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Wine Women launches Winemakers’ Forum on November 10th at Passaggio


WINE WOMEN LogoSonoma, California | October 31, 2016: WINE WOMEN, a new, nonprofit professional trade organization focused on advancing women’s careers in the wine industry by fostering and nurturing talent, providing networking and training opportunities, as well as advocating for better opportunities for women in this industry, will launch its women Winemakers’ Forum on Thursday, November 10th, at Passaggio Wines’ production facility, on Eighth Street East in Sonoma at 4 p.m. The meeting is open to women winemakers, assistant and associate winemakers and enologists in the wine industry.


Attendees will have an opportunity to network with other women in their profession in the wine industry and explore ways in which they can expand their collective knowledge and leverage their relationships to enhance their careers.

At this first meeting, not only will guests get a tour and introduction to host Cindy Cosco’s new production facility, but they’ll also discuss why a focused networking group can be the stepping stone to something greater and/or more fulfilling for their career. They will also explore which winemaker-related topics are of greatest importance to them and determine the parameters for future meetings.

Potential topics of future meetings may include confidential exchange of specific winemaking challenges and advice; understanding wine cost accounting; implications of the broad wine market on winemaking decisions; successful preparation and presentation of an ROI analysis for capital purchases; how to identify and successfully engage the gatekeepers as well as securing strategic relationships with suppliers and working on grower relations.

“This is the sixth forum I’ve launched this year, and each one is more exciting than the last! We waited until harvest was complete before kicking off this forum since our women winemaking members face unique challenges,” explained Forums Director, Jackie Egidio. She continued, “This first meeting is designed to determine what members’ top priorities are for future meetings, as well as map out the Forum structure and schedule.” In addition, guests will have the opportunity to network with other attendees.

Linda Trotta, chair of the Winemakers’ Forum, added, “After an exhilarating harvest this year, it will be wonderful to hear from all the attendees about their experiences, challenges and career plans for growth. The Wine Women format will provide a unique set of tools to enhance women winemakers’ career trajectory while laying a foundation for greater opportunities.”

The meeting is open to women members and non-members alike. Advance registration is required. Details and registration: Winemakers’ Forum Launch.


In 2004, Cindy Cosco left a 15-year law enforcement career to pursue her passion and family tradition of winemaking. Passaggio was born in 2007 when Cindy began making her own wines while working at Crushpad. She was promoted to Winemaker at Crushpad but left later to pursue her dream after the winemaking facililty moved to Napa and subsequently Sonoma. 2014 saw the successful opening of her tasting room off the Sonoma Plaza. And just in time for the 2016 harvest, she built her own production facility off Eighth Street East in Sonoma. Her wines are handcrafted with passion, rooted in her heritage, and made as part of her continual journey.


WINE WOMEN Forums are career development tools for women (and men) in the wine industry. Each forum is profession- or topic-driven, such as finance and accounting, human resources, winemaking, marketing, and other facets of the business. Additional forums are in the planning stages for 2017, such as management and operations. Eligibility to join a forum is established by each forum’s membership. Forums are open to both women and men (unless otherwise stated). Advance registration is required.


WINE WOMEN’s mission is “To champion the advancement of women’s careers in the wine industry by building strong relationships, essential business skills and leadership among members.” At the core of the new 501(c)(3) nonprofit professional organization’s activities are programs focused on providing the tools, guidance and creativity for members to attain industry prominence.

For more information about WINE WOMEN, visit: http://winewomen.net/about/ or call 707.996.8740. Visit WINE WOMEN’s website at WineWomen.net, or their Facebook page, WineWomenOrg, or find them on Twitter @WineWomenOrg. For membership information, email Ellen Reich Luchtel, Membership Director, at [email protected]. For complete details on their events calendar, visit: WineWomen.net/Events-List.

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