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Women for WineSense Winemaking & Viticulture Roundtable Presents Sixth Annual Holiday Bottle Exchange on December 4th at Chandon


Women for WineSenseYOUNTVILLE, CALIFORNIA | DECEMBER 4, 2019: The Napa | Sonoma chapter of Women for WineSense’s (WWS) Winemakers’ & Viticultural Roundtable will hold its members’ Holiday Bottle Exchange on Wednesday, December 4, 2019, from 3:00 to 5:30 pm at Domaine Chandon, 1 California Drive, Yountville, CA 94599. The Roundtable will be hosted by WWS members, Pauline Lhote, Winemaking Director, Laura Fontaine, Assistant Winemaker and Cassandra Bent, Grower Relations.


Early arrivals will meet at 3:00 p.m. in the scenic patio and lounge to enjoy time for mingling and sharing harvest stories while sampling Estate wines. At 3:30 p.m. Pauline Lhote and Laura Fontaine will lead a behind-the-scenes production tour focused on the magic of creating a distinct portfolio of sparkling wines applying méthode traditionnelle techniques.

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

RSVP DETAILS: 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 ([email protected]).



Domaine Chandon was the first winery to be established in the United States by a French wine and spirits producer, Moët Hennessy, sparked into life in 1973 by the visionary spirit of Robert-Jean de Vogüé and California pioneer John Wright.

Pauline LhoteToday, Chandon is America’s leading sparkling wine producer. Chandon’s Yountville winery, Domaine Chandon is headed by Winemaking Director, Pauline Lhote and her skilled team. They continue to innovate and apply méthode traditionnelle techniques to showcase the ripe fruit and vibrant character of California terroir.

Domaine Chandon provides visitors one of the most beautiful locations in Napa Valley to taste and learn about its award-winning portfolio year-round.


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 focused peer groups. 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 WWS roundtables for 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 line-up of events planned for 2020.  To join or learn more, please visit www.womenforwinesense.org.

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