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Labor Day 2015

The blog is mostly off today for the holiday, but will return on Tuesday with our usual features, including the Wine Curmudgeon’s annual visit to the Kerrville Fall Music Festival and an update on my El Centro wine class.

Until then, Linda Ronstadt from 1978’s “FM” — not much of a movie, but a reminder about why we once bought Ronstadt’s records not only for the music, but for the cover photos. Those of us who whine about how difficult our lives are should think about Ronstadt. And yes, that’s Martin Mull introducing Ronstadt and the incomparable Waddy Wachtel on lead guitar. (Video courtesy of John1948EightB at YouTube.)

Memorial Day 2015

The blog is off today for the holiday, but will return tomorrow with our usual features. Until then, enjoy this 1964 episode of The Avengers TV series, where John Sneed executes perhaps the best spit I’ve ever seen (and certainly better than I can do); Mrs. Peel looks ravishing, despite a poor choice in hair styles; and they deflate a couple of wine snobs who badly need deflating. The video is courtesy of Hudson Winter via YouTube.

Happy New Year 2015

The blog is off today for New Year’s, but will return tomorrow with our usual features in the run-up to the 2015 $10 Hall of Fame, which arrives on Monday.

A tip o’ the Wine Curmudgeon’s fedora to blog visitor John Hammer for passing along this video, which not only puts wine into perspective, but is funny. Who knew Vikings didn’t like oaky chardonnay? (Video is courtesy of Holidaytravel tvspots via YouTube.)

Happy New Year from the Wine Curmudgeon.

Fourth of July 2014

The blog is mostly off today for the holiday, but will return on Monday with our usual features, including the cheap wine book giveaway with Jon Thorsen, the Reverse Wine Snob. Enjoy July 4, and especially this video — Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, and Dolly Parton from the incredible Trio II, singing “High Sierra” (courtesy of jpspanishfan2 at YouTube). Harmony doesn’t get much better than this.

And you don’t have to be of a certain age to understand what music lost when Ronstadt, who has Parkinson’s, realized she couldn’t sing anymore.