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Thanksgiving wine 2014

The Wine Curmudgeon got a press release last week touting a big-time California producer’s five pinot noirs for Thanksgiving. Because, I suppose, we’re supposed to drink pinot noir for Thanksgiving. Excuse me Read More »

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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 Read More »

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Wine of the week: Castillo Perelada Brut Reserva NV

Nothing illustrates the revolution in cheap wine better than cava, the Spanish sparkling wine. When I started writing about cheap wine in the early 1990s, cava was almost unknown in the U.S., Read More »

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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 Read More »

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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 Read More »

Friday Birthday Week giveaway: 2 copies of the cheap wine book

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112114And the winner is: Marcy Spencer, who picked the number exactly. That’s the first time that has happened in the four years we’ve done this. The winning number was 68 (screenshot to the right). That was the final giveaway for Birthday Week, and what a way to end it. Thanks to everyone who participated. We’ll try to make it even more fun, with better prizes, next year.


Today, to celebrate the blog’s seventh anniversary, we’re giving away two autographed copies of The Wine Curmudgeon’s Guide to Cheap Wine. This is the final of five daily giveaways; check out this post to see what we gave away this year.

Complete contest rules are here. Pick a number between 1 and 1,000 and leave it in the comment section of this post. You can’t pick a number someone else has picked, and you need to leave your guess in the comments section of this post — no email entries or entries on other posts. Unless the number is in the comments section of this post, the entry won’t count.

If you get the blog via email or RSS, you need to go to this post on the website to enter (click the link to get there). At about 5 p.m. central today, I’ll go to random.org and generate the winning number. The person whose entry is closest to that number gets the autographed books.

Thanksgiving wine 2014

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Thanksgiving wine 2014The Wine Curmudgeon got a press release last week touting a big-time California producer’s five pinot noirs for Thanksgiving. Because, I suppose, we’re supposed to drink pinot noir for Thanksgiving.

Excuse me while I throw a fit. Is this 1985, when we could only drink certain wines with certain foods at certain times? Of course not. This is the 21st century, when we can drink what we want when we want with whatever food we want. Which makes Thanksgiving the greatest wine holiday in the world, since it is about and variety and being thankful for all those choices.

Guidelines for holiday wine buying are here; this year’s suggestions are after the jump:

Seven years of wine writing on the Internet

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wine writingThe 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?

The catch? That writing about wine on the Internet is as financially unrewarding as it was when I started, which is the lesson for the blog’s seventh annual birthday week. The Internet isn’t interested in wine writing; rather, it rewards selling and marketing wine. More, after the jump:

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