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These 12 wines show tempranillo in many of its 21st century styles. There’s classic tempranillo from the Rioja region of Spain; post-modern Spanish tempranillo; regional tempranillo from Texas and Colorado; a highly-regarded Oregon label; and even one from Argentina. Tempranillo for years languished in wine’s outer orbit, though that banishment had little to do with quality.
The Wine Curmudgeon has the best job in the world — I get to drink wine and write about it for a worldwide audience that appreciates what I say and regularly tells me so. I’ve won awards and I’m respected in a way I never was in my previous writing careers, and it’s not like I didn’t have successes then.
The blog’s seventh annual birthday week begins on Monday, so what better preview for all the fun than Little James’ Basket Press Red ($10, purchased, 13.5%) — cheap French red wine that does everything that great cheap wine should do? • Varietally correct. This is a red Rhone blend with lots of Rhone-style red fruit, It’s made with grenache, which seems to take on a different ...
Because what’s better than four cheap wine reviews — none more than $10 — for Black Friday? Plus, you don’t have to get up at 3 a.m. or wait in line to read it. • La Fiera Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2012 ($9, purchased, 13%): This vintage of the Hall of Fame Italian red isn’t as interesting as previous versions — not as deliciously tart and missing the earthiness that made me want to buy a case.
The Wine Curmudgeon, slowly but surely, is understanding Prosecco, the Italian sparkling wine. First, because I’m making an effort to appreciate it, and not to dismiss Prosecco because it doesn’t taste the way I want it to taste. Second, because Prosecco winemaking has improved, so the wines are not just sweet and fizzy; also, that it’s possible to find these better quality win ...
Thanksgiving wine suggestions from around the Internet: • Keeping it simple: From Real Simple, part of the Martha Stewart magazine empire, “affordable” wines for Thanksgiving. And who says we’re not making progress on the cheap wine front? The recommendations include so many wines that I’ve reviewed here that I think the author may have visited the blog once or twice.
This is the second time this year that the Wine Curmudgeon has been able to talk to one of the winemakers from the historic 1976 Judgement of Paris. I wonder: Do the rest of the people who do what we do realize how lucky we are? The occasion was a live cyber tasting last week with Bo Barrett of Chateau Montelena, whose chardonnay bested France’s white Burgundies at the Paris tasting.
The Wine Curmudgeon got a press release last week touting a big-time California producer’s five pinot noirs for Thanksgiving. Because, I suppose, we’re supposed to drink pinot noir for Thanksgiving. Excuse me while I throw a fit. Is this 1985, when we could only drink certain wines with certain foods at certain times? Of course not.
Today, to celebrate the blog’s seventh anniversary, we’re giving away two autographed copies of The Wine Curmudgeon’s Guide to Cheap Wine. This is the final of five daily giveaways; check out this post to see what we gave away this year. Complete contest rules are here. Pick a number between 1 and 1,000 and leave it in the comment section of this post.
Today, to celebrate the blog’s seventh anniversary, we’re giving away The VinGarde Valise, the ultimate wine bottle suitcase. In addition, Wine Curmudgeon readers who like VinGarde on its Facebook page between now and next Thursday will get a 10 percent coupon if they buy the luggage through its website.
Nothing illustrates the revolution in cheap wine better than cava, the Spanish sparkling wine. When I started writing about cheap wine in the early 1990s, cava was almost unknown in the U.S., and the only cava for sale, even at many specialty retailers, was the Freixent black bottle. Today, though, cava is everywhere, and it’s not unusual to see a half dozen labels at a grocery store.
Today, to celebrate the blog’s seventh anniversary, we’re giving away a $50 gift card from Wine.com, and thank you very much to the people at Wine.com for their continuing contribution to the cause — the third year in a row they’ve donated the card. This is the third of five daily giveaways; check out this post to see the prizes for the rest of the week. Complete contest rules are here.
Today, to celebrate the blog’s seventh anniversary, we’re giving away a wine book gift pack, including “Buy the Right Wine Every Time,” “Provence Food and Wine,” and Lisa Mattson’s “The Exes in my iPod.” This is the second of five daily giveaways; check out this post to see the prizes for the rest of the week. Complete contest rules are here.
A few notes after the past year of blog posts about cheap wine, wine education, and the wine business: • Operating system wars: Microsoft controls about 90 percent of the world’s computer operating system market with its various Windows products, but not on the blog. Just 52 percent of visitors over the past year used a Windows operating system to get here, and almost one-thir ...
Today, to celebrate the blog’s seventh anniversary, we’re giving away a set of Riedel wine glasses — two reds and two whites, courtesy of Banfi Vintners. This is the first of five daily giveaways; check out this post to see the prizes for the rest of the week. Complete contest rules are here. Pick a number between 1 and 1,000 and leave it in the comment section of this post.
The most popular posts from the past 12 months are almost completely different from what they’ve always been. Stories that been top-ranked every year that they’ve been on the blog, like The six things you probably don’t know about wine and $10 pinot noirs, aren’t any more. Chalk these changes up to the new website, which debuted last fall; Google’s ever-demanding search algori ...
Washington fixer and power maven Olivia Pope letting the president know that his favorite 98-point cult Napa cabernet sauvignon would never, ever get a 92 again. Ever. A tip o’ the Wine Curmudgeon’s fed ...
The Wine Curmudgeon’s annual thank you to everyone who reads the blog and visits the site, since I wouldn’t be doing this without you. Contest rules are here. Those of you who get the blog via email or RSS will need to go to winecurmudgeon.com to enter. This year’s prize schedule: • Monday: Riedel wine glasses — two reds and two whites, courtesy of Banfi Vintners.