• 12 wines for International Tempranillo Day

      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.

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    • Seven years of wine writing on the Internet

      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.

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    • Wine of the week: Little James’ Basket Press Red NV

      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 ...

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  • Mini-reviews 67: Black Friday wine edition

    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.

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  • Wine of the week: Astoria Prosecco NV

    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 ...

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  • Winebits 361: Thanksgiving 2014 edition

    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.

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  • Expensive wine 69: Chateau Montelena

    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.

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  • Thanksgiving wine 2014

    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.

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  • Wine of the week: Castillo Perelada Brut Reserva NV

    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.

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  • Tuesday Birthday Week giveaway: Wine books

    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.

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  • Winebits 360: Birthday week edition

    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 ...

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  • Monday Birthday Week giveaway: 4 Riedel glasses

    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.

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  • The Wine Curmudgeon’s most popular posts 2014

    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 ...

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  • Great quotes in wine history: Olivia Pope

    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 ...

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  • Coming Monday: Birthday week No. 7 with five days of prizes

    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.

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