Michael Green, formerly of the late and much missed Gourmet, is the other moderator. The panel is top notch: Dr. Richard Becker of Texas’ Becker Vineyards; Ralf Holdenried of Napa’s William Hill; and Sergio Cuadra of Texas’ Fall Creek.
How to win (and these are the rules for all Wine Curmudgeon contests): Pick a number between 1 and 1,000 and leave it in the comments section of this post. At about 5 p.m. central today, I’ll go to random.org and generate the winning number. The person whose number is closest to the random number wins the prize — and no, you can’t pick a number someone else has picked. Only one entry per person.
The panel should be a lot of fun, if only because it will be moderated by Alfonso Cevola, the award-winning Italian Wine Guy. The other panelists include Dr. Richard Becker of Texas ? Becker Vineyards; Jim Collins of Frei Brothers (who kept one of my Cordon Bleu classes spellbound ? literally ? with a discussion of the best grape growing techniques); Ellen Flora of Domaine Chandon; Brian Maloney of Deloach and Buena Vista wineries; and Diego Pinilla of Bodegas Bilbainas.
We ?ll talk about wine. We ?ll taste wine. We ?ll probably even try and figure out what constitutes a modern lifestyle wine. I might even offer some cheap wine advice.