Karen MacNeil ’76

Karen MacNeil






Karen MacNeil ’76
Wine Consultant and Writer
Creator and Chairman,
Rudd Center for Professional Wine Studies, CIA, Napa Valley, CA


Wine Consultant and Writer
Creator and Chairman, Rudd Center for Professional Wine Studies
Culinary Institute of America, Napa Valley, CA

Karen MacNeil is the preeminent wine educator, consultant and writer who has won every major wine award in the English language. Her articles on wine and food have been published in more than 50 US magazines and newspapers including The New York Times, Food & Wine, Saveur, and Town & Country. She is the author of the award-winning book, The Wine Bible, a best-selling wine book in the United States, with more than half a million copies sold since it was released. Ten years in the making, The Wine Bible has been called the most comprehensive and authoritative book on wine written by an American author, and Karen has been acknowledged as the “best wine teacher” in the country.

Karen is the host of Emmy-award winning Wine, Food & Friends with Karen MacNeil, the first television series on wine in the United States. This thirteen-part series reached a national audience on PBS. In 2006 her companion book, Wine, Food & Friends, was released.

Karen is the creator and Chairman of the Rudd Center for Professional Wine Studies at the Culinary Institute of America in the Napa Valley.  The multi-million dollar wine center has been called the “Harvard of wine education.”

With her team at Karen MacNeil & Company, Karen creates and consults on unique wine experiences, seminars and programs for corporate clients, businesses and individuals. Recent past clients have included Lexus, Merrill Lynch, Disney, General Electric, UBS,  NBC, and Mattel, among numerous others. She is the immediate past wine consultant for Singapore Airlines and Sunset Magazine.

In March 2008, Karen launched one of her websites on erobertparker.com, where she provides online wine education and a monthly blogicle called One Woman’s View.

Finally, Karen has received numerous accolades. In 2004, the James Beard Foundation named her Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional of the Year. The following year, she was named Wine Educator of the Year by the European Wine Council.  Past recipients of the Council’s awards have included journalist Morley Safer (60 Minutes), filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, and winemaker Robert Mondavi.  In 2007, Karen was honored with the Wine Literary Award by the Wine Appreciation Guild for her substantial contribution to the literature of wine, joining laureates such as Hugh Johnson, Robert M. Parker Jr., and Jancis Robinson. The International Wine & Spirit Competition recognized Karen as “the voice that has most effectively communicated wine or spirits to the public in the past year” by awarding her the 2008 trophy for Communicator of the Year. In a profile featured in Time Magazine in 2004, Karen was named America's "Missionary of the Vine." She holds an Advanced Certified Wine Professional Degree.