Karen MacNeil

Decanter Magazine, Wine Writer & DWWA Judge

Karen MacNeil is the only American to have won most major wine awards given in the English language. These include the James Beard award for Wine and Spirits Professional of the Year, the Louis Roederer award for Best Consumer Wine Writing and the Wine Appreciation Guild’s Wine Literary Award. She is author of the award-winning book The Wine Bible (now in its third edition), which has sold more than one million copies worldwide. The former wine correspondent for the Today Show on NBC, she was also host of the PBS television series Wine, Food and Friends with Karen MacNeil, for which she won an Emmy. Along with running her own customised wine experience company, MacNeil is additionally a public speaker (in person and virtually), creator of digital newsletter Winespeed.com and teaches a continuing education course on wine at Stanford University. MacNeil was the Regional Chair for USA & Central America at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2018, and also recently launched a line of glassware, the Flavor First Collection.