It is coming and of course this is great news for all wine lovers. The last edition of The Wine Bible was released in 2000 and it is still the golden standard for every wine student. Now, this fall the second version will be released and expectations are very high. Karen MacNeil is giving us a glimpse of her new book.
Tell me about the difference between the last Wine Bible version and the new one.
“This second edition is larger and even more comprehensive, with chapters on Asia, Mexico, and Slovenia for example. The maps are all new—as are the photos and side boxes. Every chapter is completely re-written. But above all, I think I am now a better teacher—and I think that gives the book a special appeal to readers”.
What are the most recent changes you have witnessed in the wine industry?
“The development of a more casual, experimental approach by many consumers. Thanks in large part to social media, people get their information—including wine information—in fast, decentralized ways now”.
What are the new emerging countries for wine production?
“It seems like every wine producing country is working hard to make better and better wines. No one is resting on their reputation from 100 years ago. No country can afford to do that anymore. Slovenia, Mexico, and the Republic of Georgia are the newest fine-wine entrants—along with China of course. And Hungary is moving fast on its table wines (not just Tokaji Aszu)”.
What trends do you see with wine technology?
“Perhaps the respect with which it is now used”.
Do you consider the term “Old World” and “New World” wine countries valid?
“Yes. Though some Old World producers make New World style wines and vice versa, the terms are still helpful”.
Please comment on the effects global warming is having on the cultivation of grapes.
“Global warming is a huge concern. Grapevines, like all plants, are adaptive….but climate change might be moving faster than a vine’s ability to adapt. And it’s not just warming—it’s erratic climate behavior. Here in the Napa Valley we are in a drought and this year so far has been very warm. Yet two of our most recent vintages were extremely cool. It’s getting bizarre”.