About Courtney

Courtney Cochran is a certified sommelier, entrepreneur and author operating forward-thinking business Your Personal Sommelier™ in San Francisco, California. Besides penning the Hip Tastes blog, she is the author of the book Hip Tastes: The Fresh Guide to Wine, a breezy and informative guide to wine published October 4, 2007 by Viking Studio, an imprint of Penguin Group USA. The book was named the 2007 Georges Duboeuf Wine Book of the Year, and the San Francisco Chronicle says owning it is like having “a sommelier in your pocket.”

Courtney has been profiled in Haute Living, Vogue, Business Week, C Magazine (“San Francisco’s Most Wanted Wine Guru,” May 2007), Domino and Daily Candy and appeared on numerous television and radio networks including ABC, NBC, Fox, NPR and Martha Stewart Living Radio. She is the lead columnist for WineCountry.com, a popular online wine travel resource, and her work has also appeared in Maxim, among other publications.

She holds her sommelier certification from the American Court of Master Sommeliers, a sommelier diploma from the International Sommelier Guild and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. When she’s not working, Courtney likes to golf, travel, rummage through flea markets and vintage boutiques, kibitz with friends over long lunches, and…of course…drink lots of ridiculously good wine. Cheers to that.


Haute Living
Vogue (pdf)
C Magazine (pdf)
San Francisco Magazine (pdf)
Domino (pdf)

San Francisco Chronicle – Book Review (pdf)
San Francisco Chronicle – Hip Tastes Events (pdf)
Contra Costa Times (pdf)

All the Best

eNews, etc.
BusinessWeek Online (pdf)
UCLA Recent Grads Spotlight
    March 21, 2006
    June 27, 2006
    November 28, 2006
Daily Candy
    Profile, January 25, 2006
    Weekend Guide, March 30, 2006
    Weekend Guide, February 16, 2006
    Weekend Guide, September 21, 2006