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Women for WineSense Winemaking & Viticulture Roundtable Presents Fifth Annual Holiday Bottle Exchange on December 5th at Raymond Vineyards


ST. HELENA, CALIFORNIA | DECEMBER 3, 2018: 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 5, 2018, from 3:00 to 5:30 pm at Raymond Vineyards located at 849 Zinfandel Lane, St. Helena, CA, 94574.

The event is hosted by Taylor Ramsey, Boisset Collection Grower Relations Representative, and WWS Board member, Lisa Brown, Brand Manager LVE and Import Portfolios, with special thanks to Stephanie Putnam, Director of Winemaking and the Raymond Vineyards team. 


Early arrivals will meet at 3:00 p.m. in the elegant Red Room to enjoy time for mingling and sharing harvest stories while sampling Estate wines. At 3:30 p.m. Taylor Ramsey will lead a behind-the-scenes production and vineyard tour focused on organic and biodynamic practices. 

At 4:00 p.m. the group will enjoy more wine tasting, discussion and a tiered gift exchange of special bottles from each of the attendees’ collections. Arrival time is flexible for attendees until 4 pm. start of gift exchange.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a bottle of their wine to share in the fifth annual holiday bottle exchange and a second bottle as thanks to the Roundtable hosts. Carpools from Napa and Sonoma are available.

Directly following the Roundtable, attendees are welcome to stay for a second holiday party for the full cross-functional WWS Napa / Sonoma chapter membership in Raymond’s Crystal Cellar from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.


Please, no walk-ins. 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. 

To RSVP, or for any questions on this event or future WWS Winemaking Roundtable events, please contact the Chair, Julie Lumgair (Julie@Lumgair.com).


Five generations of the Raymond family created a Napa icon. Founded in 1970, Raymond Vineyards now comprises 300 acres in Rutherford, St. Helena and Jamieson Canyon. Today, the vision of Proprietor Jean-Charles Boisset, Raymond inspires guests’ passion for fine wine in an environment of exploration, creativity, and elegant whimsicality. Stephanie Putnam’s winemaking portfolio is anchored by Raymond’s Rutherford and St. Helena estate vineyards which are certified organic and biodynamic, in the winery 100% powered by renewable solar energy.


This Roundtable meets approximately six times a year, taking a harvest break. 

Roundtable Chair, Julie Lumgair, noted “Our past meeting topics have focused upon the C-suite professional skills and 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 top wine publication critics and senior editors, leading academics, 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. It is a great way to expand skills while reconnecting and meeting new industry professionals.


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’ 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 President, Maryam Ahmed


WWS is a national 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 lineup of events planned for 2019. To join or learn more, please visit www.womenforwinesense.org



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