July 17, 2007

Two Buck Chuck Turns Five

When was the last time you paid $2 for a bottle of wine? We can tell you we never have, but the below article about Charles Shaw Chardonnay, aka Two Buck Chuck, is enough to make us want to move to the Left Coast.

Last year, Two Buck Chuck - available only in the Trader Joe's grocery chain and priced at $1.99 in California, hence its nickname - accounted for at least 8 percent of California wine sold in-state, said Jon Fredrikson, who tracks wine shipments through his Woodland-based company, Fredrikson, Gomberg & Associates. National market share figures are not available. A bottle can range as high as $3.49 elsewhere.
As high as $3.49 elsewhere? Say it ain't so! Don't let the high price keep you from going to Mercury News for more info. Oh, and if Chardnnay's not enough to uproot you, they have Cabernet as well.

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July 10, 2007

Cracking Down on Crazy Wine Tastings

Image from womenwithwine.blogspot.comApparently the fine folks of New York are having a tough time discerning between the proper locations for bachelorette parties, and wineries. Long Island has been swarmed by cackling, shrieking hordes that are upsetting the folks who are planning to spit the wine into a bucket, not throw it up there. Part of us wants the winos to get the sticks out of their asses, but the bachelorette ladies have to realize what setting they're in too.

As a local girl who grew up in a home where Coors Light and Zima were the drinks of choice at family parties, I’ve never been surprised that some of my fellow Long Islanders blur the line between a wine-tasting tour and a bar crawl. I’ve always loved the casual vibe of the North Fork tasting rooms, though I’ve never witnessed anything as extreme as “the bachelorette parties that often culminate in tabletop dances, to the horror of nearby oenophiles sniffing or sipping the local chardonnays.” Man, there’s no place like home.
The New York Times (subscription required) [via Chow Grinder]

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April 12, 2007

Washington Winery Needs a Name

Our friends over at Wine Enthusiast have let us know about an interesting conundrum being faced by a certain winery in Washington state. The Washington Wine Company is looking for a name for its new winery, and you have a chance to supply that name. The contest runs through May 30, but we're sure you're asking yourself "what's in it for me?"

You mean other than infamy in the Washington wine industry and the unending gratitude of the winery owners? Sounds like you get a little bit more out of it than that.

The winner of the contest will receive two cases of Washington Wine Co.’s best wine each year for a decade. The prize will also include an annual private wine tasting hosted by the winemaking staff when the winners come in to pick up their yearly cases of wine.
You had us at two cases of wine. WashingtonWineCompany via

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April 11, 2007

The 2007 Wino Sign Awards

A while back we did a roundup of bum wines, which we thought was funny and informative. That's not to say our audience is a bunch of winos just because they like to spend less than $20 on a bottle of vino - we just think it's a nice way to lighten the mood around here.

In a slightly-related twist, Modern Drunkard Magazine has put together its "2007 Wino Sign Awards" to commemorate the greatest signs ever waved in your face in an attempt to panhandle money. We like wine, they're winos - see the connection here? No indication of who actually voted or how many votes there were, but we've actually seen some of these signs in use so it's not like MDM just made this stuff up.

The votes have been tallied, the change has been counted, and the results are in. Modern Drunkard Magazine is proud to present the winners of this year's Wineys. God Bless.
See the signs for yourself at Modern Drunkard.

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April 5, 2007

Wine Labels That Make Pairing Easy

pastalabelfront.jpgThere are all sorts of new wines coming out that are trying to appeal to the common man (and woman) by using cute little furry creatures like penguins and kangaroos on them. Fine. Whatever floats your boat. We've just found something we like much better - wine that tells you what food to pair it with right on the label. "Wine that loves pasta and tomato sauce"? Bring it on.

Among the most ambitious is the San Francisco-based Amazing Food Wine Company. With its new brand, Wine That Loves, co-founder Tracy Gardner says he's aiming to create a new category of wines classified not by what's in them but by what foods they go best with, using names such as "Wine That Loves Pasta with Tomato Sauce," and "Wine That Loves Roast Chicken."
from BusinessWeek

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March 20, 2007

Second Life Winery

As you know, we're always on the lookout for a cheap bottle of vino here at Cheap Fun Wines, and we're starting to think the cheapest bottle might be...a virtual one?

That's right, we're starting to hear rumors of virtual wineries (or at least one) popping up on Second Life, that media darling that we're apparently too darned old to understand. From what we can gather, it's a Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG) that has no real point, but there are sub-games that people can set up to play. Maybe we're off base here - or maybe we're just really old.

Anyway, the Second Life winery looks really interesting - they've bought a (virtual) island where you can (virtually) harvest your own grapes, make your own (virtual) wine, and (virtually) cellar it. Is it too much to ask that we can stick our tongues in the USB drive and get virtually drunk? Anyway, it's being created by the Caprozzi Family Winery, who also make wine in real life as well. As much as we might want to pick on Second Life, this is a cool way to get the word out about a new winery, we've got to say. See below for more information about the winery in the game (and a link to the blog of the real-life one).

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January 29, 2007

Get Your Mead On

There's something cool about mead. For one thing it's honey wine, so you if you have enough of it you can act like a drunken Pooh Bear. For two, it's just had a long and complex history...did you know the term "honeymoon" is rooted in mead? Yup, that's right. We found a cool mead-related video on Travelistic, complete with a recipe for brewing your own. Have at it!

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January 24, 2007

WineZap Mobile Wine Price Search

Wine Shopping BasketThere are times when you need a little extra information about the wine you're buying, whether you're comparing multiple bottles or just looking for a particular type. We just found out about a service called WineZap, a mobile wine search tool that lets you look for wines by type, by price, by food pairing, and more, all from your cell phone.

Sounds like a pretty good deal, especially considering it's all free.

The WineZap Mobile Search service is free and simple to use. Browse to using a mobile device’s built in web browser. The application recognizes all the major mobile device browsers and will automatically load the mobile optimized search engine.

The pricing and retailer information is from WineZap’s advanced search engine. The system collects wine pricing information from over 700 U.S. retailers, normalizes the data and aggregates it.

WineZap [via PressZoom]

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January 23, 2007

Winemakers Worry About Global Warming

Harvesting Wine GrapesWe've had a crazy warm winter here in New England, at least up until the last few days anyway. In fact, it's been warm enough to convince even the most hardened anti-global warming nut. And there are some people out there who don't need a lot of convincing that global warming could be a bad idea - there are those in the wine industry who are starting to shake in their boots a bit too. We're not nuts about warming, but maybe you should be a bit nervous too - bad wine years could lead to higher prices.

Frank Mitolo, of Mitolo Wines in Australia's McLaren Vale, describes the situation as, 'one of the scariest periods in history in terms of weather patterns and the impact on our agriculture.'

'It is quite a wake-up call to anyone believing that global warming isn't their concern,' said Mitolo. 'Even if it's not on your doorstep, at the very least it's still going to tiptoe up and make itself felt on your supermarket shopping bill.” - Winemakers fear 2007 global warming threat

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January 16, 2007

HBO Promotes Rome with Wine

romewine.jpgWe just read on YumSugar that HBO plans to promote its Rome series with an interesting little promotion - they're giving away free wine. We're not exactly sure the connection...probably just the whole Italian thing, but we thought it was kind of cool, it being free and all.

Leave it to the folks over at the premium cable channels to come up with another fun marketing campaign. This time HBO has graced 100 Italian restaurants in LA, NY and Chicago with bottles of Rome wine. The cabernet sauvingnon, which is bottled in California, will be offered free to patrons. Each table will have a card that states:

And our house wine tonight is brought to you by HBO. A taste of 'Rome' awaits you. Ask server for details.

yumsugar - A Taste of Rome

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