For the last 30 years, Karen has been a writer, consultant, and educator whose articles on wine and food have been published in more than 50 United States magazines and newspapers including The New York Times, Food & Wine, Saveur, and Town & Country. She is the author of the award-winning book,The Wine Bible, a best-selling wine book in the United States that has sold more than 450,000 copies since it was released. Ten years in the making, The Wine Bible has been called the most comprehensive and authoritative book on wine written by an American author.
Karen is the host of Emmy-award winning Wine, Food & Friends with Karen MacNeil, the first television series on wine in the United States. This thirteen-part series reached a national audience on PBS. In 2006 her companion book, Wine, Food & Friends, was released.
An educator at heart, Karen is the creator and Chairman of the Rudd Center for Professional Wine Studies at the Culinary Institute of America in the Napa Valley. The multi-million dollar wine center has been called the “Harvard of wine education.” In 2007, she launched the Napa Valley Wine Educators Academy, a global education initiative that attracts wine instructors from all over the world to the Napa Valley for a week of intensive study. She acts as the Academy’s creator and director.
Karen conducts wine seminars nationwide for individuals and corporations including Oracle, American Express, Lexus, Merrill Lynch, General Electric, Time Inc., NBC, Viking, and J.P. Morgan. She is also a wine consultant for Singapore Airlines and Sunset Magazine.
In early 2008, Karen launched her website on eRobertParker.com, where she will provide online wine education, food and wine pairing strategies, and video interviews and tastings with the icons of the wine industry.
In 2004, Karen MacNeil received the highest honor awarded to a wine professional in the United States when the James Beard Foundation named her "Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional of the Year." The following year, she was named "2005 Wine Educator of the Year" by the European Wine Council. Past recipients of the Council's awards have included journalist Morley Safer (60 Minutes), filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, and winemaker Robert Mondavi. In 2007, Karen was honored with the Wine Literary Award by the Wine Appreciation Guild for her substantial contribution to the literature of wine, joining laureates such as Hugh Johnson, Robert M. Parker, Jr., and Jancis Robinson. The International Wine & Spirit Competition has nominated Karen for the 2008 “Communicator of the Year” award. In a profile featured in Time Magazine in 2004, Karen was named America's "Missionary of the Vine." She holds an Advanced Certified Wine Professional Degree.
著名的美国烹饪学院(The Culinary Institute of America, 简称CIA，于1946年在纽约创建）灰石分校地处美国高档葡萄酒产区那帕，葡萄酒课便有得天独厚的条件，通过实地访问酒园、酒庄能加快学员的知识学习过程，并加深知识深度。因此，灰石分校的葡萄酒教育享誉世界。过去，葡萄酒教学是在主楼的教室里进行，现在厨师的葡萄酒课还是在教学厨房上。去年，分校筹集数百万美元建成新的RUDD专业葡萄酒学习中心，拥有最现代化的葡萄酒教学设备，提供葡萄酒服务相关的各种课程，是培养与葡萄酒服务相关的各类人才的摇篮。中心主席是著名葡萄酒作家和教育家、《葡萄酒圣经》一书的作者凯伦·玛克内尔(Karen MacNeil)女士，她在为学院作开发葡萄酒教育的咨询过程中，发现美国缺乏葡萄酒服务相关的专业培训而产生了建立这个学习中心的想法。她与烹饪学院共同努力，在酒乡慈善家的大力支持下，建成了这个现代化的专业葡萄酒学习中心。