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

The Eagle Doesn’t Scream

A Visit to Screaming Eagle

A recent morning tasting Screaming Eagle has convinced me of one thing: it doesn’t scream. But it does soar with such an incredible lightness of being it hardly seems corporeal. I was more than impressed… Continue reading

Should Wine and Food Get Divorced?

Since its origin approximately 8,000 years ago, wine has always had a constant companion: food. For most of European history, little distinction was drawn between the two. Wine was food.  It was as intimate a… 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

A STORY—50+ YEARS OLD—REVEALED

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

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

On the Madness of Wine and Language

Wine’s closest companion for the last 8,000 years has been food. The two are so close that they are often thought of as inseparable. In Italy for example, when someone drinks too much, they don’t say,… Continue reading