The Wine Curmudgeon mentions this as part of my decades-long campaign to demystify the wine business, on the assumption that consumers will drink more wine and enjoy it more if they understand it. Also, to remind my colleagues that most U.S. wine drinkers don’t care about toasty and oaky, points, or orange wine. They want affordable quality, and quality is not measured by most of the foolishness we bore them with.
Because, as another video participant says, “Oh, these wines, they really taste like something you’d pour on a cut.”
The Wine Curmudgeon has often lamented the quality of wine humor, but here is something that’s not only funny, but entirely too accurate. Consider just these two lines from a fake commercial for a product called Second Cheapest Wine: “You don’t know much about wine, but you do know that you shouldn’t get the cheapest. That’s why we make it easy for you to get the Second Cheapest.”
The bit takes on restaurants, wine snobs, wine education, and wine stores — and all in only 1:19. And with impressive production values. This is so good, in fact, that I should send the authors a copy of the cheap wine book.
Yes, that Thunderbird (which the audience appreciates, too). That’s the legendary Texas singer and songwriter Townes Van Zandt performing, and the problems he had with the grape are, sadly, all too obvious on the video.
The video is courtesy of musicloveraustira2 via YouTube. And, for the young people in the audience, talking blues is a style popularized by Woody Guthrie and performed by a list of notable country and folk singers, including Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash. Why is it called talking blues? Watch and find out.