Category Archives: Not wine related

Memorial Day 2014


The blog is mostly off today for the Memorial Day holiday, but will be back tomorrow with our usual features. Until then, John Fogerty in a 2005 live performance of “Lodi” (courtesy of Mi NaNi at YouTube) — maybe the best song ever written about rock ‘n roll as a job: “If I only had a dollar, for every song I’ve sung/And every time I’ve had to play/While people sat there drunk.” Takes a lot of the shine off the sex and drugs bit, doesn’t it?

And who knew Lodi would one day come to mean wine country?

Happy Holidays 2013

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Bruce Springsteen’s “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” is a holiday tradition on the blog, and it never fails to amaze me how many terrific versions are available. This video, courtesy of s1buy at YouTube, is a little grainy, but features The Boss, Clarence Clemons, and the E Street Band in its best Santy Claus form. Enjoy the holiday with people you care about and your favorite wine.

The Wine Curmudgeon will return tomorrow with New Year’s sparkling wine suggestions, and more wine for the New Year on Monday. The 2014 $10 Hall of Fame will be announced on Jan. 6.

A few words about that ice storm


If the the blog seems to be missing a little something this week, it’s because of the ice storm that hit Dallas last Thursday and has caused widespread power outages. Mine isn’t back on yet, and may not be until tomorrow. I’ve spent the weekend trying to charge my laptop and phone, find a warm place to sleep, and locate an Internet connection so I can post to the web site. I have to admit — even my patience is wearing thin, and I’m generally pretty good about these things. First world problems, and all that.

Also, I haven’t been able to send any of the prizes from birthday week, which were going out end of last week. But they should be dispatched this week after power has returned. That’s also the case for anyone who ordered cheap wine books; they’ll go out as soon as I can get in the office and turn things on.

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