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Elaine Chukan Brown

Elaine Chukan Brown
Writer, Speaker, Educator, and Illustrator of Wine

Elaine Chukan Brown is the Executive Editor US for She leads coverage on the United States, and is responsible especially for expanding coverage on California as well as sustainability, climate action, and social responsibility in the context of wine. She is also a celebrated speaker and educator having presented in countries on every continent except Antarctica. Her work has been featured in print books and magazines, online sites, podcasts, feature-length films, television shows, documentaries, radio shows, apps, and webinars in countries around the world. In 2021, she gave the keynote address for Femmes du Vin, an international program sponsored by the U.S. State Department through the Paris Embassy, and was recognized as one of The 50-most Influential Women in Wine by WINWSA in China, and as a Legend in Education by the Black, Indigenous, and people of color focused organization The Hue Society. She won the prestigious Wine Communicator of the Year award from IWSC and VinItaly, and was named a Wine Industry Leader in the North American wine industry by Wine Business Monthly in 2020.

In 2019, the Wine Industry Network named Brown one of the Most Inspiring People in Wine, and she was shortlisted for the IWSC Wine Communicators of the Year award. She previously served as the American Specialist for, a columnist for Club Oenologique, and is a contributing writer to Wine & Spirits Magazine. She contributed to the 8th edition of the World Atlas of Wine, the 4th and upcoming 5th editions of the Oxford Companion to Wine, and the recently released compilation book On California from the Academie du Vin Library. Her writing has been featured in Decanter, World of Fine Wine, the Robb Report, Lonely Planet, and others, and recommended by Food & Wine, Imbibe, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Vino-Joy and Lifestyle Asia out of Hong Kong, The Drinks Business and The Buyer out of the UK, Gourmet Traveller Wine in Australia, Cuisine & Wine in Singapore, Wine Align in Canada, and more.

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 specializing in race and racism, as well as gender, women’s and sexuality studies. Prior to her academic career, Elaine owned her own commercial salmon-fishing business in Bristol Bay, Alaska. The rest of her family continues to commercial fish in Alaska.

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