Hawk Wakawaka, aka Elaine C Brown
Be the change you wish to see in the world. -Gandhi
Blessed with travel, and a wealth of in-depth time with vintners from around the world, Elaine Chukan Brown uses WakawakaWineReviews.com to share more of the story. She serves as the American Specialist for JancisRobinson.com, and a contributing writer for Wine & Spirits. Her work is regularly featured in World of Fine Wine, serving as a cover story in two of the four issues for 2015, and appears in Alquimie, Men’s Health, San Francisco Magazine, as well as the 4th edition of the Oxford Companion to Wine, among others.
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. Hawk Wakawaka Wine Reviews has been rated among the world’s leading wine blogs recommended by Food & Wine Magazine, The New York Times, Saveur Magazine, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Portland Times, and The Daily Beast. Her dynamic public speaking ability has made her a featured guest speaking about wine around the country, also serving as moderator for leading wine panels, and an educator in wine courses for both the wine trade, and a consumer audience. Such speaking engagements have included Pebble Beach Food & Wine, the UC Davis Viticulture & Enology Program, and the International Pinot Noir Celebration.
In 2015 she was awarded the Frank Prial Fellowship by the Napa Valley Wine Writer Symposium for her work in both The World of Fine Wine, and Wine & Spirits Magazine. Food & Wine Magazine named her as one of the top wine blogs in their “Guide to the Digital Wine Universe,” October 2015. She was named by Imbibe Magazine as a 2014 Imbibe 75 “Person to Watch,” a Grape Collective 2014 Top-25 person to follow on Instagram, and a finalist for the Saveur Magazine Best Food Blog Awards in both 2014 and 2015. She has also been a finalist for eight Wine Blog Awards in four years.
Brown’s previous work as an academic philosopher informs her views of wine, and people. She brings the rigor, thoroughness, and clarity demanded of her previous career forward to her work with wine. In traveling wine regions, and interviewing people in wine, her primary goal is always to witness the life in front of her, be it in the person or the glass.
Elaine previously served as Dartmouth College’s Charles A Eastman Fellow, a McGill University Tomlinson Fellow, Bristol Bay Native Corporation’s Student of the Year, and others. As philosophy faculty of Northern Arizona University she was named a recognized faculty member and nominated for teaching awards for her influential work with students. She has presented at conferences in Russia, Czech Republic, Canada, and throughout the United States as both a philosopher and poet. Her academic work has been published by both Cambridge Scholarly Press, and Fulcrum: An Anthology of Poetry and Aesthetics, among others.
She began life through her 20s as a commercial salmon fisherman in Bristol Bay, Alaska, where her family still operate their businesses. However, her favorite job has been as a volunteer animal trainer and ranch hand working with camels and other exotics for River’s Crest Dragon Slayer’s in Aptos, California. Elaine, her daughter, Rachel, and their pets currently live in Sonoma, California.
Cheers! Live Sincerely.
To learn more about my experience as a public speaker and panel moderator, click here.