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Women for WineSense Winemaking Roundtable Hosts July 19th Summer Tasting at Valley of the Moon Winery at Madrone Estate


GLEN ELLEN, CALIFORNIA:  Women for WineSense Napa | Sonoma Chapter (WWS), announces the next Winemakers’ & Viticultural Roundtable on Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at one of Sonoma Valley’s historic landmarks, Valley of the Moon Winery at Madrone Estate located at 777 Madrone Road, Glen Ellen, CA 95442, hosted by noted winemaker, Kat Doescher.  This event has flexible timing between 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., with attendees coming and going as they wish, as the group experiences the elegant tasting lounges, bocce ball, the historic barrel cellar built in 1888 and classic Sonoma outdoor entertaining overlooking old vine Estate vineyards. 

ABOUT THE EVENT:  The Roundtable will open at 3:00 p.m. with welcome wines and networking followed by a 4:00 p.m. behind-the-scenes winemaker tour.   Afterwards the group will gather and enjoy a friendly game of bocce ball and tasting of Estate and Roundtable members’ own wines to celebrate the upcoming harvest.   An assortment of bright summer wines and classic reds from Kat Doescher will be paired with Estate Chef Sam Badolato’s casual gourmet bruschetta bar, summer salads, cheese and charcuterie. 

Attendees are encouraged to bring a bottle of wine for the host and optional one to share in the group tasting.  Members’ kids are welcome for this unique summer gathering.  Carpools from Napa, Sonoma and other locations are available.  

The free roundtable meeting is open to WWS Winemaking Roundtable members and interested women winemakers and viticulturists that have emailed and received RSVP guest confirmations through the Roundtable Chair.  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 the Chair, Julie Hagler Lumgair ( [email protected] | 415-786-3415).

ABOUT THE HOSTS:  The Madrone Vineyard’s history began 150 years ago.  When Stewart Family Estates had the opportunity to acquire the historic vineyards and winery, their mission was clear to Proprietor, Tony Stewart.  He noted the restoration’s goal  of  “thoughtful stewardship intersecting with small-lot winemaking in an unparalleled setting. Located in the heart of Sonoma Valley, it’s the oldest operating winery in Glen Ellen, producing rich wines from 100-year-old vines.”  The Stewart Family is a third generation, pioneering, west coast wine family who first planted vines in 1961. They appreciate the intricacies of farming premium vineyards and crafting fine wine both in Sonoma County and at Quail’s Gate Winery in Canada’s Okanagan Valley.

ABOUT THE WINEMAKING & VITICULTURAL ROUNDTABLE:  WWS  is the premier wine education and networking organization for industry professionals and wine aficionados.   The Roundtable meets six times a year, taking a harvest break.  It is a great time to expand skills while reconnecting and meeting new industry professionals.

The free roundtable meeting is open to WWS Winemaking Roundtable members and interested women winemakers and viticulturists who have emailed and received RSVP guest confirmations through the roundtable chair.  Guests may attend up to two roundtables before deciding to join.

Lumgair commented “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 forum, with experts that they otherwise wouldn’t get to meet for personal advice and questions.  Some of our recent speaker shave included global sensory consultants, noted wine critics, sommeliers and key wine publication editors, media trainers, CFO’s and GM’s in panel discussions and leading recruiters.”

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 http://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 WOMEN FOR WINESENSE:  WWS is a 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 2017.  To join or learn more about the various WWS roundtables and general events, please visit www.womenforwinesense.org

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