Alison Napjus

Alison Napjus

Senior Editor and Tasting Director, New York
Tasting Beats: Alsace, Champagne, Italy

About

Alison Napjus joined Wine Spectator in 2000, and was promoted to senior editor in 2012 and tasting director in 2016. She is lead taster for the wines of France’s Champagne and Alsace regions, as well as wines from regions throughout Italy.

After graduating from Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration, Napjus moved to New York to take a position as a manager at Tribeca Grill restaurant. As tasting director, she oversees the scope and content of Wine Spectator’s annual reviews of more than 15,000 wines, working closely with the tasters and tasting coordinators in the New York and Napa offices. Currently she divides her time between New York, where she is based, with a second home in Tampa, Fla. She regularly travels abroad, both personally and professionally.

History in the Making
Tasting Reports

History in the Making

Amarone, northern Italy’s flagship red, shines with harmonious examples based on a rich …

Oct 31, 2021
7 Delectable Dolcettos for $22 or Less
Tasting Reports

7 Delectable Dolcettos for $22 or Less

New reviews of affordable and impressive red wines from Italy's Piedmont region, up to 90 …

Sep 9, 2021
8 Remarkable Campania Values Up to 90 Points
Tasting Reports

8 Remarkable Campania Values Up to 90 Points

Discover the wines of southern Italy with these new reviews of affordable reds and whites …

Aug 19, 2021
Does Champagne Only Come from Champagne? Yes, but Shampanskoye Only Comes from Russia, Putin Rules
News

Does Champagne Only Come from Champagne? Yes, but Shampanskoye Only Comes from Russia, Putin Rules

Champagne producers are worried and fuming over a new Russian law banning them from using a …

Jul 7, 2021
8 Thrilling Sicilian Wines for $25 or Less
Tasting Reports

8 Thrilling Sicilian Wines for $25 or Less

Explore Italy's largest island with these new reviews of impressive reds, whites and rosés …

Jul 1, 2021
Charting Their Own Course
Tasting Reports

Charting Their Own Course

At the southern tip of Africa, Cape vintners bottle a range of grapes in styles unique to …

Jul 31, 2021
Elegance in Wine
Opinion

Elegance in Wine

The equilibrium on display in an elegant wine is what makes it enjoyable young, but also …

Jun 30, 2021
10 Thrilling South African Whites Under $20
Tasting Reports

10 Thrilling South African Whites Under $20

New reviews of affordable and diverse Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc up to 90 …

May 20, 2021
Pop Stars
Tasting Reports

Pop Stars

Chart-topping bubblies from across the globe add sparkle to any occasion

Jun 30, 2021