AUTHOR, THE WINE BIBLE - THE BEST SELLING WINE BOOK IN THE U.S.
Karen MacNeil is the only American to have won every major wine award given in the English
language. These include the Wine and Spirits Professional of the Year (James Beard Foundation)
and the Global Wine Communicator of the Year (International Wine and Spirits Association). In a
full-page profile on her, TIME Magazine called Karen “America’s Missionary of the Vine.”
But deep global wine knowledge is only part of the story. Karen is considered America’s foremost
wine presenter–a speaker who can enchant audiences from 5 to 500, and from wine novices to
wine collectors alike.
Karen is also the author of the award-winning book, THE WINE BIBLE, the single best- selling
wine book in the United States, praised as “The most informative and entertaining book I’ve ever
seen on the subject” (Danny Meyer), “Astounding” (Thomas Keller), and “A masterpiece of wine
writing…the single best wine book written in years…” (Kevin Zraly).
Karen’s firm, Karen MacNeil & Company, creates customized corporate events and wine tours
around the world for companies and individual groups. Among Karen’s corporate clients are
Lexus, Merrill Lynch, Disney, General Electric, UBS, and Singapore Airlines, as well as numerous
law and biotech firms.
Karen is the creator and Chairman Emeritus of the Rudd Center for Professional Wine Studies at
the Culinary Institute of America in the Napa Valley, which has been called “the Harvard of wine