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    Fall Creek Vineyards: A Wonderful New Venture in Driftwood, Texas

    Fall Creek Vineyards: A Wonderful New Venture in Driftwood, Texas The biggest news that I’ve heard is some time started with an email out of the blue from Susan Auler that said, “Just wanted to let you know about our wonderful new venture.” The details that followed were about a new Fall Creek Vineyards location in Driftwood, Texas.

    6 readers - By Vintage Texas Blog

    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 fedor ...

    6 readers - By The Wine Curmudgeon

      Christopher Kimball: “Wine is too hard”

      The Wine Curmudgeon - - 2 readers - Good news for those of us who care about wine. The past decade’s enthusiasm for food and home cooking, which has given us the slow food, local food, and the farm to table movements, as well as consumers paying attention to how their food is made, could soon come to wine. “Someone needs to come along and make wine simple,” says Christopher Kimball, the proprietor of the America ...

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

      The Wine Curmudgeon - - 1 readers - 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 product by making fun of wine!” ...

      Two UNT classes and one very important wine lesson

      The Wine Curmudgeon - - 1 readers - 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 smaller.

      Spanish wine may offer the best value in the world — part I

      The Wine Curmudgeon - - 1 readers - This is the first of two parts discussing why Spanish wine may be the best value in the world today. Part II, with some of Spain’s best-value wines, will post tomorrow. The reasons are many, and they add up to the same thing: Spanish wine, whether red, white, pink, or bubbly, probably offers the best value in the world, and certainly for the cheap wine that we celebrate here.

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      Christopher Kimball: “Wine is too hard”

      … are only two kinds, good and bad.” But he expects that to happen sooner, rather than later. The Wine Curmudgeon is working for sooner. For more on wine and America’s Test Kitchen: • America’s Test Kitchen finally figures out wine • America’s Test Kitchen and wine gadgets The post Christopher Kimball: “Wine is too hard” appeared first on Wine Curmudgeon. …

      2 readers - By The Wine Curmudgeon

      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…

      1 readers - By The Wine Curmudgeon

      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…

      1 readers - By The Wine Curmudgeon

      Fall Creek Vineyards: A Wonderful New Venture in Driftwood, Texas

      … Fall Creek Vineyards: A Wonderful New Venture in Driftwood, Texas The biggest news that I’ve heard is some time started with an email out of the blue from Susan Auler that said, “Just wanted to let you know about our wonderful new venture.” The details that followed were about a new Fall Creek Vineyards location in Driftwood, Texas. The plans…

      6 readers - By Vintage Texas Blog

      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.…

      6 readers - By The Wine Curmudgeon

      Spanish wine may offer the best value in the world — part I

      … This is the first of two parts discussing why Spanish wine may be the best value in the world today. Part II, with some of Spain’s best-value wines, will post tomorrow. The reasons are many, and they add up to the same thing: Spanish wine, whether red, white, pink, or bubbly, probably offers the best value in the world, and certainly…

      1 readers - By The Wine Curmudgeon

      What the media didn’t tell you about the CDC alcohol death study

      …This is not a critique of the science in the Centers for Disease Control study that equated drinking wine with dinner as binge drinking. I’m not a doctor or researcher. I’m also not questioning the health, emotional, and social costs of alcoholism; I’ve attended too many funerals. Rather, this is a critique (based on a story I wrote for the Wine…

      1 readers - By The Wine Curmudgeon

      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…

      4 readers - By The Wine Curmudgeon

      Winecast 22: Jerry Lockspeiser, wine guru

      … Jerry Lockspeiser has done many things during his wine career in the United Kingdom — producer, negociant, consultant, salesman, and writer. Through much of it, his focus on been on cheap wine and what Lockspeiser calls the normal wine drinker; those of us who want to buy a bottle to have with dinner and who don’t want to mess with any of wine’s…

      4 readers - By The Wine Curmudgeon

      Wine’s Next Big Thing Is…

      … also have apps like Delectable, which show you what a lot of those tastemakers are drinking and how they feel about it. On the other end of that same curve is the app Wine4.Me, which uses data and science to help you learn your own taste preferences, to the point of actually recommending specific wines based on them, sans expert recommendations…

      5 readers - By 1 Wine Dude

      Terroir as a brand, and not as something that makes wine taste good

      …Does terroir — the idea that the place where a wine is from makes it taste a certain way and helps determine its quality — exist? This question has generated reams of cyber-ink over the past five or six years, pitting those of us who think terroir matters against those who think we’re bunch of old farts and that technology has made terroir…

      4 readers - By The Wine Curmudgeon

      Big Wine and crowdsourcing

      …Columbia Crest is owned by Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, part of a one-half billion dollar company. La Crema is part of Jackson Family Wines, also a one-half billion dollar company. So why is each using a form of crowdsourcing, letting its customers make key winemaking decisions for one of its wines? Because it’s not enough to make piles of money…

      4 readers - By Wine Curmudgeon/ The Wine Curmudgeon

      Why grocery stores love wine

      …Because they sell so much of it — and a lot more than most of us realize. Hence the reason for the Great Wall of Wine. Wine was the seventh biggest category by dollar amount for supermarkets in the 52 weeks ending June 15, recording $6.9 billion in sales. That’s up 3.7 percent from the same period a year ago, and works out to an average of $9.27…

      4 readers - By Wine Curmudgeon/ The Wine Curmudgeon

      Texsom 2014: Sommeliers Get Beyond the Big Three

      … Rieslings, Mediterranean-heritaged red wines (Sangiovese and Tempranillo) from Texas, and a (non-vinifera) Norton from America’s heartland, Missouri. Cevola reminded the participants in his tasting session, “It was only 30 years ago when the “Big Three” of American wine (California, Washington and Oregon) were a new phenomenon, just like the “Beyond…

      9 readers - By Vintage Texas Blog