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Celia Welch
Celia Welch

ST. HELENA, CALIFORNIA | JANUARY 9, 2019: The Napa | Sonoma chapter of Women for WineSense’s (WWS) Winemakers’ & Viticultural Roundtable presents a candid conversation with famed consulting winemaker Celia Welch on Wednesday, January 9, 2019, from 3:00 to 5:30 pm at Quintessa located at 1601 Silverado Trail, Saint Helena, CA 94574. The event is hosted by Rebekah Wineburg, Winemaker, and Samantha Baronessa, Enologist.

ABOUT THE EVENTEarly arrivals will meet at 3:00 p.m. to enjoy time for mingling while sampling Estate wines.  At 3:30 p.m. Ms. Wineburg will lead a behind-the-scenes production tour focused on organic and biodynamic vineyard practices and their gravity flow cellar. 

At 4:00 p.m. the group will enjoy more wine tasting, announcements and a program featuring candid discussion with internationally renowned consulting winemaker, Celia Welch.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a bottle or two of their wine to as thanks to the Roundtable hosts and our guest speaker.  Carpools from Napa and Sonoma are available.

Rebekah Wineburg
Rebekah Wineburg

RSVP DETAILS:  Please, no walk-ins.  The 2019 kick-off free roundtable meeting is open exclusively to WWS Winemaking and Viticulture Roundtable members and remaining spaces will be assigned to interested women winemakers and viticulturists that have emailed and received RSVP guest confirmations through the Roundtable Chair. 

To RSVP, or for any questions on this event or future WWS Winemaking Roundtable events, please contact the Chair, Julie Lumgair (Julie@Lumgair.com).

ABOUT THE WINERY:  In 1989, Augustin and Valeria Huneeus came upon a great property hidden in the heart of Napa Valley’s Rutherford appellation. Spread over 280 acres of rolling hills and small valleys, this pristine land had never before been planted. Today, a total of 160 acres are planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Carménère on 26 vineyard blocks. Each block is farmed—organically and biodynamically—harvested, and vinified individually to preserve and enhance the nuances of the land.  Depending on the vintage, Quintessa may include some or all of the five varietals grown on the property.

ABOUT THE WINEMAKING & VITICULTURAL ROUNDTABLE: This Roundtable meets approximately six times a year, taking a harvest break. 

Roundtable Chair, Julie  Lumgair, noted “Our past meeting topics have focused upon the C-suite professional skills and insights women winemakers and viticultural professionals need but aren’t always easy to get in their daily work environment.”  

She further explained that, “Held at some of Napa and Sonoma’s finest host wineries, these programs have been a fantastic opportunity for women winemakers  and viticulturists to connect directly, in a friendly professional forum, with experts that they otherwise wouldn’t get to meet for personal advice and questions.  Some of our recent speakers have included top wine publication critics and senior editors, leading academics, global sensory consultants, sommeliers, media trainers, CFO’s and GM’s in panel discussions and key recruiters.”

Professionally qualified winemaker and viticulture guests may attend up to two Roundtables before deciding to join.  It is a great way to expand skills while reconnecting and meeting new industry professionals.

ABOUT ADDITIONAL WWS ROUNDTABLES:  WWS’ eight current professional roundtables serve to provide a welcoming and confidential environment to meet in small peer groups on a bi-monthly or quarterly basis. Members network, provide advice and support for one another, as well as foster educational occasions by inviting guest speakers in their fields and discussing ‘hot issues’ facing members in their day-to-day work. Multiple Roundtables have developed for WWS industry members in finance, accounting, human resources, winemaking/viticulture and marketing/direct-to-consumer fields.

The Napa/Sonoma Chapter currently has more than 400 members of which 80% are wine industry professionals. To join or learn more about WWS’ roundtables, please visit www.womenforwinesense.org.  For inquiries about other WWS roundtables for additional functions besides winemaking and viticulture, contact the Napa| Sonoma Chapter’s President, Maryam Ahmed

ABOUT WOMEN FOR WINESENSE:  WWS is a national not-for-profit organization 501(c)6.   The Napa| Sonoma Chapter founded in 1990 is the founding chapter of this national organization which provides outstanding educational and networking opportunities to both wine industry professionals and wine enthusiasts by presenting educational, insightful and stimulating events in a welcoming, fun environment.  Both men and women of legal drinking age are welcome to join.  There is an exciting line-up of events planned for 2019. To join or learn more, please visit www.womenforwinesense.org

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