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Jeff Siegel
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1. The truck carrying the books will crash on I-57 in Illinois, and 12 boxes will be scatterd across various Midwestern cornfields. 2. All of the friends you asked to review the book will rip it. 3. No one will... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2014 at The Wine Curmudgeon
Regional wine week started yesterday, and what kind of co-founder and past president would I be if I didn't participate? So here are my links for this year's effort, focusing on the changes in Texas wine since I started writing... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2013 at The Wine Curmudgeon
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One of the themes on the blog for the past couple of weeks has been value -- does a wine offer more to the consumer than it costs? In this, value is not about price, because not all cheap wine... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2013 at The Wine Curmudgeon
That's the schedule, anyway. The new site will be easier to use and will look better, but will contain the same quality content that has made it one of the best-read English language wine sites on the Internet since 2007.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2013 at The Wine Curmudgeon
There has been a lot of news about wine prices holding steady lately, but it's been mostly economic -- studies, analysis, and so forth. That's the kind of stuff, as accurate as it is, that is sometimes painful for consumers... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2013 at The Wine Curmudgeon
What's not to like about the Pine Ridge ($10, purchased, 12%)? It's cheap and it delivers so much more value than what it costs that I can't find a sufficient metaphor to describe how much more value that is. The... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2013 at The Wine Curmudgeon
• Regional wine week: Drink Local Wine will hold its sixth annual Regional Wine Week from Oct. 6 to Oct. 12, which means everyone has a chance to be a wine writer. Maybe that's my legacy as one of the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2013 at The Wine Curmudgeon
Fine analysis, Thomas. When I made some calls for this post, the stuff that was really funny was, as Tish called it, inside baseball. And that may be funny to you or me, but it's not going to be funny -- let alone make any sense -- to the average wine drinker that I want to read the blog.
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This year, I wanted to do more silly stuff on the blog – after all, wine is supposed to be fun. The Winestream Media is almost always deadly serious, and even I fall into that rut more than I should.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2013 at The Wine Curmudgeon
• Beach House Sauvignon Blanc 2013 ($10, sample, 13%): South African white was much different than I thought it would be -- young and fresh and citrusy, with a bit of a pithy finish. It’s a one-note wine, but delivers... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2013 at The Wine Curmudgeon
Sadly, I don't make this stuff up, Jason: "I think he was the appropriate person to kick the company off as a public company," Mr Rayner said, adding that Mr Dearie's strategy of focusing on luxury and mass-market prestige, or "masstige" brands, was appropriate." It's in the link at the analyst quote.
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When will the wine business figure out I buy on price? The Wine Curmudgeon, despite his brilliance as a writer, is a lousy businessman. How else to explain that former Treasury Wine Estate CEO David Dearie earned A$2.4 million (about... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2013 at The Wine Curmudgeon
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Just when the Wine Curmudgeon thinks that he can’t be surprised by wine any more, I taste something like this. Is it any wonder that this is the best job in the world? My reaction to the first sip was... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2013 at The Wine Curmudgeon
• Pricing pressure – in the other direction: Just in time for the Cheap Wine Book (and the shameless plugs will eventually stop) comes this blog post from banker Rob McMillan. “Attempting to increase bottle pricing --even in an allocated... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2013 at The Wine Curmudgeon
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The Wine Curmudgeon has discovered the flaw in the Cupcake Vineyards marketing juggernaut. It’s almost impossible to find the wines in a store, whether grocery or wine, that has any kind of inventory. It took me 10 minutes to locate... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2013 at The Wine Curmudgeon
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The occasion required a sparkling wine for celebration, and it required more than cava. So the Wine Curmudgeon, spotting the Heidsieck ($56, purchased, 12%) on the shelf at a local wine bar, opted for Champagne. And why not? How often... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2013 at The Wine Curmudgeon
Wine-Searcher.com has great news for wine drinkers: “Increased transparency of wine prices worldwide means retailers are no longer able to charge excessive prices.” So how does that jibe with what I saw yesterday – a national retailer charging $17 for... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2013 at The Wine Curmudgeon
We believe in amazing cheap wine here on the blog, Ann. Thanks.
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California wine takes a lot of abuse on the blog, and with good reason. Too much of it is cynically made and with little concern for value. Slap a marketing campaign on it, make sure there is a lot of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2013 at The Wine Curmudgeon
• It’s OK to drink cheap wine: Not shocking news, I know, but it always makes the Wine Curmudgeon smile when others realize it. The latest affirmation comes from the International Business Times. The piece rambles quite a bit, touching... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2013 at The Wine Curmudgeon
Smug? Me? Heaven forfend. The difference in identifying those kinds of wines in 2023 is that I don't know, save for YellowTail, anything has had the kind of impact Blue Nun did. People drink a lot of Barefoot, but hasn't been as famous as Blue Nun was.
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Thanks, Amy. Trying new wine is not only easy, but fun. I wish we could get the message out to more wine drinkers that they don't have to stick to the same thing.
Toggle Commented Sep 16, 2013 on Cheap wine for dinner at The Wine Curmudgeon
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Toward the end of last month's $3 wine epic, I got very tired of cheap wine. Or at least it seemed that way. And the Wine Curmudgeon was embarrassed. How could one of the world's foremost advocates of cheap wine... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2013 at The Wine Curmudgeon
I hope you're right, Blake. Wine does taste better when the pairing is correct. Though, between what I've seen here in the middle of the country, talking to consumers, and the studies that do exist, I don't know that you are right. I think people who drink Cupcake Red Velvet drink it because they like it, and not because it goes with anything.
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In the 1980s, the German company that produced Blue Nun exported 2 million cases of the cheap, sweetish white wine, making it the YellowTail of its day. In this, it was supposed to be the fabled gateway wine -- something... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2013 at The Wine Curmudgeon