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Corie Brown is co-founder and general manager of Zester Media, a cooperative business organizing, supporting and connecting food and drink writers with audiences. A former editor and writer with the Los Angeles Times, Corie was West Coast entertainment correspondent with Newsweek and a columnist for Premiere Magazine. On staff with BusinessWeek in Boston and other McGraw-Hill publications in New York City and Washington, D.C., she has written about energy, the environment and healthcare.

Corie is a regular contributor to Entrepreneur Magazine. In cooperation with Entrepreneur, Zester Media recently released “Start Your Own Microbrewery, Distillery or Cidery,” a book for which Corie was lead reporter and writer.

Corie received the 2008 University of Missouri Lifestyle Award for her article about climate change and wine, “A Scorching Future.” In 2006, she won both first and second prize for news reporting from the Association of Food Journalists. Corie was awarded a fellowship by the Foreign Press Center of Japan and worked in Japan in June 2010, during which she wrote a story on Koshu wine for the New York Times later republished in "The New York Times Book of Wine."

Corie is a member of the board of overseers of Chefs Collaborative, a leading nonprofit inspiring, educating, and celebrating chefs and food professionals building a better food system.

Corie can be reached at [email protected]

A view of the Getty Center from the top of Moraga’s Bel Air vineyards. Credit: Copyright 2016 Zester Media

Standing at the crest of Moraga Estate's hillside vineyard, you can see Santa Monica Bay and feel the cool Pacific breezes that mark the

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Chef Michael Cimarusti, left, and Donato Poto, partners in Cape Seafood and Provisions, on opening day, March 23, 2016. Credit: Copyright 2016 Zester Media

Fresh seafood is the beating heart of Chef Michael Cimarusti's culinary universe. At his Michelin-starred Providence, named "Best LA Restaurant" by food critic Jonathan

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Greg Koch, co-founder and CEO of Stone Brewing Co. in Escondido, California, and co-author of "The Brewer’s Apprentice." Credit: Copyright 2011 Quarry Books

There are more than 3,400 craft breweries in America, with another 10 breweries opening each week. Retail sales of craft beer grew 22 percent

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St. Augustine Distillery prides itself on using freshly ground local herbs and the peels from Florida oranges and lemons in a gin with a base alcohol made from Florida sugar cane for its New World Gin. Credit: Copyright St. Augustine Distillery

The American craft spirits movement is putting the juniper berry in its place as new distilleries reimagine gin as a stand-alone sipper. Thirteen award-winning

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The staff at Rhinegeist Brewery in Cincinnati. Credit: Copyright 2015 Rhinegeist Brewery

Craft beer now outsells Budweiser in the U.S. With two to three craft breweries opening every day across America, every region of the country

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At your event, do a blind tasting. The best way to do that is to hide the label, which limits the discussion to how individual wines look, smell and taste. Credit: Copyright 2015 Zester Media

Friends who love wine love to drink wine together. Throwing a wine tasting with friends elevates the everyday into an event. Wine tastings are easy

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Troy Carter at the cider house where he hand-bottled the first vintage of Troy Cider. Credit: Courtesy of Troy Cider

Old, overgrown apple orchards were everywhere Troy Carter looked when he took a post-college motorcycle trek along the back roads of California's Sonoma Coast.

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The hilly terrain of Cain Vineyards in the Napa Valley. Credit: Janis Miglavs

 It is quiet at Cain Vineyards. The hillside estate at the top of Napa Valley's Spring Mountain is far removed from the hustle of

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