After spending an incredible four days at the 2017 World of Pinot Noir Wine Festival there were a few takeaways that I had from the experience. First, we are beyond fortunate with the incredible assortment of United States Pinot Noir Wines the guests and I were able to experience including California and Oregon Wines. As someone who adores Burgundy varietals (yes, I love Chardonnay and Pinot Noir) the World of Pinot Noir was really a dream event for me combing my favorite two varietals with the most talented winemakers in the industry.
Second, after attending this for my second year (read about my 2016 World of Pinot Noir coverage here), I tried to focus on getting to know some new winemakers and brands I was less familiar with. I paid special attention to the female winemakers as I’ve been wanting to dedicate a post to talented females in the industry and this was the perfect occasion! I am pleased to say there were quite a few pouring and or represented by their brands.
In honor of National Women’s Day and the amazing women in both the wine world and entrepreneurial world, I wanted to share some of the talented Female Winemakers I met this year at The World of Pinot Noir. As always, if I’m missing anyone please let me know as I’d love to expand this list to additional talented fearless women in wine. I thank each of you for your hard work, passion and success in winemaking. As a writer who loves to write about wine and learn about the topic, it’s even that much more special to get to write about strong, fearless, brilliant, successful women like you. Thank you again and I can’t wait to share a glass with you soon!
Fiddlehead Cellars: Winemaker Kathy Joseph
Learn more about Winemaker Kathy Joseph and Fiddlehead Cellars here.
Iter Cellars: Winemaker Jessica Gasca
Learn more about Winemaker Jessica and Iter Cellars here.
Rocky Point Cellars: Winemaker Amy Lee
Learn more Winemaker Amy Lee and Rocky Point Cellars here.
Nagy Wines: Winemaker Clarissa Nagy
Learn more aboutWinemaker Clarissa Nagy and Nagy Wines here.
DeLoach Vineyards: Katie Cochrane Carter
Learn more about DeLoach Wineyards here.
Cambria Wines – Denise Shurtleff Winemaker and Assistant Female Winemaker shown below
La Crema Willamette Valley Wines: Samantha Poehlman Asst. Winemaker
Kita Wines: Winemaker Tara Gomez
Buttonwood Winery & Seaspray: Winemaker Karen Steinwachs
A special thanks to The World of Pinot Noir Team and Solterra Strategies (The WOPN PR & Marketing Team) for hosting me to this incredible event. It’s always one of my favorite’s each year and I can’t wait for 2018!!