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Happy New Year 2019

The blog is off today for New Year’s, but will return tomorrow with our usual features. We’ll announce the second annual Wine Curmudgeon Cheap Wine of the Year on Thursday and the 2019 $10 Hall of Fame will post on Friday.

Today, one way to start your new year: Fair warning: It hurt me just watch it, and it’s only 15 seconds long (video courtesy of Once Upon a Wine via YouTube).

Happy New Year from the Wine Curmudgeon.

Happy Holidays 2018

Bruce Springsteen’s “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” is a holiday tradition on the blog, and this is one of the most legendary versions — Dec. 8, 1978 in Houston. To quote the Houston Press:

“ZAP! He ran from one end of the stage to the other like a manic little rooster, now doing a long slide on his knees while wailing on guitar, now diving out in the crowd to stalk the aisle with Clarence Clemons honking saxophone behind him, now jumping on top of a bank of amps and then taking the great leap off, now resting quiet, yet coiled, in front of the mike for a low sotto voce endearment and, always, always, giving his all — a heart on fire with rock and roll.”

The picture isn’t the best, given the limits of technology 40 years ago. But it almost doesn’t matter. Enjoy the holiday with people you care about and your favorite wine. (Video courtesy of Christmas Express at YouTube.)

The Wine Curmudgeon will return tomorrow with our regular features, including New Year’s sparkling wine suggestions on Thursday. The 2018 Wine of the Year will be announced on Jan. 3, with the 2019 $10 Hall of Fame following on Jan. 4.

Happy New Year 2018

The blog is off today for New Year’s, but will return tomorrow with our usual features. We’ll announce the first Wine Curmudgeon Cheap Wine of the Year on Thursday and the 2018 $10 Hall of Fame will post on Friday.

Today, someone who loves cookies the way most of us love wine — Sesame Street’s Cookie Monster singing “C is for Cookies.” Video courtesy of MarshalGrover at YouTube.

Happy New Year from the Wine Curmudgeon.

Happy Holidays 2017

Where did they get all those Santa hats? Bruce Springsteen’s “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” is a holiday tradition on the blog. This performance is from a live show Dec. 6, 2012, in Glendale, Az. Video courtesy of Cardiffilms at YouTube. Enjoy the holiday with people you care about and your favorite wine.

The Wine Curmudgeon will return tomorrow with our regular features, including New Year’s sparkling wine suggestions on Thursday. The 2018 $10 Hall of Fame will be announced on Jan. 5.

Memorial Day 2017

The blog is off today for the Memorial Day holiday, but will return tomorrow with our usual features. Until then, Chuck Norris for the holiday, from the first season of “Walker, Texas Ranger,” which was shot in Dallas. We we would see Chuck around town all the time when the series was in production; I think this scene was shot at the Galleria shopping mall in north Dallas. The video is courtesy of Burnet240 via YouTube.