? GrapeFest People ?s Choice awards: One reason why the Wine Curmudgeon loves the event so much is because ordinary wine drinkers get to be completely honest about what they like. And this year, they liked mead ? more specifically, mead from Purple Possum Winery in Navasota, Texas. The cranberry and habanero meads won their categories. And you know what? I have never been able to figure out what people like about mead.
? Updating the ultimate wine textbook: There ?s a new version, with a new title, of the industry ?s standard text. WineWise: Your Complete Guide to Understanding, Selecting, and Enjoying Wine, written by Culinary Institute of American professors Steven Kolpan, Brian H. Smith, and Michael A. Weiss. It ?s $29.95, and should be out by the end of the month. It ?s highly recommended (though the authors should know by now to include more about Texas).
? Wine intern meets wine harvest: The farming and production part of wine making is, to put it politely, a lot of work. William Goebel, an intern at Folie a Deux Winery, which makes some nice $10 wine (even some more expensive stuff) has decided to write about his experience, and it ?s a lot of fun to read. My favorite, in a post about barrel samples: ?That ?s it, I have to give up, bed time at 6:45pm. ? That ?s the Wine Curmudgeon ?s kind of guy.