CONFESSIONS OF A PANETTONE ADDICT

More Please!

Every year in the lead-up to New Years, I buy panettone. Not just one of the golden-topped Champagne-cork-shaped breads—many of them. Which I then devour with glasses of fizzy moscato or keemun tea. But this… Continue reading

BEING A WOMAN IN WINE IN THE TIME OF RECKONING

The 2nd Annual Report on the Status of Women in the Wine Industry

This is my second annual report on the status of women in the wine industry, and I think it will give every woman pause. The report was first published this month in SOMMJournal. Here it… Continue reading

The Sex Life of Wine Grapes

Right now, there’s a lot of sex in the vineyards. Strictly between the grapes of course. Cultivated vines are hermaphroditic (the reproductive organs of both sexes are simultaneously present). Thus, come spring, grapevines pollinate themselves.… Continue reading

THE NRA WINE CLUB—LOCKED AND LOADED

THE NRA WINE CLUB—LOCKED AND LOADED A Guest Blog by the HoseMaster Note from Karen: The HoseMaster is the funniest satirist writing about wine in the world today. Every one of his columns is hilarious,… Continue reading

Syrah, Unleashed

Like the kind of guy who wears cowboy boots with a tuxedo, syrah has a certain manly-yet-classy appeal.  In fact, at the turn of the twentieth century, the British scholar and wine writer George Saintsbury… Continue reading

LESS BUZZ – IT’S FINALLY HERE

The words “low-alcohol wine” make anyone who has ever tasted one, shudder. The wines are that bad.   But maybe not for very much longer.   As most wine drinkers know, the high alcohol levels… Continue reading

You Want Somm Brains

A fascinating new study has just been released from the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. The research suggests that continual sensory training and practice (like the kind that somms get in the course… Continue reading

Beyond Seduction

Wine has often been the beverage of seduction, no surprise there. But the other day, I read a fascinating study which that suggests that a person’s behavior when drunk is similar to that of a person… Continue reading