About Elliot Essman

About Elliot Essman

A quick summary - food, beverages, public speaking and training:
  • Elliot's book, Use Wine to Make Sense of the World, was published in 2010. His guide, Public Speaking: Face It, Don't Force It was published in 2012.

  • Elliot is a Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) and Certified Specialist of Spirits (CSS) as recognized by the Society of Wine Educators.

  • Elliot is the developer of "Elliot Essman's Wine Essentials," a multidisciplinary course on wine and spirits.

  • Elliot is also a fine artist.He has developed techniques for painting with makeup

  • Elliot earned a James Beard Foundation Journalism Award nomination in the Spirits, Wine or Beer category for his article on Mexican Beer.

  • Elliot holds a Wine & Spirit Education Trust Level-3 Advanced Certificate in Wines & Spirits (with Distinction).

  • Elliot holds a Blue Ribbon Diploma in Professional Baking and Pastry Skills from the Institute of Culinary Education in New York.

  • Elliot earned a Degree in Mixology from the International School of Bartending in New York.

  • Elliot is a Langevin Learning Services - Certified Instructor/Facilitator.

  • Elliot qualified as a Brainbench.com - Certified Business Writer (99th percentile score nationally).

Academic Credentials:

  • Law Degree (J.D.) Fordham University, New York
  • B.A. Fordham University College of Liberal Arts, New York
  • Advanced training in French language, Dialogue School, Belgium
A few personal touches:

  • Elliot lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and spends a good deal of time at wine and food events, as well as French and German language activities.

  • Elliot is an avid tennis fan, and will talk about the sport in detail if not stopped. As far as actual physical activity is concerned, he enjoys hiking, especially in the Sandia Mountains of New Mexico.

  • Elliot plays blues and jazz on the guitar and piano.

  • Elliot has a son (Thor Bjarke Essman) who is married and lives in Melbourne, Australia. Elliot now has three grandchldren in Australia.

  • It should come as no surprise that Elliot enjoys food, wine and entertaining.

  • Elliot's Current Contact Information

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food writer Elliot Essman James Beard Foundation Journalism Award
James Beard Award Nominee Elliot Essman

food writer Elliot Essman James Beard Foundation Journalism Award

Elliot Essman is available for custom writing assignments ranging from tasting notes for individual wines to full-length wine and culinary books. Of course he remains ready to review new wines, food products, wine and kitchen equipment, and books. Please send in an inquiry using the contact page link at the lower left of this page.

Elliot Essman - Zaca Mesa Winery, Santa Ynez Valley
Elliot in California's Santa Ynez Valley

Elliot Essman - Chinon, France Wine Cellar
Elliot in Chinon, France

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