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.

11 Mouthwatering Northeastern Italian Whites
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11 Mouthwatering Northeastern Italian Whites

New reviews of exciting Pinot Grigios, plus Chardonnay, Grüner Veltliner and more, up to 91 …

Jan 21, 2021
Italy Ups Its Vineyard Game
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Italy Ups Its Vineyard Game

The future of the country's wine industry lies in marrying tradition with modern viticulture

Feb 28, 2021
Brighter Days
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Brighter Days

The Champagne region gives reason to celebrate, with a range of styles and outstanding …

Dec 15, 2020
It’s Complicated
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It’s Complicated

Champagne faces a tough challenge with the 2020 vintage as the region's governing body …

Nov 30, 2020
8 Refreshing Value Whites from Italy
Tasting Reports

8 Refreshing Value Whites from Italy

Explore Italy's diverse wine styles with these new reviews of affordable whites from …

Nov 12, 2020
Valtellina's Distinctive Nebbiolos
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Valtellina's Distinctive Nebbiolos

Alpine viticulture succeeds with Piedmont’s noble grape

Oct 31, 2020
A Veneto to Discover
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A Veneto to Discover

Delicious wines from three unsung DOCs worth exploration

Oct 31, 2020
8 Enticing Southern Italian Wines
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8 Enticing Southern Italian Wines

The allures of southern Italy shine in these new reviews of red and white wine from Sicily, …

Oct 8, 2020
Vintner Diego Planeta, Who Helped Put Sicilian Wine on the Map, Dies at 80
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Vintner Diego Planeta, Who Helped Put Sicilian Wine on the Map, Dies at 80

As head of a vintners' cooperative and later as founder of his family winery, Planeta …

Sep 21, 2020

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