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Karen Rivers

Director of Hospitality • Ackerman Family Vineyards

Karen joined Ackerman Family Vineyards in the summer of 2013 after having a long and varied career in the Napa Valley wine scene for several years. Prior to coming to AFV, Karen started her career in the wine industry by becoming the Wine Club Manager at Trefethen Vineyards in 1996. Subsequently, she worked at several other wineries in the hospitality arena before studying wine and hospitality at Napa Valley College. After that, Karen finished her Sommelier Certificate from the Court of Masters – a major commitment to being involved in the wine and spirits industry. Additionally, Karen completed three levels of the Wine Spirit Education Trust (WSET) to further her education in wine knowledge. Karen has lived in Napa since she was a young girl and watched the number of wineries grow from 150 at that time to more than 500 currently. Karen enjoys sharing her enthusiasm and knowledge about wine within the Napa Valley with friends, family and guests here at AFV. She believes “wine is a language that can be understood by people from all corners of the world. It can create friendships that would never have been made without the common interest and passion for wine.”

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