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Wine Spectator's Alison Napjus Promoted to Senior Editor


Posted: January 14, 2013

Alison Napjus, who joined Wine Spectator as an assistant tasting coordinator in 2000, has been promoted to senior editor.

Napjus, 35, is currently Wine Spectator's lead taster on Champagne, Alsace and Beaujolais; she also tastes the wines of northeastern Italy and Penedès in Spain. She has written numerous tasting reports and feature stories for Wine Spectator and WineSpectator.com. In 2012, she presented a tasting seminar on Krug Champagnes at the New World Wine Experience in Los Angeles.

As senior tasting coordinator in Wine Spectator's New York office, Napjus has been responsible for training new staff members, managing the cellars and coordinating blind tastings.

Napjus graduated from Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration and worked at numerous restaurants; at the time she joined Wine Spectator, she was a manager at New York's Tribeca Grill, which later earned a Wine Spectator Grand Award.

Troy Peterson
Burbank, CA —  January 14, 2013 9:05pm ET
CONGRATULATIONS ALISON! So, what does a newly appointed senior editor drink to celebrate such an occasion?

We enjoyed a tour through the Alsace region last year, with special tastings at Trimbach and Hugel. Simply delightful. We also toured Champagne and tasted at a number of houses.

As for Beaujolais, I'm just not in to carbonic maceration so no offense when I ignore your notes on those!

I wish you all the best in your new role!
Daniel J Bohlin
Dubuque, IA, USA —  January 21, 2013 9:47pm ET
Congratulations. Unlike Troy, I'm a big fan of Cru Beaujolais and hope you or someone on the WS staff continues to cover them like you did. They can be very rewarding from a QPR standpoint and some do very well in the cellar. Look forward to those reviews!

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