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    Win two tickets to Grapefest

    Want to see the Wine Curmudgeon at Grapefest later this week? Want to attend the always popular People/s Choice wine tasting and judging? Don’t want to buy two tickets to the festival to do it? Then pick a number between 1 and 1,000 and leave it in the comment section of this post, and only this post.

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    The Wine Curmudgeon’s annual Kerrville Texas wine extravaganza

    And with a cheap wine book signing this year, as well. The wine panel at the Kerrville Fall Music Festival is at 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 30, where we’ll talk about Texas red wine.

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      The Wine Curmudgeon does the Grape Collective interview

      The Wine Curmudgeon - - 5 readers - Jameson Fink of the Grape Collective, an especially popular wine website, asked some terrific questions as part of their regular feature, called SpeakEasy. This gave me a chance to offer several insights into the wine business and wine writing. More than a few people may be annoyed at my answers, but that’s their problem.

      Labor Day 2014

      The Wine Curmudgeon - - 2 readers - The blog is mostly off today for the holiday, but will return on Tuesday with our usual features. That includes an update later in the week on the Wine Curmudgeon’s annual visit to the Kerrville Fall Music Festival ...

      Carmen Castorina: When a legend retires

      The Wine Curmudgeon - - The first rule of sportswriting used to be “Don’t god up the ballplayers.” Which meant that athletes were not necessarily better or worse people because they were ballplayers; they were just different, and you needed to keep that in mind when you wrote about them.

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      Carmen Castorina: When a legend retires

      …, and almost no one did it better. So Carmen will be missed. I’ll even miss his little digs about my failure to include Gallo’s Barefoot in the $10 Hall of Fame and his insistence that Notre Dame was as good a school as my alma mater, Northwestern. And we’ll still have lunch now and again; I just hope Aikman doesn’t want his booth. Cause he ain’t getting it. The post Carmen Castorina: When a legend retires appeared first on Wine Curmudgeon.…

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      Win two tickets to Grapefest

      …Want to see the Wine Curmudgeon at Grapefest later this week? Want to attend the always popular People/s Choice wine tasting and judging? Don’t want to buy two tickets to the festival to do it? Then pick a number between 1 and 1,000 and leave it in the comment section of this post, and only this post. Sending me an email doesn’t count; if you get…

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      WC returns to Grapefest next week

      …That’s three days of appearances at Grapefest — at 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 12, 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 13 and noon on Sept. 14. We’ll talk wine, the cheap wine book, and Texas wine as part of the People’s Choice Awards, one of the largest consumer-judged wine festivals in the country. I’ll be at the Palace Theater in historic downtown Grapevine. In air conditioning, always a plus this time of year. Stop by, ask questions, buy books, and talk about wine. The post WC returns to Grapefest next week appeared first on Wine Curmudgeon.…

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      The Wine Curmudgeon does the Grape Collective interview

      … professionalism. … Wine writing is the best job in the world, and I don’t understand why so many of us, both online and in print, have such chips on our shoulders.” The post The Wine Curmudgeon does the Grape Collective interview appeared first on Wine Curmudgeon.…

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      Labor Day 2014

      …The blog is mostly off today for the holiday, but will return on Tuesday with our usual features. That includes an update later in the week on the Wine Curmudgeon’s annual visit to the Kerrville Fall Music Festival. Until then, the theme song from the 1970s cop show “Baretta,” featuring Sammy Davis Jr., a cockatoo, and sage advice: “Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time.” (Video courtesy of MrBigrose11 at YouTube.) The post Labor Day 2014 appeared first on Wine Curmudgeon.…

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      The Wine Curmudgeon’s annual Kerrville Texas wine extravaganza

      …And with a cheap wine book signing this year, as well. The wine panel at the Kerrville Fall Music Festival is at 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 30, where we’ll talk about Texas red wine. No doubt the Wine Curmudgeon will get in a spirited discussion with one of the panelists about the price-value ratio of Texas cabernet sauvignon and merlot, and that we should…

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      Great quotes in wine history: Sheldon Cooper

      …Sheldon’s reaction after he finds out that people call him crazy because he thinks the Winestream Media doesn’t know bazinga about wine. A tip o’ the Wine Curmudgeon’s fedora to the Dedoimedo website; this post is based on his “My reaction to — ” series. The video is courtesy of dwmad94 via YouTube. The post Great quotes in wine history: Sheldon Cooper appeared first on Wine Curmudgeon.…

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      Ask the WC 5: Getting drunk, restaurant wine, wine reviews

      … Because the customers always write, and the Wine Curmudgeon always has the answers in this periodic feature. Ask me a wine-related question by clicking here. Hey Wine Guy: I would think alcohol is alcohol is alcohol, and a buzz is a buzz is a buzz. However, I seem to experience what I will call a “lighter” buzz from wine, which dissipates…

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      Treasury Wine Estate’s plan to avoid a hostile takeover

      … The Wine Curmudgeon mentions Treasury’s scheme for two reasons. First, and most importantly, it doesn’t seem very sustainable. The troubled Australian multi-national wine company, whose holdings include California’s Beringer, has been losing more millions than most of us have socks. Yet, despite its problems, Treasury wants to boost business…

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      Who has the best job in wine?

      … And I don’t even have to wear a tie. The Wine Curmudgeon, of course. I drink wine and tell people what it tastes like. How much better does any job — in wine or otherwise — get than that? Which is why I was surprised to see this, “10 of the world’s best jobs in wine,” from the British trade magazine, The Drinks Business. Wine writing…

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