About

About

Hawk Wakawaka: Philosophy, Writing, Wine

The Venn Diagram Of Me

Be the change you wish to see in the world. -Gandhi

Blessed with travel, and a wealth of in-depth time with wine producers, beverage and food specialists, Elaine Chukan Brown uses WakawakaWineReviews.com to share more of the story. Her writing on wine, spirits, food, and travel also appears in Wine and Spirits, World of Fine Wine, Men’s Health, San Francisco Magazine, and Serious Eats, as well as the upcoming 4th edition of the Oxford Companion to Wine. As a featured guest, she has spoken about wine around the country including the UC Davis Viticulture & Enology Program, the International Pinot Noir Celebration (IPNC) Grand Seminar, and West of the West Chicago. Her wine-related art pieces hang in the wine room of Villandry in London, as well as private homes and tasting rooms around the world.

She was awarded the Frank Prial Fellowship in 2015 by the Napa Valley Wine Writer Symposium, and named an Imbibe Magazine 2014 Imbibe 75 “Person to Watch.”  She was also a finalist for the Saveur Magazine Best Food Blog Awards in both 2014 and 2015. Her work at Hawk Wakawaka Wine Reviews has been recommended numerous times by The New York Times, and Los Angeles Times as well as in The Washington Post, Portland Times, and The Daily Beast. She has also been a finalist in six categories of the Wine Blog Awards in three 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 a philosopher and poet she has presented at conferences in Russia, Czech Republic, Canada, and throughout the United States. 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, Jr, and their pets currently live in Sonoma, California.

Cheers! Live Sincerely.

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