Alison Napjus, who has worked in Wine Spectator's New York office since 2000, is currently Wine Spectator's lead taster of wines from France’s Champagne, Alsace and Beaujolais regions; she also tastes wines from regions throughout Italy. She has written numerous tasting reports and feature stories for Wine Spectator and WineSpectator.com. She was promoted to senior editor in December 2012.
As senior tasting coordinator in Wine Spectator's New York office, Alison is responsible for training tasting department staff members and overseeing the cellars and blind tastings.
Alison spent most of her childhood in Annapolis, Md., but her family’s three-year stint living in northern England and their extensive European travel during that time sparked a nascent interest in foreign countries and cultures. She developed a love of food and wine while studying abroad in Florence, Italy, during her junior year of college. Upon graduating from Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration, Alison moved to New York to take a position as a manager at New York's Tribeca Grill restaurant before beginning her career at Wine Spectator.
When her passport is not in use for work or pleasure, Alison can be found enjoying a great glass of wine or a meal with friends at one of New York’s restaurants, running along the East River and in Central Park, or enjoying some good fiction.