Elaine is a celebrated keynote speaker, educator, and wine writer and is one of the world’s top authorities on California wine. She serves as the American Specialist for JancisRobinson.com, and as Contributing Writer to Wine & Spirits Magazine. She contributed to the award-winning 8th edition of the World Atlas of Wine, as well as the award-winning 4th edition of the Oxford Companion to Wine. The IWSC and VinItaly have named her one of the top wine communicators in the world the last two years in a row, and in 2019, the Wine Industry Network named Chukan Brown one of the 9 Most Inspiring People in Wine. Her writing has been featured in Decanter, World of Fine Wine, the Robb Report, and others, and recommended by the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Australia Gourmet Wine Traveller, VinoJoy in Hong Kong, Asia Cuisine in Singapore, and more. She has been a celebrated speaker for events worldwide. Prior to her career in wine, Elaine served as the Charles A Eastman Fellow at Dartmouth College, and a Tomlinson Fellow at McGill University, where she did doctoral work in philosophy. Prior to her academic career, Elaine owned her own commercial fishing business in Bristol Bay, Alaska.