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Elaine Chukan Brown

Travels from: Sonoma, California

Expertise: Wine

Elaine Chukan Brown serves as the American Specialist at, a contributing writer with Wine & Spirits Magazine, and a speaker at events worldwide. Her work has been featured in World of Fine Wine, Decanter, Robb Report,,, Wine Business Monthly, San Francisco Magazine, Alquimie and Noble Rot, among others. She also contributed to the recent multi-award winning 4th edition of the Oxford Companion to Wine, and was a contributor to the Lonely Planet Wine Trails: United States & Canada, as well as the upcoming 8th edition of the World Atlas of Wine. Blessed with travel, and a wealth of in-depth time with vintners from around the world, she uses to share more of the story.

Brown is known for having created illustrated tasting notes, which have been described by @KermitLynchWine as “a new standard in wine reviews.” Since, such illustrated tasting notes have become a creative new alternative for beer and spirits as well.

She has been a celebrated guest speaker and led seminars about wine, writing, and inspiration around the world. Such speaking engagements have included The Women in Wine Leadership Symposium, Pinot Noir NZ, Texsom, ProWein, the UC Davis Viticulture & Enology Program, and the International Pinot Noir Celebration, as well as the Summer Literary Seminar, and the Association of Writers Program. She is a celebrated speaker, leading seminars in wine highly regarded by Masters of Wine, Master Sommeliers, winemakers, wine trade, and consumers alike.

Awards & Recognition:

Wine Industry Network, Nine Most Inspiring People  2019

Int'l Wine & Spirits Competition, Top Five Wine Communicators in the World 2019

Wine & Spirits top 50 Master’s of Place Autumn 2016

Frank Prial Fellowship by the Napa Valley Wine Writer Symposium 2015

Saveur Magazine Best Food Blog Awards finalist 2015 and 2011

VinItaly Wine Communicator of the Year finalist

Food & Wine Magazine World’s Top Wine Blogs “Guide to the Digital Wine Universe.”

Imbibe Magazine Imbibe 75 “Person to Watch”

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