, and mingled with guests throughout the evening answering questions and queries.

Mt. Beautiful Pinot Noir Magnums

Dinner started with 2016 Pinot Noir magnums followed by 2015 Pinot Noir, 2015 10 Barrels Pinot Noir and 2009 Pinot Noir.

A taste of Mt. Beautiful's special dessert wine (straight from the barrel) was presented alongside beautifully prepared platters of local cheeses. This brought a close to the feast.

General Manager Kimberley Eagle said "It was a really fantastic evening! We have since had a lot of great feedback from people who attended and people who heard about this event through the grapevine.

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