Alison Napjus

Alison Napjus

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

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 Spain, France’s Champagne and Alsace regions, South Africa and 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.

Sensational Sicily
ABCs of Regions

Sensational Sicily

Understanding the region’s signature grapes and wines

Nov 15, 2022
Despite Record Heat, Europeans Happy with Harvest
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Despite Record Heat, Europeans Happy with Harvest

The 2022 growing season was far from dull, thanks to drought, wildfires and storms, but …

Nov 8, 2022
Champagne
Tasting Reports

Champagne

High quality and stylistic diversity are driving the growth of the world’s premier bubbly

Dec 15, 2022
France’s AXA Millésimes Buys Sonoma Coast’s Platt Vineyard
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France’s AXA Millésimes Buys Sonoma Coast’s Platt Vineyard

Plus, new owners for Bordeaux’s Château Climens and remembering Lucio Tasca d’Almerita, …

Oct 31, 2022
Europe Faces Scorching Heat and Fires
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Europe Faces Scorching Heat and Fires

In wine regions across the continent, spring was dry and summer brought record temperatures…

Oct 31, 2022
8 Enticing Sicilian Wines Up to 92 Points
Tasting Reports

8 Enticing Sicilian Wines Up to 92 Points

Chardonnay, Nero d'Avola and more are featured in these new reviews of impressive wines …

Sep 15, 2022
The Diversity of Spain
Tasting Reports

The Diversity of Spain

The country’s major wine regions each offer distinct styles and flavors

Oct 15, 2022
8 Delectable Rías Baixas Albariños Up to 91 Points
Tasting Reports

8 Delectable Rías Baixas Albariños Up to 91 Points

New reviews of impressive wines made from one of Spain's signature white grapes, most …

Aug 11, 2022
Cava Sales Bubble Up
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Cava Sales Bubble Up

The Spanish sparkler offers improved quality at affordable prices

Sep 30, 2022