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Women for WineSense Winemaking & Viticulture Roundtable Will Host Jancis Robinson MW,  Wednesday, May 12th, 2021 

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NAPA / SONOMA, CALIFORNIA |May 5, 2021:  On Wednesday, May 12th, 2021,  from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. the Napa | Sonoma chapter of Women for WineSense’s (WWS) Winemaking & Viticultural Roundtable will host conversation live from London with one of the wine world’s most recognizable and influential writers and critics, the legendary Jancis Robinson MW.

ABOUT THE EVENT: Jancis Robinson will share her stories and perspective on breaking barriers, educating and inspiring new generations of wine professionals, educating an industry, the process and evolution of her work, thoughts specific to this winemaking and viticulture professional audience and more.  With a career spanning over four decades, her passion for learning and all things wine is contagious.  This intimate conversation is not to be missed. 

The non-recorded event will be hosted live with private zoom registration links for active Roundtable members.  At  8:45 a.m. site log-ins open.  At 9:00 a.m., Roundtable leaders will cover brief announcements and introductions , followed by a lively conversation with Ms. Robinson.  Interactive Q&A will be welcomed using the chat function with event moderators.  Members may also send questions in advance by email or the link on their invitation.

Roundtable chair Julie Lumgair noted, “We are incredibly honored to have Jancis speak with our group.  This is an exceptional opportunity for members to listen, learn and converse with one of the most inspiring and influential luminaries of our industry.  We are all thrilled.”

ABOUT THE SPEAKER:  Jancis Robinson is consistently referred to as one of the most recognizable and noted writers and critics in the world of wine.  A prolific contributor and collaborator, she writes daily for JancisRobinson.com, and weekly for The Financial Times.  She started her wine career in 1976 as editor of British wine trade magazine Wine and Spirit, became the first person outside the trade to pass her Master of Wine (MW) exam in 1984, then contributed to numerous publications, networks and projects along her journey including Wine Spectator, the BBC and British Airways.  She continues to tirelessly explore, write and guide enthusiasts and professionals through the ever-changing landscape of the wine industry.

Her publications are highly awarded and recognized as industry standard references including The Oxford Companion to Wine, The World Atlas of Wine with Hugh Johnson, Wine Grapes with Julia Harding and Jose’ Vouillamoz, American Wine with Linda Murphy, and the 24-Hour Wine Expert, just to name a few.  An award-winning TV presenter, she is invited all over the world to conduct wine events and has the honor of advising Her Majesty, The Queen of England, on her cellar.  In what she fondly refers to as her “Groaning Mantlepiece,” she has been internationally recognized for her contributions to the wine and culinary world including six James Beard Awards and being made Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) among numerous top global honors.  More information about her work, her team, what they believe and her many accomplishments can be found at JancisRobinson.com.

In her own words, Ms. Robinson “loves and lives for wine in all its glorious diversity, generally favouring balance and subtlety over sheer mass.”  She lives in London with her husband Nick Lander, a food and restaurant writer and has three children and two grandchildren.  Besides that, she says the “other stuff I do includes eating, drinking, talking and listening.”

ABOUT THE MODERATORS:  The Q&A moderators will be long time WWS members, Marisa Taylor, Head Winemaker at Rutherford Hill, and Elizabeth Vianna, General Manager and Head Winemaker for Chimney Rock.  Their years of experience with this unique professional Roundtable group and deep admiration for Ms. Robinson’s work and creative skill will contribute to a lively and inspiring conversation.

RSVP DETAILS:  This free event  is open exclusively to WWS Winemaking & Viticulture Roundtable active members.  Qualified interested women winemakers and viticulturists that have emailed and received RSVP new member confirmations through the Roundtable Chair may join prior to the event and attend.  To RSVP, or for any questions on this event or future WWS Roundtable events, please contact the Chair ([email protected]).

ABOUT THE WINEMAKING & VITICULTURAL ROUNDTABLE:  This WWS Roundtable meets approximately six times a year, taking a harvest break.  During pandemic, the events have moved online and will resume with much celebration at host member wineries in person with a virtual element added as soon as safe large group gatherings are possible.

Ms. Lumgair noted “Our past meeting topics have focused upon the C-suite professional skills and insights women winemakers and viticulture professionals need but aren’t always easy to get in their daily work environment.” 

She further explained that, “Held online in since Spring 2020 and pre-pandemic at some of Napa and Sonoma’s finest host wineries, these programs have been a fantastic opportunity for over 100 member 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 noted speakers have included numerous top wine writers, key publication critics and senior editors, leading academics, global sensory consultants, sommeliers, media trainers, CFO’s and GM’s in panel discussions, international winemaking and viticulture peers, industry career coaches and top level recruiters.”

ABOUT ADDITIONAL 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 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 Roundtables Director, Hillary Silva ([email protected]).  

ABOUT WOMEN FOR WINESENSE:  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 2021 starting virtually, with plans to migrate to a mix of virtual and in person events as pandemic conditions safely allow. 

To join or learn more, please visit www.womenforwinesense.org.

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