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Women for WineSense Winemaking Roundtable Will Present Third Annual Holiday Bottle Exchange at Franciscan Estate


franciscans-visitor-centerNAPA, CALIFORNIA | DECEMBER 7, 2016: The Napa | Sonoma chapter of Women for WineSense’s (WWS) Winemakers’ & Viticultural Roundtable will hold its Harvest Wrap Up & Holiday Bottle Exchange on Wednesday, December 7, 2016, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 pm at Oakville’s renowned Franciscan Estate located at 1178 Galleron Road, St. Helena, CA, 94574.

The free roundtable meeting is open to WWS Winemaking and Viticulture Roundtable members and interested women winemakers and viticulturists that have emailed and received RSVP guest confirmations through the Roundtable Chair.  Please, no walk-ins.

Janet Myers
Janet Myers

The event is hosted by Janet Myers, Director of Winemaking, and Winemaker, Marla Carroll.  For more than 40 years, Franciscan Estate’s rich history has been shaped by an artisanal approach to winemaking—blending only the best from hundreds of lots to craft fine wines that fully express the classic varieties and its vineyard origins. The winery’s prized vineyards include 240 acres within the famed Oakville appellation.  Since 2003 and 2004, respectively, Ms. Myers and Ms. Carroll have been hands-on contributors in many roles to this tradition.

ABOUT THE EVENTEarly arrivals will meet at 3:00 p.m. in the Franciscan Wine Library to enjoy networking and share harvest stories while sampling outstanding Estate wines paired with cheeses and charcuterie.  Ms. Myers noted “it’s a great time to reconnect with winemaker colleagues and enjoy some time for yourself as holidays swing into gear.”

Marla Carroll
Marla Carroll

The roundtable meeting will open at 3:30 p.m. with a behind-the-scenes winemaker tour, followed by more wine tasting, group discussion and gift exchange of special bottles from each of the attendees’ collections.   Attendees are encouraged to bring a bottle of their wine as thanks to the Roundtable hosts and another to share in the third annual holiday bottle exchange.   Carpools from Napa and Sonoma are available.

The roundtable “wrap up” commemorates the special group’s talents and members’ invaluable camaraderie, created throughout the past year focused on advanced career skills.  As noted by roundtable chair Julie Hagler Lumgair, “Our past meeting topics have focused upon the C-suite professional skills 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 global sensory consultants, wine critics, sommeliers  and key wine publication editors, media trainers, CFO’s and GM’s in panel discussions and leading recruiters.”

ABOUT THE WINEMAKING & VITICULTURAL ROUNDTABLE AND RSVP DETAILS: The Winemaking Roundtable meets approximately five times a year, taking a harvest break.  Professionally qualified winemaker and viticulture guests may attend up to two Roundtables before deciding to join.

Please, all attendees must be pre-approved; no walk-ins.  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 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 350 members of which 70% 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 Roundtables Director, Lisa Bishop Forbes, [email protected].

ABOUT WWS:  The Napa| Sonoma Chapter of Women for WineSense is the founding chapter celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. The founding chapter continues to present educational, insightful and stimulating events in a non-intimidating and fun environment. The chapter provides educational and networking opportunities to both wine industry professionals and wine enthusiasts. Both men and women of legal drinking age are welcome to join Women for WineSense. The Napa| Sonoma Chapter has an exciting line-up of events. To learn more about joining this chapter, visit their website.



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