Wine knowledgeable Karen MacNeil says that: “A life with wine is so much richer and more delicious than a life without it!” And, we couldn’t agree extra. Life IS higher with wine (carefully, clearly).
And, that will help you love what’s in your glass much more, we requested Karen 10 of our burning vino-related questions. As the writer of The Wine Bible (which, simply had its third version launched and is taken into account the bestselling wine e-book in America, with greater than 800,000 copies in print), she fairly actually wrote the e-book on wine.
For somebody who’s new to wine, what do you assume the easiest way to make use of / learn The Wine Bible is?
Karen MacNeil: Just open the e-book wherever and begin studying! There are fascinating aspect containers and tales on each web page. Most folks learn The Wine Bible (WB) on this unconventional method. It’s additionally enjoyable to purchase a bottle of wine, search for that area within the WB, and skim when you sip.
What are a few of the updates on this model that you just’re most enthusiastic about and why?
Karen: I like the model new chapter on Great Britain, which is now making scrumptious glowing wines which have quite a bit in frequent with Champagne. Climate change has damage many wine areas, nevertheless it has benefitted England, making the local weather conducive to nice wine. I additionally love the brand new chapter known as “In the Beginning … Wine in the Ancient World.” Fascinating!
If persons are fascinated with making an attempt one thing new and completely different from the same old Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Cabs which might be discovered on most wine lists and grocery retailer cabinets, are there any wine areas or grapes that you just counsel folks attempt? Any hidden values?
Karen: Spain and Portugal make sensational wines from native varieties like Tempranillo and Touriga Nacional (each pink grapes). The wine tradition in these two nations is historic, the wines are incredible and they’re STEALS! Many terrific wines underneath $25.
If somebody needs to start studying about wine however is overwhelmed and doesn’t know the place to start out, the place ought to they begin?
Karen: Wine may be very welcoming. It actually doesn’t matter the place you begin. Just choose a rustic and begin consuming wines from there. If you drink the wines of 1 nation for say six months, you’ll uncover that you’ve really acquired a good suggestion of the flavors of these wines. Then transfer on to nation No. 2. And so on. Just start!
In your expertise, what’s probably the most broadly misunderstood factor about wine? Any frequent missteps newbies make?
Karen: People usually swallow wine too shortly. If you swallow too shortly you received’t style something and also you’ll don’t know how scrumptious the wine actually is.
What are a few of your favourite wine and meals pairings? Any that you’ve on the common or which may shock folks?
Karen: Champagne and potato chips are excessive on my record. Also rosé and grilled cheese sandwiches.
We’ve seen quite a lot of wines come in the marketplace which might be marketed particularly as low-calorie. Got ideas on these?
Karen: Low-calorie wines are sometimes extremely manipulated. I might slightly drink a half glass of the true factor than a glass of (often not excellent) low-calorie wine.
Have you seen any classes of wine or areas actually acquire in recognition this yr? Any you’ve seen folks lose curiosity in?
Karen: Wine curiosity is exploding throughout the globe. EVERYTHING is attention-grabbing.
Are there any wine traits you’re anticipating to see take off in 2023? Any you would like would fade away?
Karen: Wine takes time — years of time. Often it takes 10 years or extra to plant a winery and make and age a wine BEFORE it’s launched. Wine is the final word non-trend. I find it irresistible due to that.
We’re positive that is like asking you to choose a favourite baby, however should you might solely have three wines for the remainder of your life in your glass, what would they be?
Karen: Champagne (from France in fact), Pinot Noir from California and Oregon, German and Austrian Riesling.
An enormous due to Karen for taking the time to reply our questions! And, for the document, we couldn’t agree extra together with her ideas on low-calorie wine. Cheers, y’all! —Jenn
Some content material / images excerpted from The Wine Bible, third Edition by Karen MacNeil. Workman Publishing © 2022