About

Hawk Wakawaka: Philosophy, Writing, Wine

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

Blessed with travel, and a wealth of in-depth time with wine producers, Elaine Chukan Brown uses WakawakaWineReviews.com to share more of the story. Her wine writing also appears in World of Fine Wine, Wine and Spirits, Men’s Health, San Francisco Magazine, and Serious Eats, among others. As a featured guest, she has spoken about wine at the UC Davis Viticulture & Enology Program, Pebble Beach Food & Wine, the Grand Seminar of the International Pinot Noir Celebration,and in University of Pinot. 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 illustrates the monthly wine zine for Le Metro: Wine. Underground.

In 2014, Imbibe Magazine named Brown an Imbibe 75 “Person to Watch”Saveur Magazine made her a Best Food Blog Award finalist, and Grape Collective named her one of the top 25 wine people to follow on Instagram. Her work at Hawk Wakawaka Wine Reviews has been recommended numerous times by The New York Times Diner’s Journal, and in The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, 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, McGill University’s 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 work has been published by Cambridge Scholarly Press, Fulcrum: An Anthology of Poetry and Aesthetics, Squaw Valley Review, Letters to the World: An Anthology, and 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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