Wine Trends

    • Is Texas Wine Like Orange Juice?

      Label on Carton of Florida Orange Juice Is Texas Wine Like Orange Juice? A friend of mine related the following story to me with the caveat that many wineries were likely tired of hearing people like Andrew Chalk (click here) and I (click here) rant about sourcing of grapes used in Texas wines and how wine labeling should accurately reflect the source of the grapes.

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    • Need Some Muscrat Love? It’s at Kerrville Hills Winery

      Label Art for Kerrville Hills Muscrat Love Wine Need Some Muscrat Love? It’s at Kerrville Hills Winery I like this Kerrville Hills Muscrat Love wine for several reasons. The first reason is because at the first public wine tasting that I think that ever did (in Old Town Spring, TX, in the mid-to-late 1990s) I included a sweet and slightly sparkling Muscat Canelli wine from ...

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    • Cop shows and European wine culture

      A country’s pop culture — its books, films, music, and TV — often provides a better insight into its values and beliefs than any number of academic studies. Want to learn about the Red Scare in the U.S. in the 1950s? A couple of Mickey Spillane novels, which sold tens of millions of copies, will probably tell you all you need to know.

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  • Holiday wine trends 2014

    … drinkers are willing to be more adventurous. Someone needs to explain what the wine is about, and then they’re willing to try something they normally wouldn’t buy.” This doesn’t mean, said the retailers interviewed for this post, that they won’t sell a lot of cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, and pinot noir this holiday season. After all…

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  • New Book from Doc Russ Texas WineSlinger on the Texas Hill Country Wineries

    … to grow European vinifera grapes. (Texas Hill Country Wineries – Courtesy of Ben Smusz.) New Book from Doc Russ Texas WineSlinger on the Texas Hill Country Wineries Upon reviewing my previous best-selling book, The WineSlinger Chronicles: Texas on the Vine, international wine luminary Oz Clarke rattled off the following blurb: “Doc Russ…

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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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  • Wine prices in 2015

    … trouble selling wine now. • The biggest retailers, like Costco, Total Wine, and the grocery stores, will exert more pressure than ever on prices. Said the consultant: “Terms like ‘synergy’ and ‘economies of scale’ in wholesale and retail are sometimes code words for ‘beating the crap out of your suppliers.’ ” Which means the same wine could cost 10 or 15 percent more at smaller retailers than at the bigger stores next year. The post Wine prices in 2015 appeared first on Wine Curmudgeon. …

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  • Christopher Kimball: “Wine is too hard”

    … Kimball, the proprietor of the America’s Test Kitchen empire, which includes TV and radio shows, cookbooks, and Cook’s Illustrated magazine. He’ll be in Dallas on Oct. 29 with the America’s Test Kitchen road show, part of a fall tour that would wear out a rock star. “The problem,” says Kimball, “is that wine is too complicated. But someone will probably…

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

    … are to open a new winery tasting room that will be directly across the road from the entrance to Salt Lick BBQ. Most of you have seen wines made at Fall Creek Vineyards that carry the single vineyard designation of the Salt Lick Vineyard (SLV). For one thing, this new venture will be very convenient for harvesting of SLV grapes. Ed and Susan Auler…

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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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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • Second annual five-day, $3 wine challenge

    … the 2012 vintage. • Three Wishes ($2.99, 12.5%), the Whole Foods private label. It carries an American appellation, which means it’s non-vintage and at least three-quarters of the grapes used to make it were grown in the U.S. • Winking Owl ($2.89, 12.5%) from Aldi but may be available elsewhere. Also American and non-vintage. • Yosemite Road ($3.99…

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  • Winecast 22: Jerry Lockspeiser, wine guru

    … it in Britain, too), including tips on pricing. Click here to download or stream the podcast, which is about 16 minutes long and takes up almost 8 megabytes. The sound quality is very good, with only a couple of squeaks and hisses even though Lockspeiser was in London. Skype — the unofficial VoIP provider for the blog — was in exceptionally fine form. The post Winecast 22: Jerry Lockspeiser, wine guru appeared first on Wine Curmudgeon. …

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  • Wine’s Next Big Thing Is…

    … (think some wine mags, some critics, etc.). Thankfully, the future trends of the wine industry seem to be moving in the opposite direction. Think about it this way: we now live in the age of splintered wine recommendations, and you have more informed (and uninformed!) voices you could follow than ever before when it comes to recommendations. You…

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