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About Karen MacNeil
One of the foremost wine experts in the United States, Karen MacNeil is the only American to have won every major wine award given in the English Language. These include the James Beard award for Wine and Spirits Professional of the Year and the International Wine and Spirits award as the Global Wine Communicator of the Year. In a full-page profile on her, TIME magazine called Karen, “America’s Missionary of the Vine.”
Karen is the author of the award-winning book, the WINE BIBLE, the single best selling wine book in the United States praised as “A masterpiece of wine writing…the single best wine book written in years…it will remain a classic forever” (Kevin Zraly).
She is the creator and Editor in Chief of WineSpeed her “wine intel” report with a digital audience of over 50,000 subscribers. Her articles have been published in more than 50 newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, Town & Country, Food & Wine, and Worth. The former wine correspondent for the Today Show, Karen was the host of the PBS series Wine, Food and Friends with Karen MacNeil, for which she won an Emmy.
Karen’s firm, Karen MacNeil & Company, creates customized wine experiences around the world, with Karen as the group’s host and private tutor. The tours are geared to both individuals and companies. Among Karen’s corporate clients are Lexus, Merrill Lynch, Disney, General Electric, UBS, and Singapore Airlines, as well as numerous biotech and law 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 education.
For more information go to www.karenmacneil.com
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Comprehensive, entertaining, authoritative, and endlessly interesting, The Wine Bible is a lively course from an expert teacher, grounding the reader deeply in the fundamentals—vine-yards and varietals, climate and terroir, the nine attributes of a wine’s greatness—while layering on tips, informative asides, anecdotes, definitions, photographs, maps, labels, and recommended bottles. Discover how to taste with focus and build a wine-tasting memory. The reason behind Champagne’s bubbles. Italy, the place the ancient Greeks called the land of wine. An oak barrel’s effect on flavor. Sherry, the world’s most misunderstood and underappreciated wine. How to match wine with food—and mood.
Plus everything else you need to know to buy, store, serve, and enjoy the world’s most captivating beverage.
No other wine book compares to The Wine Bible in its gift for grounding the reader deeply, and happily, in the fundamentals while layering on passionate asides, tips, anecdotes, definitions, illustrations, maps, labels, and recommended bottles. It is like a complete, always fascinating wine course from a truly great teacher. Karen McNeil, “America’s missionary of the vine” (TIME Magazine), is the only U.S. winner of every major wine award in the English language. And she herself has never stopped learning. For this new edition she tasted $168,000 worth of wines, a tremendous sacrifice to keep the reader current with: New chapters on Great Britain, Croatia, Israel; a new section called In the Beginning…Wine in the Ancient World; new fully revised Great Wines section (formerly the “Wines to Know”) for each country and region; expanded chapters on France, Italy, Australia, South America, and the U.S.; an expanded grape glossary including 400-plus varieties; a revised wine terms glossary; and an xpanded Mastering Wine Section incorporating latest science on taste and smell.
Truly, a bible for curious wine-lovers of every level of expertise. The very same people who spent over $68 billion in the U.S. on wine last year.