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    Two UNT classes and one very important wine lesson

    …You can always trust a man in a hat who talks about cheap wine. This has not been the best of times for the Wine Curmudgeon, as anyone who has visited the blog over the past three or four months may have noticed. The posts have been a little crankier, my patience has been a little shorter, and the supply of quality cheap wine has seemed ever…

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    Redd’s Wicked Apple: “Let’s make fun of wine”

    … Far be it for the Wine Curmudgeon to criticize a multi-national company and a marketing campaign devised by people who are brilliant enough to work for it, when I’m just a guy at a keyboard who writes about cheap wine. But a recent Redd’s Wicked Apple commercial reminded me how creatively bankrupt so much of post-modern media is: “Let’s sell our…

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    Great quotes in wine history: Prince Charles

    …Prince Charles’ reaction after a snooty Winestream Media critic gives his favourite $10 wine a 78. Who says the Windsors don’t have a sense of humor? 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 digitalmediafan via YouTube. The post Great quotes in wine history: Prince Charles appeared first on Wine Curmudgeon.…

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    Second annual five-day, $3 wine challenge

    …You won’t need a pile of money to buy these wines. In which the Wine Curmudgeon puts his money where his mouth is. Each night next week, I’ll drink a $3 wine with dinner and attempt to answer the question: Can a wine drinker live on really cheap wine? Are the claims made by producers like Fred Franzia and the various anti-critics true, that most…

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    Carmen Castorina: When a legend retires

    … sense for everything I’ve written about: politics, business, film, music, food (especially food), and wine. Perspective is all, and just because someone is a fine winemaker doesn’t mean they’re a good parent or friend or colleague. So how do I write a piece honoring perhaps the best wine PR person in history without godding him up? Carmen Castorina…

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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 more…

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    Treasury Wine Estate’s plan to avoid a hostile takeover

    …. The Brisbane Times newspaper reports that the company’s new boss “labelled the wine cabinet promotion the biggest consumer-facing promotion ever undertaken by the company.” Which should tell us all we need to know about Treasury’s lack of marketing ability. How does it work? Buy six bottles of a Penfolds Bin wine, which cost from AU$30 to AU$80 a bottle…

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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 was only…

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