HELENA, CALIFORNIA | APRIL 29, 2015: The Napa | Sonoma chapter of Women for WineSense’s (WWS) Winemaking Roundtable will host international olfactory educator and luxury-tier wine consultant, Alexandre Schmitt, speaking in the Winemaker’s Den at Cairdean Estate, St. Helena’s new wine and food village destination estate. Cairdean Estate is located at 3111 St. Helena Hwy North, St. Helena, CA, 94574. The Roundtable will be held April 29, 2015, from 3:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mr. Schmitt will share perspective that expands and complements the winemaker’s role and offer some thought-provoking examples of his olfactory work.
ABOUT ALEXANDRE SCHMITT
Alexandre Schmitt is an international olfactory expert, perfumer, educator and luxury tier wine consultant trained at the Institut Supérieur International du Parfum in Versailles who works and teaches in many of the global wine capitals, with primary focus in Bordeaux, Burgundy and California’s leading wine regions. His specialization is bringing the olfactory common ground of these two industries together and applying it objectively to winemaking through his work at his consulting firm, Wine & Flavors.
Schmitt understands the goals of making delicious, intriguing wines that reflect a sense of style, place and quality. His effort is to help expand the structure of, and then develop our aromatic, universe, to identify and classify wine aromas, and to help winemakers apply that expertise to their targeted styles.
ABOUT THE EVENT
The roundtable meeting will open at 3:15 p.m. with Estate wines and networking in Cairdean’s tasting room, followed by a brief behind-the-scenes winemaker tour with hosting winemaker, winery owner and WWS Roundtable member, Stacia Williams. At 4 p.m., the group will gather in the Winemaker’s Den to enjoy the speaker’s presentation, followed by a question and answer session. Attendees are encouraged to bring a bottle of their wine for the Roundtable hosts and speakers. Attendees can mingle after the session in the outdoor lounge and try dinner at Cairdean’s Michelin Guide-awarded gastropub: http://www.cairdeanestate.com/The-Farmer–the-Fox.
Roundtable chair Julie Hagler Lumgair noted, “We are honored to have Alexandre Schmitt as our guest speaker. His expertise in both the global perfume and wine industries and ways to creatively apply these insights to the luxury tier wines of Napa and Sonoma will really connect with our group. Many of us have consulted or studied with him before. This forum is an excellent opportunity to ask candid questions and interact with an expert quite familiar with our wines, challenges, global styles and much more.”
Lumgair continued “The Winemaking Roundtable’s past meeting topics have focused upon the skills women winemakers need but aren’t always easy to get in the daily winemaking environment.” She further explained that, “Held at some of the region’s finest host wineries, these programs have been a fantastic opportunity for women winemakers to connect directly, in a welcoming and quite candid forum, with experts that they otherwise wouldn’t get to meet for personal advice and questions. Some of our recent speakers and hosts have included Wine Enthusiast’s critic and writer, Virginie Boone, at Gundlach Bundschu; winemaking and strategic innovation from Francis Ford Coppola’s CEO, Tracy Geldert; media training at Markham with Sonoma County Tourism’s CMO, Tim Zahner; winemaker’s financial finesse with St. Supéry’s CFO, Lori Felando; and winemaker career development at Vineyard 29 with Courtney Andrain of The Cypress Group.”
ABOUT THE WINEMAKING ROUNDTABLE: The Winemaking Roundtable meets approximately five times a year, taking a harvest break. Each meeting provides a great time to reconnect and meet new colleagues. The free roundtable meeting is open to WWS Winemaking Roundtable members and, as space allows, to other interested women winemakers and viticulturists who have either emailed and/or received RSVP guest confirmations through the Winemaker Roundtable Chair. (See below.) Please, spaces are pre-approved; no walk ins by non-members.
Details of this event can be found under “Events” on the WWS Napa Sonoma website. To RSVP, or for any questions on this event or future WWS Winemaking Roundtable events, please contact Ms. Lumgair at [email protected].
ABOUT WWS ROUNDTABLES: WWS’ eight current professional roundtables serve to provide a safe and confidential environment to meet in small peer groups on a bi-monthly or quarterly basis. According to WWS’ Professional Development Director Susan Kornblatt Idell, “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.” She added, “Multiple Roundtables have developed for our members in finance, accounting and human resources fields in the wine industry. We also have roundtables in winemaking and the marketing/direct-to-consumer fields.”
ABOUT WWS: Women for WineSense is a not-for-profit organization 501(c)6 formed in 1990 to help promote women working in the wine industry. WWS serves to help its members advance their careers in the wine industry by providing educational events, as well as aid wine enthusiasts in developing their wine knowledge. The Napa/Sonoma Chapter currently has more than 325 members of which 75% are professionals in the wine industry. To join or learn more about WWS’ roundtables, contact Susan Kornblatt Idell at [email protected], and for membership, please contact Ellen Reich Luchtel at [email protected] or visit the WWS chapter’s website: WWSNapaSonoma.com.