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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 contributes to Fast Company and other publications. In cooperation with Entrepreneur Media, 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]


The ongoing, really depressing recession makes me want to eat lots of great food on the cheap…because I can. Every day I consider a

Emal Haidary

Food stories matter. I saw this truth with fresh eyes recently when an Afghani journalist and a team of Los Angeles high school teachers


There was a time when wine stores everywhere stocked Silverado Vineyards' flagship $25 Napa County chardonnay. A killer value -- better than the oceans

Jessica Harris Reading

Sunday afternoon, the cool sounds of Steve Goldun's jazz quartet filled our backyard where more than 120 people gathered to honor Zester Daily contributor

Corie Brown

When wine critic Robert M. Parker Jr. announced last week that he would no longer personally rate California's wines for his influential publication "The


The economic recession hit California's wine industry hard in 2008, and Michael Polenske, owner of Blackbird Vineyards, feared sales of his ultra-premium merlot wines


Ten years ago, Molly O'Neill set off in her 1999 Saab station wagon, her bearded collies Oliver Wendell Woofer and Tootsie Roll in the

Miyuli and Corie

I hope everyone checks out my New York Times story on koshu wine.  All of my stories from Japan were made possible through a