Born in New York City to an American oenophile and a Brazilian chef, Alexandra Elman was exposed to wine and food at an early age.
She spent her youth in Brazil, France and New York and this early exposure to an array of food and wines honed both her palate and passion for high quality wines made without manipulation.
Elman began her career at Perrier-Jouët Champagne in Epernay, France. Upon her return to the U.S., Elman worked for her stepfather, Basil Winston, and at Sherry Lehman, trading rare and fine wines from all over the world.
In her late 20s, Elman lost her vision completely but she never stopped working in the wine world, and soon discovered that her palate had become even more focused. Her passion for wine grew, and Elman developed a reputation as someone who not only had an intricate knowledge of fine wine, but an extraordinary sense of what might succeed.
In 2009, Alex formed her private label, Alex Elman Wines, of small production, artisan wines from sustainable vineyards that truly represent terroir. Today, she travels the world with Hanley, her seeing eye dog, seeking out the best wines the earth has to offer.