Wine Curmudgeon will sell blog to Wine Spectator

“Bring on the scores – 90 points for everyone!”

Jeff Siegel, the Wine Curmudgeon, who has spent the past decade extolling the virtues of cheap wine while skewering wine’s foolishness and snobbery, has had enough. He will sell the blog to the Wine Spectator on April 1; on that date, it will immediately begin using scores, running tasting notes no one can understand, writing about wine that isn’t available to buy, and being as arrogant as possible.

“What’s the point in doing what I’ve been doing?” said Siegel. “No one cares, either among consumers or producers. They just want to drink what the Spectator tells them to drink, and they want to pay two or three times what the wine is worth because it’s in the Spectator. I want to get in on that gravy train.”

A Spectator spokeswoman, who declined to be identified because she was too embarrassed to be quoted in a story about Siegel, said the magazine bought the blog because it was tired of being the butt of so many of its jokes. That included the special Curmudgie award it received every December as well as the blog’s annual April 1 post.

“On the one hand, it’s not like anyone cares about what Siegel writes,” she said. “Who really wants to drink cheap wine? And the few people who read him aren’t really good enough to read our magazine anyway. But some of the old white guys here figured we should shut him up before he causes any trouble.”

Financial terms were not disclosed, but a source close to Siegel laughed when asked how much money changed hands. “Money?” said the source. “Money? When has Siegel ever made a dime off his wine writing?”

More April 1 wine news:
Big Wine to become one company
Wine Spectator: If you can’t buy it, we won’t review it
Supreme Court: Regulate wine writing through three-tier system

5 thoughts on “Wine Curmudgeon will sell blog to Wine Spectator

  • By J. Satek - Reply

    The early bird catches the word. #WellDone

  • By Tina B. - Reply

    I saw the subject line and went “Oh no! I just subscribed to the site and they’re doing what?” And THEN I remembered what tomorrow is and I had a very good laugh! You sort of pulled the same stunt as my local cigar store/lounge, which announced last year it was going out of business and everything down to the rafters were for sale. You heard the collective screaming all over the city. The owner had to get on Twitter and Facebook to announce it was all a joke. Many were talked down from high buildings on hearing the good news! Well, he just pulled the stunt again for 2017. There was an email announcing his going out of business sale on April 1st.

    If anything, Wine Spectator should sell to you! I’ve only been a subscriber a week or less and I love how you write to we wine lovers who can’t afford a $150 WS recommendation with only 6 available bottles! Thanks for the laugh!

    • By Wine Curmudgeon - Reply

      Thanks to all for the kind words. It’s all about making us smile in this silly, confusing world of wine. And I did the post on Friday since I don’t do anything on Saturday.

  • By Marina - Reply

    Magnificent piece! I truly enjoyed this!

  • By Neil Pithadia - Reply

    Thanks for the chuckle, Jeff. Hope all is well with you in Dallas. Your former student and friend, Neil.

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