Writing in the Wine World with Karen MacNeil

Karen Macneil

Event Date

392 Old Davis Road, Davis, CA 95616

This event is hosted by the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine & Food Science. If you have questions, please reach out to: rmievents@ucdavis.edu.

Writing in the Wine World

Karen MacNeil is one of the top wine professionals in the United States. Her deep understanding of wine and engaging style are evident in her book, The Wine Bible, recently released in its third edition. It is the best-selling American book on wine and one of history's top five best-selling American wine books. She is also the creator and editor of WineSpeed. She has forged her own path through the world of wine and will share her story and knowledge during an engaging lecture.

Event Schedule:

5:30 pm: Doors Open

6:00 pm: Lecture "Writing in the Wine World"
7:15 pm: Reception


The lecture will be in the Silverado Vineyards Sensory Theater on the UC Davis Campus. Seating is limited. Tickets are $25 per person.

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Karen MacNeil is the author of The Wine Bible and creator and editor of WineSpeed. She has won numerous awards, including the James Beard Award for Wine and Spirits Professional of the Year, the Louis Roederer Award for Best Consumer Wine Writing, and the International Wine and Spirits Award as the Global Wine Communicator of the Year. MacNeil was previously a wine correspondent for the Today Show, host of the Emmy award-winning PBS series “Wine, Food and Friends with Karen MacNeil,” and USA Today’s first Food and Wine Editor.

Walt Klenz began his California wine industry career in 1973. In 1976, he was named Director of Marketing at Beringer Vineyards. Klenz held several senior marketing, financial, and operations positions at Beringer until his appointment in 1990 as President. After Beringer was sold to Foster's Group in 2000, he headed Foster's global wine business. Klenz served on the Advisory Board of ASC Fine Wines from 2008 to 2010 and on the Board of Directors of J. Lohr Winery and Columbia Sportswear Company. He is a past Napa Valley Vintners President and a past Wine Institute Chairman.


This event is part of the Walt Klenz Lectureship Series on Wine Business, which brings leading figures in the domestic and international wine business to the institute for evenings of talks, insights, and unique perspectives about the wine industry.

Venue & Parking:

This event will be in-person at Silverado Vineyards Sensory Theater at the Robert Mondavi Institute, Sensory Building. Parking is available at the Gateway Parking Structure. Parking payment is enforced on weekdays. There are three options for parking payment:

  1. UC Davis uses AggiePark via the AMP app – please be sure to download the app ahead of time and set up your profile. Select the zone which you parked using the map or icon in the top right corner of the app. This is the preferred and easiest method.

  2. If you do not have a smartphone to download the app, you can also sign up for an account online and follow the steps on the website: https://aimsmobilepay.com/

  3. Alternatively, permit machines in the Gateway Parking Structure accept credit cards. You will need to enter your license plate number into the machine to purchase a permit. We recommend this option as a last choice.


If you have questions about this event, please email rmievents@ucdavis.edu.