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The Wine Road provides the Wine, When and Where of Northern Sonoma to locals and visitors with tips and news on events, wineries, restaurants, outdoor activities, and places to stay.

Hosts Marcy Gordon and Beth Costa share their insider stories about the places to check out when you're exploring along the Wine Road.

Thank you to County of Sonoma, Board of Supervisors - District 5 for their support.

Jan 12, 2023

Wine Road Podcast Episode 166
Sponsored by Ron Rubin Winery

Episode 165 | Karen MacNeil, author of The Wine Bible 3rd Edition.

Beth and Marcy chat with Karen MacNeil—speaker, wine authority and award-winning author— about the 3rd edition of The Wine Bible, the essential resource for wine lovers.

Fast Five Recipe: Baked Brie and Preserves with Walnuts from Janae Franicevic, Owner and General Manager, Sunce Winery & Vineyard

Book of The Day: The Wine Bible 3rd Edition by Karen MacNeil

Podcast Sponsor: Ron Rubin Winery


1:55 All the things that Karen considers, the criteria and the process that goes into writing The Wine Bible.

5:44 Karen sees Romania and Bulgaria as the next two wine regions to break out, along with Turkey. China too is one to watch.

8:30 How Karen got her start down the wine path.

13:15 If you ever get sworn into a public office use the Wine Bible to take your oath!

14:42 For a personalized and signed copy of The Wine Bible go to

16:01 Fast Five Recipe –Baked Brie and Preserves with Walnuts from Janae Franicevic, Owner and General Manager, Sunce Winery & Vineyard

Ingredients: Triangle of Brie, fig or fruit preserves, chopped walnuts, pie dough

Directions: Smother Brie with fig spread and top with walnuts then encase in pie dough. Bake in oven at 325 for 10-15 minutes till golden on the outside. Pair with Malvazia Nera from Sunce Winery of course!

17:48 Tickets for Barrel Tasting March 3rd, 4th, & 5th will go on sale soon.


Karen MacNeil

The Wine Bible 3rd Edition

Wine Speed Newsletter

Sunce Winery

Barrel Tasting

Ron Rubin Winery


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