Elaine Chukan Brown joined JancisRobinson.com in 2015 to dramatically beef up our coverage of American wine. After a stint as a commercial fisherman in her native Alaska she became an academic philosopher, writing a dissertation on what it means to be indigenous (topical for students of vine varieties). You can read more about her unique approach to wine in Introducing Elaine Chukan Brown. In 2020, after hosting a very successful series of webinars devoted substantially to California wine, she was voted IWSC Wine Communicator of the Year. See also this hour-long webinar in which she interviewed Jancis. Elaine was our full-time executive editor US for most of 2022.