THE HISTORY OF SAUVIGNON BLANC

Plus, the Musqué Muddle

Sauvignon blanc is one of the few grape varieties that makes delicious wines all over the world. (Most varieties are confined to just a small handful of places). But where did it come from? Who… Continue reading

TEN OF THE GREATEST NAPA VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNONS

Plus, the Seven Attributes All Great Cabernets Share

I’ve recently tasted a slew of mind-blowing Napa Valley cabernets—wines that stop you in your tracks; wines that make you wonder how wine can taste and feel that damn good. And of course, these wines… Continue reading

WHY DO WE LOVE ROSÉ?

Over the last couple of years, the increase in rosé sales has been so astronomical that wineries you’d never imagine making a rosé are making one. (Harlan and Screaming Eagle are still holding out). The… Continue reading

THE LAST TRUE THINGS

My Commencement Speech at the CIA

Yesterday, I had the honor of giving the commencement speech at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone for the students in the Accelerated Culinary Arts Program and Wine and Beverage Graduate Certificate Program. The… Continue reading

AUSTRALIA’S EXCITING MUST-TASTE WINES

No country’s wines have been stereotyped more than Australia’s. When we think of them, we often think: big, thick, soft, and simple. But Australia makes scores of beautifully delineated, complex wines that are both structured… Continue reading

ALL ABOUT SHERRY

SPAIN'S GREATEST WINE

As Champagne is in France or Port is in Portugal, Sherry is Spain’s most complex and labor-intensive wine.  It was also once Spain’s (maybe the world’s) most tragically forgotten wine. But in the last few… 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

BEST WINE GIFTS

By Karen MacNeil and the WineSpeed Team   Chances are you need gifts. And we’ve got ideas for some great ones. From the serious to the sublime, and from the funny to the fascinating, here… Continue reading