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Sommelier/Wine Writer, Landis Shores Oceanfront Inn, Half Moon Bay, CA
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 also a Sommelier at the Ritz Carlton for 4 years. Ellen 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 including Bordeaux, Champagne, Burgundy, Rhone, Tuscany, and wine regions throughout Spain, Portugal, Chile, Argentina and Australia.
Ellen participates as a key speaker, moderator and panelist
at various wine events. Her wine consultant role also 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 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, California State Fair Wine
Competition, SF International Wine Competition, Amador County Fair Wine
Competition, Sonoma Harvest Fair Wine Competition, West Coast Wine Competition,
Grand Harvest Wine Competition, Long Beach Grand Cru International Wine
Competition, Riverside International Wine Competition, Michigan Wine & Spirits
Competition, Mid-American Wine Competition and Affairs of the Vine wine
competitions. Visit her blog at