More Please!

Every year in the lead-up to New Years, I buy panettone. Not just one of the golden-topped Champagne-cork-shaped breads—many of them. Which I then devour with glasses of fizzy moscato or keemun tea. But this… Continue reading


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

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

Drinking the Least Bad Wine

Desperate times call for desperate drinking

A Guest Blog by Kelli White Note from Karen: My friend Kelli White is a sommelier and author. Her book “Napa Valley, Then & Now” is one of the definitive texts on Napa Valley wines.… 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

Oh Canada

Oh Canada

Recently, I was in Ontario at the International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration to give the keynote speech (title: The Theory of Cool). Over the course of 3 days, I tasted a slew of chardonnays and… Continue reading


Diamond Creek

In 1968, when Boots and Al Brounstein founded their winery Diamond Creek on Napa Valley’s Diamond Mountain, the going price for a bottle of great Napa Cabernet was $5. (Just about the only wine that… Continue reading

The Judge and The Master

“The clusters look like mice hanging upside down by their tails.” This was John Kongsgaard, describing his chardonnay grapes which are denuded on all sides of their leafy clothing and left entirely naked and exposed… Continue reading

The Sensory Appeal of Tokaji

Wholly unique. Widely misunderstood. Genius. Tokaji is as savory and refreshing as it is sweet. Indeed, the wine may well be the most truly balanced wine in the world for, in the same split second,… Continue reading