Missionary of the Vine

In her PBS TV series, Karen MacNeil aims to teach Americans how to lose their inhibitions about wine

Wine is not a drink normally associated with Texas barbecue, which is exactly why Karen MacNeil was at Cooper's Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que in Llano, Texas, pouring bottles of it for a group of ribs-chomping patrons. "Now, that's good. I can't believe that's wine," said a brawny man as he sipped a glass of California sparkling wine in place of his normal beer. MacNeil, author of the best-selling book The Wine Bible and host of a series on wine that debuted in the fall on public television, was delighted. Turning the average American on to wine is her mission in life.