The blog moves to a paid newsletter on March 15

How can anyone not subscribe to a wine blog where the associate editor is this cute?

The paid version of the Wine Curmudgeon starts on March 15 — and lots of you are coming along

The free version of the blog ends a week from today, and response to subscriptions has been amazing. I’ve already made more money in a week than I would have made in two years from ads. Thank you.

Starting March 15, you’ll have to subscribe to get some of the most honest, straightforward wine writing on the Internet. Current subscribers can continue for a 20 percent discount — just $56 a year. Click this link to subscribe. And, as a bonus, no more ads, either here or in the newsletter. I’ve turned off the ads on the site starting today.

Because, as one reader wrote me, “I have always thought I got your true opinion on value wines not tainted by big money. No one was paying you for favorable press.”

Otherwise, nothing will change. You’ll still get all of the same features and the blog will still focus on the wine that most of us can afford to buy – wine costing less than $15 (and usually much less than that). The Hall of Fame and Cheap Wine of the Year aren’t going anywhere, and you’ll still get 52 wines of the week that focus on value and quality. In addition, subscribers will get access to some 13 years of wine writing and almost 4,00 posts.

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12 thoughts on “The blog moves to a paid newsletter on March 15

  • By Marty -

    “I’ve already made more money in a week than I would have made in two years from ads.”
    How did you choose the subscription amount? It seems quite high compared to other blogs that I pay for or donate to. Those are closer to $1-$2/month but they might have a much larger subscriber base.

    • By Wine Curmudgeon -

      How did I choose? I asked people who do similar things. And I like to think that I’m worth my than $1 a month. Which, of course, you’re free to disagree with.

  • By John Brooks -

    I more than enjoy reading this and do so every time you post. HOWEVER I almost never find any of the wines you talk about in my San Francisco bay Area location. I don’t mind paying but for me to pay I need you to tell me WHERE to buy the wines you talk about.


    John brooks

    • By Wine Curmudgeon -

      Most of the wines should be available through or a good independent — sorry to see you go.

      • By Karen -

        I have the same issue as John Brooks mentioned he has in the San Francisco area. I am in Charlotte NC and I can never find the wines in my area either. I have found a number of them on; however, they are always more money by a $1 or $2 per bottle than mentioned in the blog. Shipping costs are really high too. From time to time, they offer various promo codes like 10% off if you buy 12 bottles but shipping on that is almost $40 which basically adds another $3+ dollars to the per bottle price. Plus, that’s not really a discount since the mark up is the $1 or $2 more than the blog on most just so they can rope you into 12 bottles. You can buy “free shipping” for $49 per year that auto renews to your credit card annually. You’d have to buy a good bit of wine from them to justify that extra expense just to try a bottle of wine. It pays for itself IF you buy a case but most people don’t want to shell out $100 – $150 for 12 bottles of wine they don’t know for certain they’ll like. We know you do because the wines are mentioned in your blog but it kind of defeats the purpose of wanting to buy cheap wine that’s enjoyable if you can’t taste it before making a big wallet hit commitment. The average person also probably doesn’t have a wine chiller to store 12 or more bottles in either. There are a ton of wine sites that offer free shipping on 4, 6, and 12 or more bottles vs forcing you to pay for free shipping. Just my 2 cents of feedback.

        Like Jeff, I appreciate and have enjoyed your wonderful blog. I’ll have to weigh out if I want to pay for knowledge on wines not really readily accessible to me to try from somewhere else besides I look up every recommendation you list in your blog, hoping one day that it’ll be available somewhere like Total Wine where I can purchase a bottle locally to try. I have no issues (personally) buying a case of a wine once I’m positive I’ll like it enough to invest $100+ or more on it. I have wine chiller storage capacity for 400 bottles at my house.


    Hey WC.

    I’m in! It’ll be nice to not be interrupted by the ads. I’m surprised to hear from folks that have trouble finding the wines you write about. I live in a small market area (Tucson, AZ) and I’m able to find many of your wines. Admittedly, not usually at Total Wine or BevMo, but after an e-mail to the distributor or a phone call I generally find it at a smaller specialty retailer. Good cheap wine is worth a little extra effort.

    As far as cost, I save way, way more money than your subscription price each year buying quality wines at low prices to enjoy. Last year you turned me on to the Gamay from Touraine for $11 that I guzzled by the case. It was my house red. It wasn’t at Total but I found it at Time Market, a GREAT bakery with a small retail wine section. Just one man’s opinion, but I’m all-in. Keep the good cheap wine info coming.

    • By Karen -

      You are lucky then. Most of us can’t find the wines outside of the joke of purchasing through with their “hostage” purchase of “free shipping” for $49 per year plus the $1 to $2 mark up per bottle to offset their “10% discount” on a case of $40 dollars shipping unless you buy their “free shipping” for $49 a year. I order many wines with a vast collection. Cheaper wines for every day drinking I appreciate vs cellaring or more expensive wines. But, most of us can’t find these wines to try. That’s the point.

  • By O.P.H. -

    I will not be following you. I can barely afford an internet connection and would rather spend the money on wine instead of reading about it in any event. Thanks for your past efforts.

    • By Steven M. Hall -

      Yeah, $1.06 a week is a real deal breaker…SMH

      • By O.P.H. -

        Well, $7 a month is almost 1 % of my $741 social security check. Currently I can buy Domaine Bousquet organic Malbec for $7.99 which at my usual 4 oz. once or twice a week lasts 3-6 weeks so a no-brainer for me which to choose. My best friend, just turned 82 yo, and his wife gave up drinking wine last year so they could get and feed a dog. They are offgrid so have no internet access so I have to print out and mail articles for them.

        I am happy for anyone for whom $7 a month to support good wine writers is not significant.

        • By Steven M. Hall -

          understood. If $7 is going to break your bank, you’ve got more important things to consider than a blog….But just like the winemaker and the import company and the wholesaler and the retailer must make a living selling you a bottle of Domaine Bousquet, wine writers don’t live on air. they too must make a living. So, happy trails to you and for those who can afford it, well, happpyt trails to you folks too!

  • By Eric -

    i will be continuing with a paid subscription.

    I like and appreciate the wine industry issues that you discuss. As for the wine recommendations, if i find them then i find them; if not, then there’s other wines to try – but at least you’ve pointed me to general categories (e.g. muscadet) that are undervalued

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