Turning tragedy into triumph

"Blind Wine Chick" uses her gift to find the best wines

Author: Jodi Mohrmann, Managing editor of special projects, jmohrmann@wjxt.com
Published On: Dec 23 2013 09:54:15 AM EST   Updated On: Dec 27 2013 06:20:00 AM EST

Life changed for Alex Elman when she was 27 years old; she lost her eyesight from juvenile diabetes.

“I’m going to call it a gift because for me it is a gift, to figure out how to get through life like this,” said Elman. “I think life, in general is about adapting.”

Now Elman runs her own company; she took her love for wine and turned it into a business.

“I think wine brings people together,” she said.

That’s just what guests are doing at this charity event she’s hosting.

“She made me feel very comfortable about going with my own, umm, instincts about wine tasting,” said a guest at the event, Mimi Steward.

“It was really interesting listening to her,” said another guest, Bobbie Gackowski.

Elman gives wine tasters some tips:


“You know, you can’t be wrong. It’s your palate, right?” Elman said.

Elman shares her knowledge across the country, and travels the world to find the best vino; as she’s the self-proclaimed “Blind Wine Chick.”

You can check out her website at www.aewines.com.