Senior Editor and Tasting Director, Wine Spectator
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 and Alsace regions; she also tastes wines from regions throughout Italy, from Alto Adige in the north to Calabria in the south. She has written numerous tasting reports and feature stories for Wine Spectator and WineSpectator.com. She was promoted to senior editor in December 2012 and tasting director in February of 2016. As tasting director, Napjus is responsible for overseeing 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 to accomplish the magazine’s goals. Upon graduating from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration, Napjus moved to New York City to take a position as a manager at Tribeca Grill restaurant before beginning her career at Wine Spectator. Currently she divides her time between New York, where she is based, with a second home in Tampa, Florida. Additionally, she travels abroad regularly each year, both personally and professionally; Italy is a favorite destination.