DO OLD VINES MATTER?

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

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

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

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

THE END OF EISWEIN?

An Interview with Johannes Selbach

Several WineSpeed readers have written in worried about the future of eiswein, one of the most spectacular sweet wines in the world—and one of the most difficult to make. Is eiswein doomed thanks to global… Continue reading