Alyssa Rapp

Alyssa J. Rapp is the founder and CEO of, the premier online wine community where wine enthusiasts come to learn about wine, share tasting notes and buy wine.  Alyssa is also the author of Bottlenotes Guide to Wine: Around the World in 80 Sips, (Adam’s Media, October 2008). Alyssa previously served as a sales manager for RO Imports, an importer of boutique New Zealand wines in New York and co-presided over a 300 person wine club at Stanford University Graduate School of Business.  Alyssa earned a B.A. in Political Science and the History of Art from Yale University in 2000 and an M.B.A. from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business in 2005.  She also serves on the Board of Trustees for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.  Alyssa was named in Inc. Magazine’s “30 under 30” coolest entrepreneurs in America in September 2008 and on’s “10 Sexists CEOs” in America in May 2009.  Alyssa co-resides in Chicago and the San Francisco Bay Area but greatly enjoys traveling around the world in search of today’s best wines.


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