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Women Winemakers Making History

Many women have gained prominence as culinary pioneers, or chefs and restaurant owners in their own right. Starting with Julia Child and now Giada de Laurentiis, Rachel Ray and many others. The same phenomenon is taking place as more women are directing the cultivation and development of vineyards and wineries all over the world. Like many restaurant kitchens, the art of wine making too, is seeing women making history.

The first “Women of the Vine” Global Symposium will take place in March in Napa, CA. Devoted to advancing women’s careers in the wine industry, this two-day event will enable women to hone their business skills, gather fresh ideas and network with other like-minded women in the wine industry, as it uncovers some of the personal, family and business dynamics of today’s women in wine. Women attending the symposium come from all facets of the wine industry: from winemaking to marketing, educators, sommeliers and proprietors of their own wineries.

To recognize the successes of these and other women breaking new ground in winemaking, Smith & Wollensky will offer a unique “Women of Wine” flight featuring three wines developed by women vintners. Sample these 3 premium wines for $20 has been extended through April.

Make a reservation to enjoy this special wine flight.

Galerie Wines will feature Naissance, a 2011 100% Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc. The winery in Oakville, CA is led by winemaker Laura Díaz-Muñoz, who brings her unique world view to the prism of California winemaking. The result is a variety of sophisticated wines that marry European sensibilities with exceptional fruit from Napa Valley and Knights Valley.

”I want to make wine that is alive, always changing”, Díaz-Muñoz says. Galerie is her debut project and is a style very much her own. Sauvignon Blanc wine is rich and full-bodied but also crisp with a nice balance between citrus and some tropical flavors, with a long, mineral finish.
Cambria Estate Winery of Santa Maria, CA, offers 2013 Cambria Clone 4, a 100% Pinot Noir. This family-owned, estate winery is known for several decades of diligent winemaking and vineyard experience. The winemaker is Denise Shurtleff who believes being in charge of a large, single estate has its advantages. Additionally, each Cambria bottle features an original watercolor painting by the winery’s co-proprietor, Julia Jackson.

“Because the winery is on the same site as the vineyard, we get to observe all facets of the growing season. The quality and condition of our fruit is never a surprise. We can better anticipate the type of winemaking procedures we need to do – or not do! – before the grapes are even harvested.” The Pinot Noir wine has a dark garnet color, this complex wine is brimming with rich red fruit, Asian spices and earthly characteristics backed with a silky tannin structure and a long balanced finish.
The third featured wine is a 2012 Bordeaux Lafite Réserve Spéciale Rouge from the famed Les Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) winery based in Bordeaux, France. The family has owned vineyards in the region for generations. Inspired by a grand tradition of quality the team’s mastery and perfect knowledge are responsible for the unparalleled quality of their wines.

The Collection Wines Manager, Diane Flamand, joined DBR in 2004. Throughout her 30-year career in winemaking she has trained and worked at various vineyards in France and has spent time at wineries in California and South Africa to broaden her experience and skills.

The Bordeaux is intense and aromatic on the nose, dominated by aromas of berries and licorice, this wine is generous and full-bodied on the palate.