Ellen is a Wine Journalist, Certified Sommelier (The Court of Master Sommeliers), Certified Wine Specialist (The Society of Wine Educators), Wine Consultant and Professional Wine Judge.  In addition to being a columnist for Wine Press Northwest (, she is the author of and writes for Great Northwest Wine (, Michigan Uncorked (, the SOMM Journal (, Spirited magazine (, and the AWS Wine Journal magazine (

Ellen serves as Moderator for the highly acclaimed Vintner’s Holidays annual event at the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite (among other wine events), and was a Sommelier at the Ritz Carlton for years. She serves as a judge at many national, international, and regional wine competitions.  Ellen can be reached at

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