Harriet Lembeck is a noted wine and spirits educator and writer. She is President of the Wine & Spirits Program and is the former Wine Director for The New School University. Many of her students are today’s industry leaders. She has written the 6th and 7th editions of the textbook "Grossman's Guide to Wines, Beers, and Spirits", has been a contributing editor to Wine & Spirits Magazine, and is presently a columnist for Beverage Dynamics Magazine. She is also a contributor to "The Oxford Companion­ to Wine."

She is Chairman of the NY Wine Press, and is a member of the North American Advisory Board for the Institute of Masters of Wine. She often appears on TV and radio, and frequently judges at wine and spirits competitions.

CWE: Certified Wine Educator

CSS: Certified Specialist of Spirits

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  • Wine & Spirits Educator and Wine & Spirits Writer


  • "Grossman's Guide to Wines, Beers, & Spirits",
  • Sixth and Seventh Editions (8th Ed. under contract)
  • Beverage Dynamics Magazine - columnist
  • Wine & Spirits Magazine – former columnist
  • Oxford Companion to Wine - contributor
  • Syracuse University Press – contributor

Wine Educator:

  • Wine & Spirits Program, Inc. - President
  • New School University - Wine and Spirits Director,15 years

Professional Organizations:

  • NY Wine Press - Chairman
  • Society of Wine Educators - Charter Director & Awards
  • Chairman, Wine & Food Society – Chairman,Wine Committee
  • Member of the Board of Directors
  • Institute of Masters of Wine – North American Advisory Board
  • American Society of Enologists - Associate Member
  • American Wine Society – Lifetime Member
  • Les Dames d'Escoffier - Charter Member
  • Chevaliers du Tastevin (NY) - Officier Commandeur – (presently on leave of absence)
  • Commanderie de Bordeaux (NY) - Chevalier

Wine Judge

  • San Francisco Fair
  • Wineries Unlimited, NY
  • Sonoma Fair
  • NY State Wine Classic
  • Bon Appetit Magazine, SF
  • Hudson Valley Wine Comp
  • California State Fair
  • National Restaurant Assn
  • Oregon State Fair
  • El Dorado, Reno
  • Tri-Cities, Washington
  • American Wine Expo, Dallas
  • Virginia Wine Festival
  • International Wine Review
  • Banco d’Assagio, Italy
  • Intervin, Canada
  • Panelist – New York Times Wine Column (with Prial and Asimov)
  • Rodeo, Houston, TX   


  • "Wines & Vines" Trophy - Excellence in Wine Writing
  • American Wine Society - Award of Merit
  • Sommelier Society - Award of Achievement
  • Wine America - Peter Sichel Award for Wine Education
  • Knights of the Vine - Golden Vine Award
  • NY Wine & Food Society - Bronze Medal
  • European Wine Council - Wine Educator of the Year
  • American Heart Association – ‘Chefs with Heart’ Wine Award
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