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Zaca Mesa Winemaker Kristin Bryden Invited to Renowned James Beard House in Celebration of International Women’s Day


Santa Ynez Valley, CA — Zaca Mesa Winery & Vineyards, the family owned winery with a long-standing history in Santa Barbara County, is thrilled to share that Winemaker Kristin Bryden will be participating in a celebratory dinner at the James Beard House highlighting female chefs and winemakers on International Women’s Day.

Presented by the non-profit organization, Women Chefs and Restaurateurs (WCR), in collaboration with the James Beard Foundation, the “Women Chefs Rule: Immigration of Flavor” event, held in conjunction with International Women’s Day, will take place on March 8, 2019 at the James Beard House in New York City. Featuring a multicultural menu by first-generation immigrant female chefs, the dinner will be paired exclusively with Rhône wines crafted by women winemakers of the Rhone Rangers, the leading non-profit organization dedicated to promoting American Rhône varietal wines.

Zaca Mesa’s Bryden, an advocate for Rhône wines and member of the Rhone Rangers, will be one of four female winemakers in attendance. “As a female winemaker, it’s an absolute honor to be participating in an event that promotes and celebrates women across the food and wine industries,” says Bryden. “What an amazing opportunity to highlight American Rhône wines in such a dynamic setting.”

For over 45 years, Zaca Mesa has proudly produced hand-crafted, Rhône-style wines, and as the first to plant Syrah in the area in 1978, has remained committed to pioneering the Santa Barbara Rhône movement. Adds Bryden, “I couldn’t be more thrilled to represent our wines and our Santa Barbara region, celebrating Zaca Mesa’s dedication to Rhône varieties and sharing in that pioneering spirit with my fellow female wine and food professionals.”

The James Beard Foundation’s mission is to celebrate, nurture and honor chefs and other leaders making America’s food culture more delicious and diverse. As part of this mission, The JBF offers a variety of events designed to educate, inspire, entertain and foster an appreciation of American cuisine. WCR advances women across the culinary industry through education, promotion, connection and inspiration.

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