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Women for WineSense Winemaking and Viticulture Roundtable presents August 1st “Chardonnay, Rose and Croquet” at Sonoma Cutrer

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WINDSOR, CALIFORNIA: Women for WineSense Napa | Sonoma Chapter (WWS), announces the next Winemakers’ & Viticultural Roundtable on Wednesday, August 1, 2018, at one of Sonoma County’s leading Russian River Valley wineries, Sonoma Cutrer, located at 4401 Slusser Road, Windsor, CA, 95492. Hosts include Winemaking Director Mick Schroeter, Chardonnay Winemaker Cara Morrison, Grower Relations and Vineyard Operations Manager, Shannon Donnell, Pinot Winemaker Zidanelia Arcidiacono, Production Manager Mayra Hernandez. 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 tastes a series of Estate Chardonnays and Rose, and enjoys the famous croquet lawn, a behind-the-scenes production tour and classic outdoor entertaining overlooking the Estate vineyards.

ABOUT THE EVENT: The Roundtable will open at 3:00 p.m. with welcome wines and networking followed by a 3:30 p.m. behind-the-scenes production and winery tour. Afterwards the group will gather and enjoy a friendly game of croquet and tasting of noted Estate wines paired with an assortment of local cheese and charcuterie to celebrate the upcoming harvest.

Attendees are strongly encouraged to bring a bottle of wine as thanks for the hosts. Carpools from Napa locations are available.

RSVP DETAILS: Please, no walk-ins. The free roundtable meeting is open to WWS Winemaking and Viticulture Roundtable members and qualified 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 ([email protected]).

ABOUT THE WINERY: Since Sonoma-Cutrer’s establishment in 1981, only three select individuals have held the key role of Director of Winemaking. Their mission according to Mick Schroeter is "to marry together Burgundian traditions with Californian ingenuity and a deep appreciation for Sonoma Valley’s remarkable terroir. Beyond our craft, we strive to carry these values into our personal relationships and communities. We believe the good life, like good wine, is not primarily of any one element but is a perfectly unique balance of all elements. We utilize hard work and artistry, science and intuition, knowing and feeling.

Sonoma Cutrer Team: Chardonnay Winemaker Cara Morrison, Grower Relations and Vineyard Operations Manager, Shannon Donnell, Winemaking Director Mick Schroeter, Pinot Winemaker Zidanelia Arcidiacono,

ABOUT THE WINEMAKING & VITICULTURAL ROUNDTABLE: This Roundtable meets approximately six times a year, taking a harvest break. It is a great time to expand skills while reconnecting and meeting new industry professionals.

Roundtable Chair, Ms. Lumgair noted, “Our past meeting topics have focused upon the C-suite professional skills and other key industry 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 leading wine publication critics and senior editors, expert industry entrepreneurs and international academic coaches, 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. To RSVP, or for any questions on this event or future WWS Winemaking Roundtable events, please contact the Chair.


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’s 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].


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 2018 and 2019.

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