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    • Do-it-yourself New Year’s wine resolutions for 2015

      What better post for the day after New Year’s than the Wine Curmudgeon’s second annual Do-it-yourself wine resolutions? Just click on the drop-down menus and select your wine resolutions for 2015. Those who get the blog via email or RSS may have to go the website to use the menus. The 2015 $10 Hall of Fame will post on Monday.

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    • Why the Wine Curmudgeon doesn’t like the Super Bowl

      Am I the only one who thinks this pairing looks silly? The Wine Curmudgeon doesn’t like the Super Bowl. This is not just because I was once a sportswriter and soon tired of sports’ hypocrisy, and especially the NFL’s obsession with money. And more money. And even more money. Or that, living in Dallas, more people attend Cowboys games than usually vote in mayoral elections.

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    • Joe Maddon, expensive wine, and the Chicago Cubs

      Dear Joe: You and I have much in common — you’re the new manager of the Chicago Cubs, and I am a long-suffering Cubs fan who once waited more than an hour to get Kenny Holtzman’s autograph. In the finest Cubs tradition, Holtzman never showed up. Apparently, we also share wine in common, though what you drink is about as far removed from what I drink as the Cubs are from a suc ...

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  • Ernie Banks, 1931-2015

    …-Times that Banks “taught me to let the game go and start over the next day. Each day was unto itself. `You can’t change yesterday,’ he told me. I don’t think I could fully understand what he was teaching me at the time. Still haven’t.” There is no better epitaph than that. The post Ernie Banks, 1931-2015 appeared first on Wine Curmudgeon. …

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  • The 2015 $10 Wine Hall of Fame

    … It’s probably not a crisis yet, but the 2015 $10 Wine Hall of Fame points to serious changes going on in the world of cheap wine. Just four wines made the Hall this year, compared to 16 and 12 the past two years. Meanwhile, five dropped out, and I considered just a dozen for inclusion, compared to the 100 or so I looked at last year…

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  • WC will teach wine class at El Centro College

    … and Enology at El Centro College (RSTO 1319, for those keeping score), part of the Dallas County Community College system. El Centro’s Food and Hospitality program is one of the best two-year degrees in the country, and I’m flattered that I was asked to teach. So expect an occasional post about the classes and how well the students take to what I’m…

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  • The 2014 Curmudgies

    …. As such wines are almost exclusively purchased by most wine drinkers, those critics (myself included) have effectively disenfranchised most wine consumers. That is something I want to correct.” That says it all, doesn’t it? For more Curmudgies • The 2013 Curmudgies • The 2012 Curmudgies • Press releases, the wine business, and doing it right The post The 2014 Curmudgies appeared first on Wine Curmudgeon. …

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  • Great quotes in wine history: The Prisoner

    … No. 6’s reaction after being told that he has to taste each wine, in order, in the 2014 Wine Spectator Top 100. Unless he tells why he resigns. 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 The TruthWealthFreedom Foundation via YouTube, using…

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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. How about interviewing a talking dog…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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 fedora to the Dedoimedo website; this post is based on his “My reaction to — ” series. The video is courtesy of juststandhere2 via YouTube, using TubeChop. The post Great quotes in wine history: Olivia Pope appeared first on Wine Curmudgeon. …

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

    …, the ulitmate wine bottle suitcase, plus discounts for those who want to buy one. • Friday: Two autographed copies of the cheap wine book. Besides the prize giveaways, I’ll recap the past year on the blog — the top posts and the least liked, as well as my always insightful analysis about what it all means. Because this year, it means a lot to the future of wine writing and how I do it. The post Coming Monday: Birthday week No. 7 with five days of prizes appeared first on Wine Curmudgeon. …

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