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Bookshop Santa Cruz Presents: Karen MacNeil | THE WINE BIBLE, 3RD EDITION

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    Thu, October 13, 2022 (7:00 PM - 8:30 PM)

105 Walnut Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Bookshop welcomes bestselling author Karen MacNeil, who will discuss THE WINE BIBLE, 3RD EDITION, hosted at Soif Wine.


  • Multiple ticket packages available—please select carefully when purchasing! (Choose between entry-only or entry + book)
  • Books will become available on October 11th (publication date) and may be picked up at Bookshop Santa Cruz beginning then, or at the venue on the day of the event.
  • The event will include a book signing after the talk.
  • Food and drink are not included with ticket, but will be available for purchase at the event.


Bookshop Santa Cruz and the Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce welcome wine expert Karen MacNeil for a celebration of the new edition of The Wine Bible—America's bestselling wine book. The third edition of this essential book is completely revised and updated and is now in full-color.

This special event, which will include a book talk, signing, and Q&A, will take place at Soif Wine, 105 Walnut Avenue, Santa Cruz. Wine and small plates will be available for purchase. Audio at the event provided by Santa Cruz DJ.


Nothing improves the experience of wine like knowledge. The proof is in the numbers: Karen MacNeil's The Wine Bible is America's bestselling wine book with over 800,000 copies in print. Now this essential book is even better, with a new third edition that's completely revised, completely updated, given a larger trim size and--yes!--now in full-color with over 400 new photographs.

No other wine book compares to The Wine Bible in its gift for grounding the reader deeply, and happily, in the fundamentals while layering on passionate asides, tips, anecdotes, definitions, illustrations, maps, labels, and recommended bottles. It is like a complete, always fascinating wine course from a truly great teacher. Karen McNeil, "America's missionary of the vine" ( TIME Magazine), is the only U.S. winner of every major wine award in the English language. And she herself has never stopped learning. For this new edition she tasted $168,000 worth of wines, a tremendous sacrifice to keep the reader current with: New chapters on Great Britain, Croatia, Israel; a new section called In the Beginning...Wine in the Ancient World; new fully revised Great Wines section (formerly the "Wines to Know") for each country and region; expanded chapters on France, Italy, Australia, South America, and the U.S.; an expanded grape glossary including 400-plus varieties; a revised wine terms glossary; and an xpanded Mastering Wine Section incorporating latest science on taste and smell.

Truly, a bible for curious wine-lovers of every level of expertise. The very same people who spent over $68 billion in the U.S. on wine last year.


One of the foremost wine experts in the United States, Karen MacNeil is the only American to have won every major wine award given in the English Language. In a full-page profile on her, TIME Magazine called Karen, "America's Missionary of the Vine." Karen is the author of the award-winning book, THE WINE BIBLE, the single best-selling wine book in the United States, with more than one million copies sold. She is the creator and editor of WineSpeed, the top digital newsletter in wine in the United States. Known for her passion and unique style, she conducts seminars and presentations for corporate clients worldwide. The former wine correspondent for the Today Show on NBC, Karen was also the host of the PBS series Wine, Food and Friends with Karen MacNeil, for which she won an Emmy. And finally, Karen is the creator and Chairman Emeritus of the Rudd Center for Professional Wine Studies at the Culinary Institute of America, which has been called the "Harvard" of wine education. More information is available at www.karenmacneil.com.


  • COVID-19: All attendees must wear a well-fitting protective mask for the duration of their time at the event, unless actively eating or drinking.
  • Event is in-person only; no streaming option is available at this time.
  • All tickets are final sale and do not qualify for Bookshop Reader’s Club Credit.
  • More details including parking info will be sent in confirmation email

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