by Victoria James

BOOK REVIEW For several years in the 1980s, I was the wine buyer for a hip New York restaurant. Back then in the city, there weren’t many people who called themselves sommeliers. And most of… Continue reading

The Eagle Doesn’t Scream

A Visit to Screaming Eagle

The following blog is based on a piece originally written in the fall of 2018, and has been revised for this Special Edition of WineSpeed devoted to Oakville, Napa Valley.    A recent morning tasting… Continue reading

Why Wine Matters

Reprinted from October 5, 2015   What is it about wine that I hold so deeply? What is this endless attachment? I have always known what it is not. It’s not about scoring or competitive… Continue reading


Guest Blog by Anne-Marie Failla Note from Karen: Anne-Marie Failla, the newest member of our team at Karen MacNeil & Co. takes “research” seriously. Here’s everything you wanted to know about the best egg nog. Oops, I… Continue reading


photo of old vine

I once found myself staring at a grenache vineyard in the southern Rhône Valley, along with a young California winemaker and a famous French winemaker. The latter was showing us the old vineyard that had… Continue reading

Truly Hard to Swallow

Asbestos in Wine?

Drawing by Nina Rosas-Asbestos in Wine

Guest Blog by Nina Rosas Note from Karen: Our friend Nina Rosas, a lover of wine who has worked in the industry for over 20 years, spent hours researching this alarming piece on the historic… Continue reading

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