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 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

Why Wine Matters

By Karen MacNeil February 16, 2018 This Sunday is National Wine Day. In honor of that, I thought I’d amend my piece Why Wine Matters which forms the Introduction to the second edition of The… Continue reading

Your Wine Freedom

Did you know that 36 states don’t allow wine to be shipped to you from wine stores or retailers that aren’t located in your state? That means that when I or anyone else recommends a… Continue reading

Women and the Wine Industry

I want to end 2017 with the most important piece I’ve written all year: Beyond the Wine Glass—A New Glass Ceiling?  This article appears in the current edition of Somm Journal along with photos of… Continue reading

What Is a Sexy Wine?

Last week, WineSpeed reader Terry R. from Lincoln, California, wrote in with a question I’d never been asked before. Terry said, “I’ve seen you and other writers use the term ‘sexy wine.’ What exactly is… 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

The End of Nature?

If any industry should be panicked by Donald Trump’s decision to disengage the United States from the Paris climate accord, it is our own.  That decision—as depressing, infuriating, and frightening as it was—was also something… Continue reading

Should You Give Your Kids Wine?

In the Napa Valley where I live, most kids taste wine. I remember my own daughter—at 4 years old–sitting at the dinner table one night. She swirled her milk, sniffed it, smiled and said matter-of-factly:… 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