Wine Trends

    • Wine trends in 2015

      Wine trends in 2015 will be similar to wine trends in 2014 — wine drinkers will see more wines they’ve never heard of and we’ll be able to buy those wines at more places than ever before, including and especially grocery stores. Along the way, Big Wine will continue to get bigger, and even wine writing could see significant changes, as those of us who don’t have money behind us ...

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  • Could the Internet screw up direct shipping?

    … The perfect world of direct shipping — where we can buy any wine we want from any retailer we want, just like we buy computers or tennis shoes — will likely never happen, given the three-tier system and its death grip on the wine business. But, assuming we could make three-tier vanish, would direct shipping actually be that perfect? Maybe…

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  • Private label wine: The future of the wine business?

    … Private label wine, always a small but important part of the wine business, is going to get much, much bigger. In this, wine drinkers will see more wines on store shelves they’ve never heard of and can only buy in one store — all of which is good for retailers, but not necessarily good for us. More, after the jump: Call it what you…

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  • Wine prices in 2015: Stealth increases

    … will suffer as producers keep the line on prices, letting their $10 wines suffer in favor of the new brands and new labels. But I’ll be around to call them on that next year. The post Wine prices in 2015: Stealth increases appeared first on Wine Curmudgeon. …

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  • Holiday wine trends 2014

    … stoppers from manufacturers who see the reviving economy as their best opportunity in a decade. For more on holiday wine trends: • Holiday wine trends 2013 • Holiday wine trends 2012 • Holiday wine prices 2011 The post Holiday wine trends 2014 appeared first on Wine Curmudgeon. …

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  • Cop shows and European wine culture

    …, despite all the laments about the collapse of Gallic wine culture. Which is why there’s more to wine culture than consumption statistics, or else so many in the U.S., currently the world’s biggest wine consuming country by volume, wouldn’t see wine with dinner as the next step toward an AA meeting. Culture is not something that can be manufactured…

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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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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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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

    … The 2014 grape harvest in most of the world is finished, which raise the next question: What does harvest mean for wine prices in 2015? The answer is surprisingly complicated, depending on which region the wine is from; how expensive it is — or isn’t; and whether we buy it from a big or small retailer. But if the answer is surprisingly…

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  • Christopher Kimball: “Wine is too hard”

    … 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…

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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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