Friday, January 25, 2013

Everything you need to know about cheap wine from someone who has made it his life’s work

I'm not talking about myself. I'm talking about my friend Jeff Siegel, aka The Wine Curmudgeon. Jeff has decided to write a book about cheap wine. Not bad wine, not inferior wine, but good wine that won't break the bank. Jeff, who also is the co-founder of Drink Local Wine, has devoted the majority of his blog to the topic of cheap wine. He believes (correctly) that wine made from places other than California and wine that costs less than $10 per bottle can be very enjoyable and shouldn't be scoffed at.

Unfortunately, many consumers are intimidated by the overwhelming number of choices at the local liquor store (or those of you not in Colorado, your grocery store). Wine is a product that is meant to be enjoyed by more than just the Chablis and Brie crowd. But there are lots of choices when it comes to wine. Once you get past the funny tasting notes and meaningless scores, wine offers many different pleasures. You can share it with friends and families. You use it to complement meals. You can celebrate or console yourself. Jeff is writing this book to help regular people (the 99% if you will) feel confident about buying and drinking wine. Jeff loves wine and wants to share his passion with others.

But to do so, Jeff needs your help. He has decided to use Kickstarter (a crowd-funding website) to raise funds for the design and publication of the book. I already made a pledge and now it is your turn. I think what Jeff does (and says) is important, and so should you. You've probably seen the recent stories about how 3 large wine corporations control 51% of all American wine production. Most of those companies brands are amongst the cheap wine category. But they're not the only wineries making cheap wine. Jeff's book should provide a much-needed insight into how you can make sure that you'll enjoy and feel good about the cheap wine you buy. Plus, it is always fun to make a self-proclaimed curmudgeon smile just a bit!

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