What Is a Sexy Wine?

Last week, WineSpeed reader Terry R. from Lincoln, California, wrote in with a question I’d never been asked before. Terry said, “I’ve seen you and other writers use the term ‘sexy wine.’ What exactly is… Continue reading


Wine is connection. It’s a bridge to friendship, sometimes in the most improbable ways. Like the November 17th edition of WineSpeed which brought together two respected men in the wine industry who discovered a special… Continue reading

Weingut Emmerich Knoll

In 2009, WineSpeed reader George Caloyannidis visited Emmerich Knoll, whose sensational grüner veltliner was the Wine to Know in last week’s WineSpeed. In this guest blog, George writes about his remarkable encounter. By George Caloyannidis… Continue reading

Sheer Deliciousness

By Karen MacNeil I’m guilty (like just about everyone else I know), of drinking Beaujolais once a year. Right now in November, when stores all over announce Le Beaujolais Est Arrivé! (The Beaujolais Has Arrived!)… Continue reading

How to Marry Rich
(And How to Help)

By Karen MacNeil Dungeness Crab season has just opened—the first time it’s opened before Thanksgiving for as long as I can remember. And just in the nick of time, because I need to drink some… Continue reading

Smoke Taint: What We Know

By Karen MacNeil October 24, 2017 N95 meant nothing to me three weeks ago. But then the menacing smoky wildfires ringing Napa and Sonoma began. By the third soupy gray day, I owned an N95… Continue reading

Oh Canada

Oh Canada

Recently, I was in Ontario at the International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration to give the keynote speech (title: The Theory of Cool). Over the course of 3 days, I tasted a slew of chardonnays and… Continue reading

The End of Nature?

If any industry should be panicked by Donald Trump’s decision to disengage the United States from the Paris climate accord, it is our own.  That decision—as depressing, infuriating, and frightening as it was—was also something… Continue reading

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