Wine Director, Sommelier
Ellen, a published Wine Writer, Certified Sommelier, and Wine Consultant is involved with many aspects throughout the world of wine. As Wine Director and Sommelier at Landis Shores Oceanfront Inn (Half Moon Bay, CA), which she co-owns with husband and chef Ken Landis, she coordinates and hosts wine events to help further educate wine aficionados. (She was previously a Sommelier at the Ritz Carlton for 4 years). She has traveled many wine regions throughout North America including California, Canada, New York, Virginia, Arizona, New Mexico, Connecticut, Oregon and Washington, and several international wine regions as well, including Bordeaux, Champagne, Burgundy, Rhone, Tuscany, Spain, Portugal, Argentina and Australia.
Ellen’s wine consultant role includes fine tuning wine lists for restaurants, and creating and implementing wine education seminars. Her wine seminars focus on wine topics such as "Basic Wine Components", "Wines from around the World", "Food and Wine Pairings" and specific seminars on various wine regions. In addition to an MBA, Ellen’s wine education includes UC Davis course work, and the Court of Master Sommelier certification program. She regularly serves as a judge at numerous wine competitions including the California State Fair Wine Competition, the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the Amador County Fair Wine Competition, the Sonoma Harvest Fair Wine Competition, the West Coast Wine Competition, the Grand Harvest Wine Competition, the Long Beach Grand Cru Wine Competition, the Wine World Market International Wine Competition, the top 12 ZINS of Lodi Wine Competition, Mid America Wine Competition, and Affairs of the Vine competitions. She also hosts blind tastings, and participates as a key speaker and panelist at various wine events. Visit her wine blog at www.ellenonwine.com.
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