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Napa celebrates Women of the Vine

Marian Jansen op de Haar, More Uncorked Wine Industry Consultant and Deborah Brenner, author and founder of Women of the Vine.
Marian Jansen op de Haar, More Uncorked Wine Industry Consultant and Deborah Brenner, author and founder of Women of the Vine.
Julie Santiago

It is fitting that an event celebrating Napa winemaker women is held during Women’s History Month and on International Women’s Day, Saturday March 8th.

Women of the Vine celebrates its second Grand Tasting event
Courtesy of Women of the Vine and More Magazine

Founded by acclaimed author, Deborah Brenner, Women of the Vine, an idea that evolved from her book, is now the first-of-its-kind alliance of women vintners. The book, born during a turning point in her life, gave her the opportunity to embark in a journey of self-discovery inspired by the stories of success from women behind Napa wines.

Various sources indicate that women constitute between 55% and 65% of the US wine consumption market. It is most suitable to celebrate the women behind the wines that most likely will be enjoyed by.….you guessed it….women.

This year, Women of the Vine partnered with the leading national women’s lifestyle magazine, MORE, to start a first-of-a-kind wine club called MORE Uncorked®, which exclusively features wines made by the extraordinary women winemakers and winery owners of California.

In 2011, Women of the Vine proudly became the first and only winery partner of Farm Aid founded by Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young. Women of the Vine give ongoing donations to Farm Aid to support keeping America’s family farmers on the land.

The Women of the Vine Grand Tasting Event sponsored by MORE Uncorked will unite more than thirty of Napa Valley’s finest women winemakers and proprietors for an exclusive tasting and discussion. The event will take place on Saturday, March 8 from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM PST at the Meritage Resort and Spa, in Napa, CA.

Participating vintners include Heidi Barrett, La Sirena; Stephanie Putnam, Raymond Vineyards; Julianne Laks, Cakebread Cellars; Sara Fowler, Peju Province Winery and Vineyards; 
Katie Madigan, St. Francis Winery; Elizabeth Pressler, Elizabeth Spencer Wines; Alicia Ysais, HandCraft Artisan Collection; Stacy Clark, Charles Krug Winery; Sonja Magdevski, Casa Dumetz Wines; Susan Lueker & Megan Schofield, SIMI; Kelly Fields, Joseph Phelps; 
Nova Cadamatre, Robert Mondavi Winery; Robin Bogue, William James Cellars; Louisa Lindquist, Qupé & Verdad; Lauren Ackerman, Ackerman Family Vineyards; Alison Crowe, Garnet Vineyards; Amelia Ceja, Ceja Vineyards; Sharon Cohn & Cynthia Faust, Breathless; Jana Harvey, Scott Harvey Wines; Cassidy Ward, Hidden Ridge Vineyard; Lisa Bishop Forbes, Chalk Hill Estate; Melissa Stackhouse, J Vineyards; Shauna Rosenblum, Rock Wall Wine Company;
 Mari Wells Coyle, David Girard Vineyards; Pam Starr, Crocker & Starr; Margaret Davenport, Windsor Oak Vineyards and Winery;
 Karen Meyer, Meyer Family Vineyards
; Nicki Pruss, Nicolette Christopher; Sue Pey, Pey Vineyards;
 and Carol Shelton, Carol Shelton Wines.

The event will feature wines from acclaimed winemakers including Heidi Barrett from La Sirena, Nova Cadamatre from Robert Mondavi Winery, Julianne Laks from Cakebread Cellars, Stephanie Putnam from Raymond Vineyards, Kelly Fields from Joseph Phelps, Lisa Bishop Forbes from Chalk Hill Estate, Stacy Clark from Charles Krug Winery the and more. More magazine includes Carolyn Pollack Jewelry and Riedel® as sponsors of the event.

Consumers are invited to join MORE Uncorked® and Women of the Vine® for additional events throughout the weekend, including:

Friday, March 7

  • 3:00 PM – VIP Tour and Tasting at Raymond Vineyards

Saturday, March 8

  • 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM – Winery Tour at Ceja Vineyards
  • 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM – Winemaker Panel & Tasting hosted by MORE Uncorked® Wine Curator Marian Jansen op de Haar
  • 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM – Carolyn Pollack Jewelry Showcase (Complimentary)
  • 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM – Women of the Vine Grand Tasting Event Sponsored by MORE Uncorked®
  • 8:00 PM – Winemaker Estate Cave Dinner hosted by CBS: This Morning Contributor and Author Lee Woodruff

To purchase tickets or to receive further information about MORE Uncorked® and the Women of the Vine® Grand Tasting Event, visit the event website.

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