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Women for Winesense Winemaking & Viticulture Roundtable Will Host 7th Annual Bottle Exchange, Wednesday, December 7, 2022 at Silverado Vineyards


NAPA / SONOMA, CALIFORNIA |December 7, 2022 — On Wednesday, December 7, 2022, from 3:00 – 5:30 p.m. the Napa | Sonoma chapter of Women for WineSense’s (WWS) Winemaking & Viticulture Roundtable will host its members’ 8th Annual Festive Bottle Exchange at Silverado Vineyards, 6121 Silverado Trail, Napa, 94558. The Roundtable will be hosted by their winemaker and WWS member, Alison Rodriguez. 


Early arrivals will meet at 3:00 p.m. to enjoy time for mingling and reconnecting after a busy harvest while sampling a selection of Silverado wines. At 3:30 p.m. Alison Rodriguez will lead a behind-the-scenes production tour for the professional winemakers and viticulture guests that will be focused on the most technical aspects of making Silverado’s portfolio of wines.

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 3:45 pm. to ensure a smooth gift bottle exchange.

Attendees are encouraged to bring both a bottle of their wine to share in the festive bottle exchange and a second bottle as thanks to the Roundtable hosts. Carpools are available.


 Please, no walk-ins. The free roundtable meeting is open to WWS Winemaking & 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 Roundtable events, please contact the Chair, Julie@Lumgair.com.


Nestled in the hills on the North West side of the Stags Leap District, Silverado Vineyards Winery has been a favorite wine country destination and home to some of the Napa Valley’s most-recognized wines for over forty years. In 1981, Ron and Diane Miller and her mother, Lillian Disney, established Silverado Vineyards to make wines from the historic sites of the family estate. Today, Silverado Vineyards continues to produce estate grown, produced and bottled fine wines from over 300 acres of sustainably farmed vineyards throughout Napa Valley. Silverado Vineyards became part of the Foley Family Wines portfolio in July 2022. Please visit their website for a current selection of available wines and additional information: silveradovineyards.com

At Silverado Vineyards, Rodriguez oversees all winemaking activities for the luxury winery and its four estate vineyards in Napa Valley’s top AVAs including the Silverado Vineyard in Stags Leap District, Mt. George Vineyard in Coombsville, Miller Ranch Vineyard in Yountville and Borreo Ranch in Napa. Rodriguez is proud to carry on the legacy of the Disney-Miller Family as only the third winemaker in Silverado’s history. 


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

Roundtable Program Committee chair, winemaker Julie 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 at some of Napa and Sonoma’s finest host wineries and since 2020, expanded to both online and in person formats, our Roundtable programs have been a fantastic opportunity for over 100 member women winemakers  and viticulturists to connect directly for over 18 years 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, iconic winemakers, leading academics, global sensory consultants, sommeliers, media trainers, professional coaching experts, 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 Roundtables Director, Hillary Silva, hillaryfrasersilva@gmail.com.  


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 2022. To join or learn more, please visit www.womenforwinesense.org.



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