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Discover 8 Amazing Women in Wine

Paige Comrie

In honor of Women’s History month, I wanted to share a roundup of a few of my favorite Women in Wine. As of today, only 10% of California’s 4000+ wineries have female winemakers, and women own just 4% of them. This is despite the fact that 57% of winedrinkers are females and scientifically women have better palates. There is work to do -- share and support these amazing women, and next time you reach for a bottle, make sure you reach for one of these!

Vital Wines is a non-profit winery dedicated to making healthcare more accessible for vineyard and cellar workers. Founded by Ashley Trout, Vital was created to serve an underrepresented part of the industry. Often, the people in the backend of winemaking work harder than you could imagine to bring us the wines we love, but don’t have access to traditional healthcare programs. Vital donates 100% of their profits to this mission, which includes a free SOS clinic that offers bilingual service with no questions asked. They also throw an annual fundraiser dinner that brings vineyard workers, wine buyers, and winemakers together, forging healthier relationships between all walks of the valley. ⁣

Geodesy Wines was founded by Judy Jordan in gratitude, with the sole purpose of advancing the next generation of women in agriculture. Their wines are exquisite micro-lot wines from stunning estate vineyards (their Chehalem Mountain Chardonnay is a favorite of mine!). All profits support their WG Edge program that connects young women with a multi-generational village of teachers, mentors, and internship sponsors who guide, support, and open doors for them.⁣

One Stone Cellars is a tribute to women in wine and a portion of each sale goes to support @dreambigdarling_org , a retreat I was lucky enough to partake in earlier this year. The retreat provides a space for women in the industry to connect, dream, and inspire each other forward. Building those relationships is absolutely invaluable. And the wine in this bottle is absolutely fantastic.

Hoopes Vineyard — ⁣Lindsay Hoopes is passionate about creating a full experience for people who come to visit her “Oasis” — for wine lovers, for those not that into wine, for parents looking for children-friendly wineries, for wine experts and novices alike. There’s something for everyone at the tasting room. The tasting room is designed to remind us that wine is an agricultural product, and the tasting room shouldn’t be removed from that, but rather part of the holistic experience. ⁣

Lindsay also believes in crafting really beautiful wines that are approachable and enjoyable for everyday moments, while still feeling special. Everyday is a special occasion, especially in current times, and we all deserve to drink great wines! ⁣For me the standouts were their Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, but I would easily take home the whole lineup if I could. 😍

Gallica Wine is a dream-become-reality for winemaker Rosemary Cakebread. Having winemaking experience in both Napa and Bordeaux, Rosemary knew she wanted her wines to be elegant, single vineyard bottlings that depict the story of the vintage and the vineyard. I had the opportunity to hear her speak at an event last year, and I was just blown away by how thoughtful, humble, and brilliant she is as a person — not to mention, she’s one of the OG female winemakers in Napa. AND one of the major players who helped bring Napa Cab to prominence. It’s a true honor to drink her wines.

Gallica Cabernet is elegant, but powerful. In the glass you’ll find dark, inky fruit, soaring aromatics, and tremendous depth and complexity, especially for such a young bottle. Their team touts this vintage as the most impressive bottling yet from the site, with immense potential to age and evolve. Simply stunning! 🍷⁣

Bruliam Wines - Named after her children, Bruno, Lily, and Amelia (the name is the first two letters from each of their names), Kerith considers her wines her fourth and final child. She’s incredibly passionate about everything she does, sourcing from top vineyards and growers, and crafting extraordinarily beautiful wines. Most of what she makes are single-vineyard Pinot Noirs that will make your mouth water and heart sing.

Bruliam Wines is small production (around 1000 cases/year). You’ll notice that each bottle features the name of the vineyard it’s sourced from — In exchange for access to outstanding grapes, Kerith promises the vintners a wine that is expressive of their vineyard, reflective of their farming, and brings pride to their partnership. Adding the vineyard name is a symbol of this sacred pact. ⁣

Drink Seppi - Kelsey grew up in the wine industry, learning from her grandfather at the dinner table, in the vineyards and by watching him build an iconic business. Like Joe, Kelsey is an entrepreneur at heart. She practiced law in Silicon Valley before following her dream to join her family in the wine industry. Kelsey opted to start her own company, SEPPI Craft Sparkling Wines, so that she could focus on creating wines that directly reflect her tastes and personality.

SEPPI wines are beautifully done and incredibly food-friendly.

McBride Sisters - Two Sisters, One Story. The Largest Black-Owned, Women-Owned Wine Company In The US. Most people are familiar with this brand for their “Black Girl Magic” wines.

Raised among the vines of Monterey, California and Marlborough, New Zealand, one could say that the McBride Sisters’ path to winemaking was destiny at work.

Newly found sisters who had been raised across the world from one another, Robin and Andréa’s love affair with wine was planted within them from an early age while growing up in two of the world’s most iconic wine-growing regions.

In 2005, the sisters found themselves together in California, fueled by a shared passion for all things wine, wine-making and a desire to shake up the industry with a blend of old-world elegance and new-world finesse. It was then that the McBride Sisters Collection was born.

Listen to their “How I Built This” Podcast episode for all the details.

Sutro Wines - Crafted in Sonoma by a true artist at work, Sutro wines is an independent, women-owned and operated winery located along Healdsburg's renowned Chalk Hill Road in the Alexander Valley.

Alice Warnecke Sutro is an artist, winemaker and grapegrower. She founded the wine label SUTRO in 2012 and manages all aspects of the business. She is also proud to work in agriculture for her family business: Warnecke Ranch & Vineyard, the inspiration for her wine label and where she sources premium Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc.

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Paige Comrie is a Certified American Wine Expert and holds her WSET3 Advanced Certificate in Wine. She's passionate about helping connect consumers with great bottles of wine, and inspiring people to live the "wine lifestyle". This phrase, to her, means elevating the everyday, enjoying the little moments, and taking time to sip and savor everything life has to offer. In addition to wine and food, Paige also writes on the subject of Social Media and Digital Marketing, specifically focusing on the wine industry. Follow her on Instagram @winewithpaige

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