A long sliver of a country in southwestern South America, Chile’s striking, diverse geography never ceases to surprise. Its bountiful agricultural valleys lie at the foot of the imposing Andes Mountain Range, looking down on the Pacific Ocean. This long, thin country captivates visitors with its warm, efficient and enterprising people, as well as with its democratic institutions and stable economy.
A mere 180 km wide on average, Chile is 4,300 km long from the border with Peru on the north to the Strait of Magellan on the south. Sheltered by the Andes on the east and the Pacific Ocean on the west, Chile is all but impervious to foreign pests and disease.
KAREN MACNEIL – SPEAKER, CONSULTANT, AUTHOR AND MUCH MORE…TALKS ABOUT THE 2ND EDITION OF THE WINE BIBLE
Hailed as “America’s missionary of the vine” (TIME), MacNeil is considered one of only a handful of experts with a global command of wine. She has won numerous awards throughout her career, including the prestigious James Beard Award. While researching the second edition, she traveled the world and tasted over 10,000 wines, discovering new trends and exploring emerging wine regions such as China, along with new wine producers in Europe and South and Central America.
THE WINE BIBLE brims with MacNeil’s knowledge and passion for her subject while artful, evocative descriptions bring each wine to life. Great Pétrus “is ravishing, elegant, and rich—Ingrid Bergman in red satin.” Rieslings from Germany’s Mosel region are “a laser beam. A sheet of ice. A great crackling bolt of lightning.” Transporting you from the cool, forbidding landscape of China’s Sichuan Province to the warm shores of the Sicilian Mediterranean, MacNeil delves into the history, food, wines, and wineries of each region.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Karen MacNeil is the only American to have won every major wine award given in the English language.
These include the Wine and Spirits Professional of the Year (James Beard Foundation) and the Global Wine Communicator of the Year (International Wine and Spirits Association). In a full-page profile on her, TIME Magazine called Karen “America’s Missionary of the Vine.”
But deep global wine knowledge is only part of the story. Karen is considered America’s foremost wine presenter–a speaker who can enchant audiences from 5 to 500, and from wine novices to wine collectors alike. Her customized TED-like talks are accompanied by extraordinary wines which she personally selects for the event.
Karen is also the author of the award-winning book, THE WINE BIBLE, the single best- selling wine book in the United States, praised as “The most informative and entertaining book I’ve ever seen on the subject” (Danny Meyer), “Astounding” (Thomas Keller), and “A masterpiece of wine writing…the single best wine book written in years…” (Kevin Zraly).
The former wine correspondent for the Today Show, Karen was the host of the PBS series Wine, Food and Friends with Karen MacNeil, for which she won an Emmy. Her articles on wine and food have been published in more than 50 newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, Town & Country, Elle, and Worth. She was the first Food and Wine Editor of USA Today when that publication began. Karen currently hosts #SipWithKaren, the leading Twitter tasting in the global wine sphere, which each month reaches 20+ million timelines from Indiana to India.
Karen’s firm, Karen MacNeil & Company, creates customized corporate events and wine tours around the world for companies and individual groups. Among Karen’s corporate clients are Lexus, Merrill Lynch, Disney, General Electric, UBS, and Singapore Airlines, as well as numerous law and biotech firms.
Karen is the creator and Chairman Emeritus of the Rudd Center for Professional Wine Studies at the Culinary Institute of America in the Napa Valley, which has been called “the Harvard of wine education.”