Karen MacNeil and Julia Coney

In today’s fragmented, fast-moving media landscape, what is the value of serious wine writing? We asked two of the best in the business how they make wine journalism financially viable in Ep. 113 of The Four Top.

pull quote: “I have old ledgers showing the amount I was paid 30 years ago for magazine articles. I'm still paid the same amount today.” -Karen Macneil

Meet our guests: Author of the bestselling book The Wine Bible, Karen MacNeil is creator and editor of the digital newsletter WineSpeed; creator and Chair Emeritus of the Professional Wine Studies Program at the Culinary Institute of America; and host of the “PBS Series Wine, Food, and Friends with Karen MacNeil,” for which she won an Emmy. She’s also winner of every major wine award given in the English language, including a James Beard Award for Wine Professional of the Year.

Julia Coney is a member of UC Davis’ Department of Viticulture and Enology Executive Leadership Board, founder of Black Wine Professionals, and recipient of the Wine Enthusiast 2020 Social Visionary Award. Her work focuses on the intersection of race, wine, and language, and this week she inspires us as we wade into the unsettled waters of wine writing.

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