Karen MacNeil honored as WLA Winner; Still one of the most important Women in Wine
Karen MacNeil is a wine educator, television personality, consultant and most importantly, a writer. Many of you may recognize her as the author of The Wine Bible, which has sold over 380,000 copies. And on April 27th, MacNeil was recognized for her efforts, as she was honored as the Wine Appreciation Guild’s 2006 Wine Literary Award (WLA) winner.
MacNeil joins wine luminaries that have won this award, including; Robert Parker Jr., Jancis Robinson, Hugh Johnson and Andrea Robinson. MacNeil is no stranger to awards, as she was honored by the James Beard Foundation when she won the coveted, “Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional Award” in 2004.
As the award ceremony began, Appellation America wine writer, and former WLA winner Dan Berger spoke of Karen MacNeil, and her contributions to the wine industry. Over her 25 year career, she has appeared in over 50 magazines, as well as founding and running the Rudd Center for Professional Wine Studies at the Culinary Institute of America.
In addition, she also hosts a television show, Wine, Food & Friends with Karen MacNeil, which aims foster everyday wine enjoyment. Her outlook on wine is refreshing, and is good for the wine industry.
MacNeil is without a doubt one of the most important women in wine. It is no surprise that WLA chairman emeritus Elliot Mackey called MacNeil a “fitting addition” to the list of award winners. According to Mackey, “She has helped prove to the American public that wine is worth the time it takes to learn about it.”