The US journalist and wine critic Lisa Perrotti-Brown (*1968) was born in Maine (USA). After graduating in English Literature, she moved to England in 1989 and worked as a playwright and in a wine bar. This sparked her interest in wine, which led to studying and graduating with a diploma at WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust) in London. She then worked for 12 years in various sales and marketing positions in the wine industry. In 2002, Lisa Perrotti-Brown moved to Tokyo (Japan) where she worked for the "Academie du Vin". She visited many Japanese and other Asian wine-growing regions and became intensively involved in viticulture for the purpose of improving quality from local grape varieties. She then moved to Singapore in 2008, where she graduated as Master of Wine after 5 years of study. In 2013, she took over as editor-in-chief of the Wine Advocate, founded by US wine critic Robert Parker. She is considered one of the most influential women in the wine world.