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The Biggest Wine Question of All Time

I’ve always found it remarkable that few wine books address the issue of what makes great wine great. That’s probably the biggest WINE QUESTION of all time…yet, startlingly, almost no one talks about it. Fifteen years ago, I started thinking … Continue reading

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Champagne

As every wine store in the country fills up with Champagne and sparkling wine, I’m still left wondering why an estimated 40% of all sparklers are sold between now and New Year’s. Forty percent! That means people (at least, Americans) … Continue reading

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The Back Label: 10,000 Hours Works Magic

Have you ever worried about how you’ll remember a wine’s flavors and aromas after several days have passed?  Well, as it turns out, all it takes is 10,000 hours. What’s your favorite method for remembering the taste of your favorite … Continue reading

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On The Voice of a Place and On Being Swept Away

  Today I had a moment that jolted me back to an essential emotion in wine. It was early in the morning and I was having coffee with Agustin Huneeus (senior) who along with his wife Valeria and son Agustin, … Continue reading

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The Amazing World of Long Meadow Ranch

I just spent the day with Ted Hall who I think is among the top ten game-changers who are advancing the culture of wine and food in America. Hall, a Stanford MBA and longtime McKinsey executive, owns Long Meadow Ranch, … Continue reading

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The Back Label – Sauvignon Blanc on Valium

Welcome to my brand new video series, “The Back Label with Karen MacNeil.” Check out my YouTube Channel and learn how stiletto heels and cat piss relate to one of summer’s most drinkable wines. And remember these informative videos and … Continue reading

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My Conversation with Antoine–The Future of Araujo

  Last week I met with Antoine Donnedieu de Vabres, CFO and acting general manager of Araujo, under its new ownership by Bordeaux’s Chateau Latour. The acquisition—for an undisclosed amount rumored to be around $80 million—took place last June. But … Continue reading

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Exciting New Projects Afoot!

Dear Friends and Fellow Wine Lovers, I have a score of exciting new projects in the works right now. Check them out: • The NEW Wine Bible—after 5 years of research, writing and tasting 10,000 wines, I FINISHED IT! Look … Continue reading

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What Green Means

At the fantastic New Zealand Winegrowers master class and tasting on Tuesday with Oz Clarke, Ted Lemon, and Mike Weersing, I found myself thinking about what green means. Anyone who comes away from a tasting of New Zealand sauvignon blancs … Continue reading

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On the Value of Corruption in Wine

The description “fruity” has become such a positive in the last two decades that what I’m about to suggest may seem surprising, even sacrilegious. First let me say, I love fruit in wine. I just tasted Ridge’s newly released “Ponzo” … Continue reading

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