Wine and Emotion

A Winemaker’s Thoughts

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Chris Carpenter has been the longtime winemaker of Cardinale, La Jota, Lokoya, and Mt. Brave—four top estates—all in the Napa Valley. Last year I asked him about wine’s connection to emotion. What is it about… Continue reading

Who Doesn’t Love to be Seized…?

A Review of Drinking with the Valkyries by Andrew Jefford

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I read recently about a dangerous animal quest. Two friends, a writer and a biologist, spend several grueling months trekking into the Himalayas to catch a glimpse of one of the world’s most elusive animals:… Continue reading

Is Natural Wine Going Off the Deep End?

A WineSpeed reader recently sent me this article: Shitting Good. That’s What I Like About Natural Wine. In addition to the crude title (unless maybe the wine had a weird manifestation of Brettanomyces?), the piece… 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

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

Wine Versus Food

(In Surprising and Important Ways)

For the last 8,000 years, wine’s closest companion has been food. Indeed, the two are so close that they are often thought of as inseparable. In Italy for example, when someone drinks too much, they… Continue reading