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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 »

Thursday Birthday Week giveaway: VinGarde Valise

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112014And the winner is: Darcy, who selected 475; the winning number was 369 (screenshot to the left). Thanks to everyone who participated. Tomorrow’s giveaway, the final one for Birthday Week, is the cheap wine book — two autographed copies just in time for the holidays.


Today, to celebrate the blog’s seventh anniversary, we’re giving away The VinGarde Valise, the ultimate wine bottle suitcase. In addition, Wine Curmudgeon readers who like VinGarde on its Facebook page between now and next Thursday will get a 10 percent coupon if they buy the luggage through its website. This is the fourth of five daily giveaways; check out this post to see the prizes for the rest of the week.

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 Vingarde.

Wednesday Birthday Week giveaway: $50 Wine.com gift card

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111914And the winner is: asb, who selected 840; the winning number was 870 (screenshot to the right). Thanks to everyone who participated, Tomorrow’s giveaway is The VinGarde Valise, the ultimate wine bottle suitcase, plus discounts for those who want to buy one.


Today, to celebrate the blog’s seventh anniversary, we’re giving away a $50 gift card from Wine.com, and thank you very much to the people at Wine.com for their continuing contribution to the cause — the third year in a row they’ve donated the card. This is the third of five daily giveaways; check out this post to see the prizes for the rest of the week.

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 gift card.

Wine of the week: Castillo Perelada Brut Reserva NV

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Castillo Perelada Brut ReservaNothing 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., and the only cava for sale, even at many specialty retailers, was the Freixent black bottle.

Today, though, cava is everywhere, and it’s not unusual to see a half dozen labels at a grocery store. And why not? As the Perelada ($9, purchased, 11.5%) demonstrates, cava may be the best wine value in Spain, and Spain may offer the best wine value in the world. That’s a combination that’s difficult to pass up, especially during the blog’s birthday week.

The Perelada fits between Cristalino and Segura Viudas in style — not as simple as the former, but with its crispness, and more balanced than the latter, but with quality apple and lemon fruit. The bubbles, small and tight, are rarely found in sparking wine that is this inexpensive. And, though simple, it’s not stupid and isn’t as showy as the otherwise delicious Dibon.

Highly recommended, and maybe the best $10 cava I’ve tasted yet — impossibly well done for the price. Will join the Cristalino, Segura, and Dibon in the $10 Hall of Fame in January. Buy this for Thanksgiving, but make sure you buy enough, because everyone will want a taste.

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