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57 minutes | a month ago
Wine Women – Rachel Van Til & Laura Pauli, Pt2
Would men have the same courage women have shown (coming forward and speaking about sexual harassment) if they believed their jobs and careers might be ended by going public? That is one of the lingering questions the hosts and guests discuss in part 2 of our conversation with Rachel Van Til and Laura Pauli. For decades, women have “kept mum” about bad behavior on the part of male colleagues, boss and business owners. In Hollywood, it took the outing of Harvey Weinstein’s behavior to gain momentum for the #MeToo movement. Is the wine industry ready for the same? Will women have to continue for umpteenth more years with hostile work environments, such as those that led to the New York Times’ explosive expose, “The Wine World’s Most Elite Circle Has a Sexual Harassment Problem,” by Julia Moskin, published on October 29th. In her detailed story, not one, not two, but 21 women reported to the Times being sexually harassed, manipulated or assaulted by male master sommeliers. In this show, hear from Laura Pauli, Chef and Sommelier here in San Francisco with Cucina Testa Rosa, and Rachel Van Til, Wine Club Manager and Lead Sommelier at The Clubs at Houston Oaks in Houston, Texas, on their recommendations for a safe and productive work environment and what they’d like to see change in the industry. [EP60] The post Wine Women – Rachel Van Til & Laura Pauli, Pt2 appeared first on Radio Misfits.
50 minutes | a month ago
Wine Women – Rachel van Til & Laura Pauli pt1
“Do they even know their behavior is wholly unacceptable, unprofessional, and often threatening?” This topic became the underlying theme to our lengthy discussion with sommeliers Laura Pauli and Rachel Van Til on this week’s show, a two-parter that will conclude next week. It’s a reference to the hostile work environment (for women) that led to the New York Times’ explosive expose, “The Wine World’s Most Elite Circle Has a Sexual Harassment Problem,” by Julia Moskin, published on October 29th. In her detailed story, not one, not two, but 21 women reported to the Times being sexually harassed, manipulated or assaulted by male master sommeliers. As the hosts read the story several weeks ago, we were struck by its similarity to the equally explosive allegations leveled at Hollywood’s Harvey Weinstein just two years earlier by some of Hollywood’s most high profile actresses. In this episode, we depart from our usually fun and upbeat topics to tackle this serious, ongoing problem. Why do some men in the wine industry demand sexual favors from women in the industry in exchange for advancement in some form? Why have women put up with it for so long? Our guests, each of whom have dealt with inappropriate behavior from male colleagues (as have all the hosts), recount these experiences as well as offer insights on what measures could be taken to reduce the bad behavior and ensure more minorities, women and persons of color, have equal opportunities to their white, male counterparts.’ In this show, hear how Laura Pauli, Chef and Sommelier here in San Francisco with Cucina Testa Rosa, considered a business trip with a male colleague that would have provided valuable networking introductions and connection, only to learn later the colleague’s offer wasn’t on the up ‘n’ up. This was one of several experiences Chef Pauli felt she had been manipulated by male colleagues to do things that were not necessarily “work related.” Rachel Van Til is the Wine Club Manager and Lead Sommelier at The Clubs at Houston Oaks in Houston, Texas. She is one of the 21 women sommeliers whose story was told in the Times’ story as well as in other publications that began following up on the allegations. Tune in to learn about higher education opportunities in the wine industry; the steps being taken by the Court of Master Sommeliers (CMS-A) to prevent future sexual misconduct allegations; and whether or not these women believe it’s even possible for the CMS-A to recover from these abuses. After all, if men and other persons in powerful positions aren’t even aware their behavior is unacceptable within the industry, how will they even know they much change? [EP59] The post Wine Women – Rachel van Til & Laura Pauli pt1 appeared first on Radio Misfits.
54 minutes | 2 months ago
Wine Women – Gianna Kelly, Galerie Wines
Gianna Kelly grew up in Sonoma County, where she was introduced to wine at an early age—sitting on her father’s knee as he made wine list selections for their family restaurant. We had much fun talking with Gianna and learning about her winemaking for Galerie Wines, Portraits of Place, in Napa Valley. She graduated from Santa Clara University with a degree in Chemistry, then initially pursued a career in research that started at the IBM Almaden Research Center. She quickly found that polymers weren’t as alluring as vineyards, and she redirected her chemistry skills to the wine industry as a chemist for Enologix in her hometown of Sonoma. A post as enologist for Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars followed, where she fell in love with Bordeaux varieties and honed her winemaking skills by working with Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc. More recently, Gianna served as assistant winemaker for St. Francis Winery, working with a wide variety of vineyard sources. In 2018, Gianna joined the team at Cardinale as an assistant winemaker, and in 2019 she became head winemaker for Galerie wines, known for distinctive Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc wines from Napa Valley and Knights Valley. “Making Galerie wines gives me the chance to unite my passion for Bordeaux varieties with my curiosity for the way different vineyard sites express their own unique personalities,” says Gianna. “I enjoy the challenge of developing each small vineyard lot in the cellar and then choosing from a satisfying number of options when it comes time to blend. This helps me create balanced wines that showcase the delightful distinctions between two exceptional wine regions.” Gianna is no stranger to balance; in addition to nurturing Galerie wines, she’s also raising three small children at home in Sonoma. She loves cooking and entertaining, and her favorite wines combine high quality with an approachability that’s easy to share with others. During the show we tasted Galerie’s beautiful 2018 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc Naissance. This flagship wine layers the citrus and mineral notes of the Loire Valley with the peach and tropical fruit characteristics of Napa Valley. The hosts and Gianna were thinking of savory apple dishes to pair with this lovely wine during the show. Yum! It was also fascinating to learn about the brand’s label development, which is animated on their website. Each label in the Galerie collection exhibits a different section of a luminous grapevine watercolor by Malia Pettit, highlighting the individuality of each wine as well as their shared parentage. Using her breath to render the vine’s branches, the artist blew the paint to move it across the page. She punctuated the delicate vine shoots with individual droplets of paint that spattered naturally with their own momentum. This elegant incorporation of physical and human intention captures the essence of Galerie—each label a distinctive expression of nature and the artist’s technique. Learn more at https://www.galeriewines.com/ The post Wine Women – Gianna Kelly, Galerie Wines appeared first on Radio Misfits.
49 minutes | 2 months ago
Wine Women – Executive Chef Rachel Haggstrom
How many executive chefs do you know who studied with an emphasis in criminal justice? Nope! It’s not part of any culinary curriculum. But before Executive Chef Rachel Haggstrom became, well, a chef, she considered a career in criminal justice. Lucky for all of us she chose a career working in the hospitality industry! The WWRH crew was thrilled to have the opportunity to talk with the Executive Chef of JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery, in Paso Robles, to hear how Chef Rachel found her career path and found the perfect environment to spread her culinary wings at JUSTIN. Located in Paso Robles, California, JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery was founded in 1981 and is known for crafting world-class wines using Bordeaux grape varieties, including the iconic ISOSCELES blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot. The vineyard estate, located at 11680 Chimney Rock Road, features a Tasting Room, luxury five-star accommodations at the JUST Inn, and a restaurant—making it one of the only wineries on the Central Coast to offer all three options. In September 2018, a new second location, the JUSTIN Downtown Tasting Room, opened, introducing an expansive wine-tasting bar, lounge, and a full dining room that’s situated prominently on the square along Downtown City Park in the heart of Paso Robles. In addition to its stellar hospitality, JUSTIN consistently receives top honors around the world, establishing itself as a leader in new-world Bordeaux-style winemaking. JUSTIN wines are available through fine-wine retailers and restaurants throughout the United States, or directly from the winery via JUSTIN’s Tasting Rooms, online store, or to members of the exclusive JUSTIN Wine Society wine club. To discover more about JUSTIN, visit https://www.justinwine.com/ Tune in to learn more about Chef Rachel’s fascinating career path, which took her from a focus on criminal justice to earning her Master of Science, focused in Management of Hospitality and Tourism from the University of Gothenburg. We had a lot of fun learning from the “other side of the aisle” what it’s like to develop the ideal pairing with new wines. Learn more at: Instagram (@JUSTINwine) and Facebook (@JUSTINwinery). The post Wine Women – Executive Chef Rachel Haggstrom appeared first on Radio Misfits.
62 minutes | 3 months ago
Wine Women – Sierra Zeiter, Oak Farm Vineyards
Sierra Zeiter immediately impressed us with her passion and strong instincts. We were a little surprised to hear that she told her parents she wanted to be a winemaker long before she was of drinking age! (She does not come from a wine business family!) But she knew it was the career path that she wanted to pursue. As the conversation evolved, we learned Sierra’s always had strong intuition and direction which have served her exceptionally well. Tune in to learn about Sierra’s award-winning wines and background. She was born and raised in Stockton, California. She graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, majoring in Wine and Viticulture with a concentration in Enology. Of course, she made the usual winemaker stops along her career path to intern and work as an assistant winemaker. Best of all, she had the smarts to jump on board with Oak Farm Vineyards in Lodi, California, and learn from a generous mentor who eventually turned over all winemaking duties to her – all while in her early 20’s! Oak Farm Vineyards is a family owned and operated estate winery that was originally home to William DeVries and his wife Cornelia Crowe, which William purchased in 1860. At the time, the Lodi area was called “Elkhorn Township.” DeVries was a wheat farmer, raised cattle, and even became a Justice of the Peace. The beautiful colonial style home (shown on the website) was built by William in 1876. The property has been largely renovated with great attention to its heritage. The ranch was known throughout the San Joaquin Valley as one of the most magnificent and beautiful pieces of property within the state. DeVries was an enthusiastic lover of trees, particularly of oaks, and on the home ranch, he never allowed a tree to be cut unless it was a menace. Today, many of the property’s enormous oaks still stand, along with the DeVries family burial plot. Fast forward a few decades: The Panella family arrived in the region in 1936 and began an agricultural journey that ultimately culminated with the purchase of Oak Farm in 2004. As a third generation California Farmer, Dan Panella reveled in undertaking the task of replanting the property’s 60 acres of vineyards in 2012 to fulfill the vast potential of Lodi. Dan leads a talented team of agricultural specialists to build a diverse portfolio of wines made from estate fruit and selectively sourced grapes. As we heard this historic story, Sierra tasted us through her Oak Farm Vineyards 2019 Rosé, Silvaspoons Vineyards, a project she shepherded through from inception to winning Best in Class at the 2020 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Not a bad start (wink, wink) for her first solo line extension project! The Oak Farm Vineyards 2018 Zinfandel, Mohr-Fry Ranches – Block 417 Vineyard, made from vines planted back in 1945, was another stunner in Sierra’s portfolio. With only 467 cases made, it’s sure to go fast! Listen in to learn about Sierra’s journey and her success as Winemaker at Oak Farm Vineyards in Lodi. The post Wine Women – Sierra Zeiter, Oak Farm Vineyards appeared first on Radio Misfits.
56 minutes | 3 months ago
Wine Women – Joanie Hahn, Boisset Collection
Joanie Hahn, Senior Executive Director and Founding Ambassador of the Boisset Collection, has long been on our radar to guest on the show. So it was thrilling to have her, and General Manager of the Direct Selling Division of Boisset, Melissa Lynch, on the show. For decades and decades, the wine industry’s sales have been structured through the three-tier system: producers (such as Boisset) sell to wholesalers, who in turn, sell to retailers. Finally, the retailers, wine shops and grocery stores, sell to wine consumers. What a convoluted path to get products into the hands of consumers! It’s an elaborate, and (some think), archaic sales system that keeps the producer at more than arm’s length from the end consumer. With the Granholm v. Heald verdict in 2005 from the Supreme Court, deciding in favor of wineries having the right to sell directly to consumers, wineries began to pursue direct sales to their biggest fans. Boisset Collection was no different. But they took advantage of the ability to connect with consumers a step (or two or three) beyond that of most wineries. As we hunkered down with Joanie and direct sales GM Melissa Lynch to discuss the Ambassador program, we learned a lot about what makes their program unique and attractive to consumers who wish to jump into the business of wine. Joanie was unabashed in proclaiming that her allegiance to helping people connect and have an enjoyable time. The Boisset Ambassador program seemed a natural fit to her skills and passion. After a decade or so in the program, she remains dedicated to building more and more relationships between wine fans and their favorite varieties and blends. In essence, the Boisset Ambassador program allows anyone to enter the wine business without investing their life savings and having to obtain an intimidating array of licenses and permits. All of the latter red tape is managed by the Boisset organization to ensure all participants meet legal requirements. Joanie is convinced (and none of us would disagree) that wine brings people together. It helps build relationships, make friends, and conveniently for all – builds many happy memories around a glass of wine. Tune in to learn how Melissa (as GM of the program) and Joanie (as a founding Ambassador) developed this program nearly a decade ago for enthusiasts and passionate wine lovers to jump into the wine biz. We learned all about the many levels at which aspiring wine professionals could jump into the business, with well over 100 wines to offer their friends and colleagues, to enjoy the wine country lifestyle in their own homes. Regardless of whether or not you’re interested in just testing the waters (or wine) or jumping in to become a sommelier, Boisset may have a program for you. But most importantly, Melissa and Joanie would just love to connect with you to hear about what you love about wine! We can’t argue with that! We’d love to raise a glass with them anytime. Contact Joanie at: email@example.com (408) 406-6791 my.boissetcollection.com/joanie Twitter / Pinterest / Instagram / LinkedIn / Facebook The post Wine Women – Joanie Hahn, Boisset Collection appeared first on Radio Misfits.
53 minutes | 3 months ago
Wine Women – Sylvie Tannhauser, CS CHT WSET III
Sylvie Tannhauser’s enthusiasm for champagne is infectious (a very good thing)! With a Champagne Master Designation from the French Wine Society (among many wine certifications), Sylvie introduced us to her first “adult” champagne she ever tasted, the Pommery Royal Brut NV. We thought it most fitting that she chose to feature a champagne house headed by a woman in the 1800s (Louise Pommery), a rarity in that era. And also that it was Madame Pommery who created the first brut champagne to meet with commercial success in 1874, thereby breaking with the tradition of very sweet wine. Women have always been great innovators! While we were enjoying the delightfully creamy Pommery, Sylvie regaled us with tales of her travels from the Caribbean to Paris and beyond, finally landing in Napa Valley. She is a bilingual wine and hospitality professional hailing from the French Caribbean with more than ten years’ experience creating memorable wine experiences around the world. She began her career at the French Tourist Office which led her to an adventurous career path organizing high-end wine tastings, designing wine tours and providing sommelier services to wine enthusiasts and collectors in Europe, the Caribbean and the United States. Sylvie held several positions in the luxury, hospitality and wine industries before relocating to Napa Valley, CA where she had the opportunity to work for prestigious wineries such as Dalla Valle Vineyards, Charles Krug Winery, Vintners Collective, John Anthony, Peju Province Winery and Domaine Carneros. She currently works at Cakebread Cellars as their Assistant Guest Experience Manager. She was awarded the prestigious title of “Wine & Culinary Travel Insider” by American Express Travel for her expertise in luxury wine and culinary travel, holds several wine and business credentials, and is currently pursuing her Certified Wine Educator (CWE) designation through the Society of Wine Educators. Sylvie graduated from l’École Supérieure de Commerce (ESICAD) in France with a degree in Global Communication Strategy and is on the Board of Directors of the Wine Women organization, serving as Membership Director. In her free time, Sylvie enjoys working on her champagne guide, hosting wine tastings, playing the violin, cooking, and taking short spontaneous trips. Tune in to learn more about Sylvie’s remarkable career in wine. And learn more at: SylvieTannhauser.com | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn | Wine Women Bio The post Wine Women – Sylvie Tannhauser, CS CHT WSET III appeared first on Radio Misfits.
79 minutes | 3 months ago
Wine Women – Kirk Venge, Venge Vineyards
Kirk Venge has lived in Napa’s wine country his entire life. He’s seen his share of wildfires threaten valley wineries, businesses and homes. But when the Glass Fire broke out the last weekend of September, it was far too close. Tune in to hear Kirk tell of racing from his home to Venge Vineyards with embers flying all around him. He considers himself very lucky to have the fire bypass his winery in Calistoga. Some of his neighbors were not as lucky. He himself spent a fair amount of time putting out spot fires at his winery. We were lucky enough to get an hour with Kirk to talk about his life in wine and taste through a few of his current releases. Born and raised in Rutherford, Napa Valley, surrounded by fabled vineyards and wineries, Kirk Venge was instilled with his father’s vision of excellence. He learned the rhythm of winemaking as a young man, helping in the family vineyard throughout the growing season, experiencing the labor of harvest and the love of crush, and working alongside his father, Nils Venge, in the winery. Some of his earliest memories are of riding on the tractor with his father cultivating the Oakville Estate vineyard and dragging hoses across the cellar floor. Kirk earned his degree in Viticulture and Enology at the prestigious University of California, Davis, graduating in 1998. He worked diligently during summer internships as the experimental winemaker for Mumm, Napa Valley, where he focused on producing still Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. A post-graduation harvest in New Zealand and travels in the great wine regions of Europe would provide him with the skills to lead production on the Venge Family Reserve wines in 2003. When Kirk acquired ownership and the title of Winemaker from his father in 2008, he immediately purchased a 12.5 acre vineyard in the foothills of the Palisades Mountains in Calistoga, determined to found a new estate winery from which to further his own Napa Valley legacy. “My focus has always been the vineyard first. So when the Bone Ash Vineyard site became available in Calistoga, I knew the potential for growing and producing reputable Cabernet Sauvignon was already established in the neighborhood by Bart Araujo, Dr. Kenefick, and Fred Fisher. I believe this site will produce wines that are every bit as compelling as our Oakville Estate designations.” It is his experience that is the driving force behind the quality of Venge’s wines. In addition to his own vineyard and winery, Kirk consults with several Napa Valley wineries, striving to craft the best wines the valley’s vineyards have to offer for his clients. We began with tasting the Eleven Eleven Wines’ 2018 Destin Vineyard Estate Riesling, mouthwatering, vibrant, zesty! Next we jumped into the Venge Vineyards’ 2018 Scout’s Honor Proprietary Blend, Napa Valley, which delivered amazing red and black fruit flavors in its unique blend, headed by Zinfandel, Charbono and Petite Sirah. Named in honor of his beloved Labrador Retriever, we found this wine so rich in its flavor profile it could go with just about anything on a menu. The 2017 Blend 27 from B Cellars we tasted unites Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, and Merlot to create an elegant yet bold Bordeaux-style red blend. This wine is a crowd-pleaser; the perfect choice to seduce any palate. What an elegant wine! Tune in to hear about Kirk Venge’s wines and experiences in our ever-evolving wine industry. For more information, visit: ElevenElevenWines.com VengeVineyards.com BCellars.com The post Wine Women – Kirk Venge, Venge Vineyards appeared first on Radio Misfits.
65 minutes | 4 months ago
Wine Women – Tanya Holland, Tanya’s Table
Tanya Holland is known for her inventive take on modern soul food, as well as comfort classics. She’s the executive chef/owner of Brown Sugar Kitchen in Oakland, California, and is also the author of the Brown Sugar Kitchen Cookbook and New Soul Cooking. She was the host and soul food expert on the television series Melting Pot and competed on the fifteenth season of Top Chef. Holland holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia, and a Grande Diplôme from La Varenne Ecole de Cuisine. We were excited to hear Tanya has a new podcast series out – TANYA’S TABLE – a multi-dimensional, integrated journey for your soul. She believes the nurturing aspect that food provides everyone is a great conduit for talking with people who want to dig into understanding people of all experiences and culture. The podcast focuses on learning and gaining perspective, which feeds our souls in a way that a great meal satiates us. Her first season guests include QuestLove, Alice Waters, Danny Meyer, Aisha Tyler, Gina Torres, Bassem Youssef, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and many more… As a chef, Holland has traveled extensively in pursuit of more experience and knowledge. In France, she trained with Michel Sarran at Le Mas Du Langoustier on the Island of Porquerolles and with Jean-Michel Bouvier at Restaurant L’Essential in Chambery. She spent two summers cooking on Martha’s Vineyard Island at The Oyster Bar and L’Etoile, interrupted by a winter at Hamersley’s Bistro in Boston. She received rave reviews as the Executive Chef of The Delux Café in Boston and The Victory Kitchen in Brooklyn. Intrigued by the burgeoning West Coast food movement, Holland decided to move to warmer weather where she returned to the front of the house and garnered stellar reviews in her starring role as Creative Director at Le Théâtre in Berkeley, California. This lead to the opening of the now famed soul food eatery, Brown Sugar Kitchen in Oakland, California. Holland began her restaurant career in New York City as an assistant manager at Cornelia Street Café, Café Rakel and Nosmo King Restaurants. Later, she expanded her knowledge of the restaurant business by working as a Catering Office Manager, as well as a wine importer’s Tasting Assistant and a server at Mesa Grill. Her passion for cuisine led her to take on more responsibility as a Food Styling Assistant to Roscoe Betsill, of Metropolitan Home, Vegetarian Times and Food & Wine magazines. Deciding to turn her attention to the kitchen full time, Holland returned to Mesa Grill in 1994, where she worked as a line cook under celebrity chef Bobby Flay. She has contributed to The Huffington Post, Food & Wine, Signature Bride, and Wine Enthusiast magazines, and has been featured in articles in O Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Savoy, Travel & Leisure, Sunset, and numerous local publications. In 1998, she taught at the Cambridge Culinary Institute in Massachusetts and continues to share her knowledge at recreational cooking schools across the country such as Cooking by the Book, Ramekins, Draegers, Central Market, Whole Foods, and Andronico’s Market, and at Rancho La Puerta Resort & Spa in Tecate, Mexico. Holland served on The Board of Directors of Meals on Wheels of San Francisco and is currently serving on the Board of Directors of Women’s Initiative. She is a member of the Chef’s Council for The Center for Culinary Development in San Francisco. In 2010, Holland was inducted as a member of the prestigious Les Dames d’Escoffier. Holland continues to the share her love of modern Southern fare by bringing home her passion for soul food and the amazing experiences shared through the act of enjoying a meal with family and friends. It was her focus on Southern fare and Soul Food that we were interested to learn more about, particularly soul food and wine pairings. During the show, Tanya tasted with us three wines from St. Supéry Estate Vineyards & Winery in Napa Valley and two from Mathis Wine in Sonoma Valley. Tune in or download to hear our discussion about pairings with these wines: 2018 St. Supéry Napa Valley Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2019 Mathis Sonoma Valley Rosé de Grenache 2016 Mathis Sonoma Valley Grenache 2017 St. Supéry Napa Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 St. Supéry Napa Valley Estate Moscato Related to our mission, it was interesting to hear about Tanya’s views about diversity, inclusivity and the challenge of finding mentors during different phases of a career. It was valuable to hear how Europeans take more time and focus on developing relationships and getting to know one another – a trait we could all learn from during this pandemic. Learn more at: https://www.facebook.com/brownsugarkitchen/ https://www.instagram.com/tanyastablepodcast/ https://www.instagram.com/brownsugarkitchen/ https://www.instagram.com/mstanyaholland/ The post Wine Women – Tanya Holland, Tanya’s Table appeared first on Radio Misfits.
60 minutes | 4 months ago
Wine Women – Bonny Meyer, Perfect Pairing
Silver Oak Cellars would never have existed without Bonny Meyer. Never would’ve happened! But wait, you’re thinking, “Justin Meyer was the winemaker behind this iconic winery.” Whaddya mean? Technically true, but had Justin not met Bonny at UC Davis in the late 1960s, he would have remained the winemaker at Christian Brothers and would’ve remained a monk. Instead, he left Christian Brothers to become a consulting winemaker and viticulturist. With Bonny, he had the opportunity to co-found Silver Oak. Justin and Bonny were not only a Perfect Pairing romantically, but together they were a perfect pairing to launch Silver Oak with co-founder Ray Duncan. Their first harvest took place the same week they were married! We sat down with Bonny, virtually, to learn about her incredible journey. Perfect Pairing, The Love Affair Behind Silver Oak Cellars, is out in bookstores now. Telling her amazing journey from UC Davis undergrad through her successes at Silver Oak (and Franciscan) with husband Justin Meyer, we learned so much about their ever-present guiding compass: integrity, courage and love. These elements informed every decision made in their personal lives as well as decisions made about vineyard management and winemaking. Justin Meyer pioneered so many now-common winemaking practices, from single-varietal production to delaying release to improve flavor through aging. As a result, Silver Oak rapidly became beloved by fans and critics, winning numerous awards and stellar ratings. During the show, Bonny told numerous stories about Silver Oak’s development, from its 1972 founding until she and Justin sold their ownership stake back to the Duncans. We learned what it’s like to run a winery while simultaneously raising a family (with a child in her lap and conducting winery business in the other hand). Bonny Meyer epitomizes the ultimate juggler! Ultimately, we learned a lot about love, loss and grief, a subject often hushed up as so many feel uncomfortable talking about it. Bonny fearlessly describes her feelings at Justin’s sudden death as well as her grief at his loss in her book. Tune in to hear how she encourages all of us not to quash these feelings – any feelings – and listen to our inner guides. Learn more at: https://www.bonnymeyer.com/ https://www.facebook.com/BonnyMeyerPerfectlyPaired/ The post Wine Women – Bonny Meyer, Perfect Pairing appeared first on Radio Misfits.
54 minutes | 5 months ago
Wine Women – Be Bubbly Napa Valley
Erin Riley may be Chief Bubblehead now, but before Be Bubbly was born, she had another “child” to attend to. Erin cites her daughter’s imminent departure for college as the impetus for creation of Be Bubbly, Napa’s newest and only sparkling wine bar and shop. As her daughter contemplated the big move to university, Erin wondered, “What next?” The answer came surprisingly quickly: She loved Champagne and sparkling wines. As the former buyer for Napa Valley Wine Train, Erin was well familiar with what wines were available (or not) in America’s best-known wine town. With her wine industry friends lamenting the dearth of bubbly wine in Napa, Erin knew she’d found her next adventure: bringing bubbles to Napa Valley. With partner Alison Barstad joining Erin for the podcast, we sat down virtually (with Erin and Alison in the Be Bubbly Wine Bar, and everyone on Zoom) to learn about their just-launched tasting room, wine club and offerings. First, Alison and Erin tasted us through their Michel Gonet Brut Reserve Champagne NV, part of their always-evolving Champagne & Sparkling Wine menu. Fresh, with notes of almond, this was a great Champagne to kick off our wee celebration. (Given the strenuous nature of 2020 – hello, COVID-19 – we all agreed a bit of bubbly improved the day enormously.) Next, Erin shared what may have been their final bottle (at least in that shipment) of Caraccioli Cellars’ 2014 Brut Rosé. This complex, méthode champenoise, sparkling wine hails from (wait for it) Santa Lucia Highlands! Made by Michel Salgues, formerly head winemaker with Roederer Estate, this wine kept revealing itself long after we completed recording. As we enjoyed their wines, we learned a lot about opening a wine bar in the midst of a pandemic. Perpetually looking on the bright side, Erin told us the initial closing of restaurants and bars gave them the opportunity to tweak their business model. Alison seconded her partner’s assertion. She has a long history of launching and running hospitality venues with extensive wine, beer and cocktail lists. (They even offer a variety of sparkling wine cocktail recipes on their website.) And Alison made it clear that the additional time provided by the pandemic to tweak everything was sorely appreciated. They revealed that many distributors were so excited by a Champagne/Sparkling Wine-centered establishment opening in Napa, they had much to offer them for their menu that many restaurants and wine bars wouldn’t consider without the bubbles focus. Can there be too much of a good thing? Evidently not when it comes to bubbly wine. Tune in to learn about this just-opened wine bar and its extensive offerings (including beer and still wine), pairings, events and their Bubblehead Wine Club. (And be sure to stop in for a socially-distanced glass after work!) Learn more at https://bebubblynapa.com/ The post Wine Women – Be Bubbly Napa Valley appeared first on Radio Misfits.
66 minutes | 5 months ago
Wine Women – Laura Schermeister, Schermeister Winery
Laura Schermeister is the consummate storyteller, a good skill to have when you have so many stories of great drama: Girl picks up stakes to move cross-country to wine country. Boy pursues live-long dream to open his own winery. Girl and Boy meet. Boom! Love at first (or second) sight. There’s much more to this story, filled with drama (California wildfires!) and quickly adapting to rapidly evolving circumstances (again, wildfires!). You’ll need to listen to Laura tell the story on our show this week to hear all about it. Not only did we get to hear her own journey and that of her husband, Robert, who’d made cult wines for Mark Aubert and Jayson Pahlmeyer, but we also got to taste a few of these premium, small-batch wines. In 2012, Robert Schermeister took the plunge and made 125 cases of Napa Valley Pinot Noir under his own label, Schermeister Winery, using the native fermentation techniques he mastered under his mentors. He acquired licenses, bonds, and a website domain. This was the beginning of fulfilling a dream bigger than he ever imagined. Fast forward as the two meet to discuss Laura building his website…and the meeting lasted six hours. The rest, as they say, is history. Now with a beautiful tasting room and patio overlooking a creek, a loyal club – the Magnus Vinum Society, and a portfolio of stunning, small-batch wines, the Schermeisters are making waves in the wine world. During the show, Laura took us through tasting three of their wines: the 2017 Chardonnay from Antica Vineyard on Atlas Peak in Napa Valley, the 2018 Viognier from the Salomon Vineyard in Sonoma Valley, and the 2017 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir from the Terra de Promissio Vineyard. All use wild fermentation to express the true nature of the vineyard and its unique terroir. Listen in or download the podcast and learn more at: https://schermeister.com/ The post Wine Women – Laura Schermeister, Schermeister Winery appeared first on Radio Misfits.
63 minutes | 5 months ago
Wine Women – Summer Sippers with Mia Morelli and Lynda Paulson
With temperatures spiking, many imbibers (including all of us!) are simply looking for a refreshing, cooling glass of wine. Mia Morelli and Lynda Paulson joined the hosts to discuss their favorite summer wine sippers and careers in the wine industry. Hosts Marcia Macomber, Misty Rodebush Cain and Lisa Adams Walter chose some of their favorites to enjoy the summer weather. Misty’s summer go-to sipper is St. Supery’s Dollarhide Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, a bright, crisp and thoroughly refreshing wine to improve long, summer days and night. Marcia enjoys the Seghesio Vermentino, from the Russian River Valley, a wine she’s drawn to due to its tropical fruit aromas and flavors. Lisa reached out further afield to the dry, but refreshing Sorelle Bronca Prosecco, from Italy. Listen in to hear more about their comments on the wines. As to our guests, Mia and Lynda, they both hail from years in the wine industry. Mia Morelli is a Freelance Marketer. She previously served as Senior Director of Marketing at Foley Family Wines, Brand Manager at Jackson Family Wines and recently returned to wine country from the East Coast after finishing up her Master’s Degree in Business. It was great fun to hear Mia’s insights surrounding the shifts in wine marketing and the effect of COVID-19 on the industry and consumer habits. Mia’s traveled the world, working in the wine and marketing business in New Zealand and other international locales. Lynda Paulson has been training and coaching tasting room staff, CEOs and public speakers in the art of communication and sales for more than 30 years. Currently focused on helping professionals give better presentations in the virtual arena, Lynda shared a number of tips to make the difference between engaging your audience and losing them to distractions. For those looking to make online meetings more successful, you may find useful tips from the lively discussion. Having just virtually attended the recent Wine Packaging Conference, Misty led a discussion on the innovative designs entered in the competition. Open to traditional 750ml bottle molds as well as new packaging and cans, the various categories were judged on their visual appeal, design functionality, appropriateness for the price segment and creative utilization. View the entries and winners. Listen or download to hear more. And to learn more or inquire about the guests or hosts: Mia Morelli – 707-292-5136 Lynda Paulson – Lynda@SuccessStrategiesInc.com or 775-530-6119 Lisa Adams Walter – Lisa@AdamsWalter.com or 707-696-5006 Misty Rodebush Cain – Misty@StSupery.com Marcia Macomber – Marcia@CornucopiaCreations.com The post Wine Women – Summer Sippers with Mia Morelli and Lynda Paulson appeared first on Radio Misfits.
62 minutes | 6 months ago
Wine Women – Victoria Coleman, Lobo Wines
We’d been trying to find a date to meet (virtually) with Victoria Coleman for several weeks. (It’s always a good sign when a winemaker is wildly busy with the year-round tasks to ensure the wines are as darn near perfect as they can be.) At last a window opened on the schedule, and we had the most delightful conversation about the wines; Victoria’s adventures in China (in winemaking); and the evolution of Lobo Wines in her thirteen years with them. Victoria Coleman is a graduate of the UC Davis enology program and began her winemaking journey at Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars as production assistant. She returned to the Napa Valley after a stint at Jade Valley Winery near Xian, China, and consultedg with new wineries there as well. Victoria also was exposed to classic, Old World winemaking in 2008 when she worked alongside Erick Tourbier at Chateau Mouton Rothschild in Bordeaux, France. Her stories of jumping into the wine industry feet first and finding a career path to consulting as a winemaker are fascinating! Having been at Lobo for more than a decade now gives her a unique perspective on how their estate vines and viticulture practices have evolved. With a portfolio encompassing both the Napa Valley and Atlas Peak Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Proprietary Blend of Cabernet and Syrah, “Howl,” Victoria’s ability to predict the directions her wines for Lobo will take, from crush pad through fermentation and aging, translates into highly-rated estate wines. Lobo’s bottlings are all small lot, made from single vineyard fruit that is 100% estate grown and sustainably farmed. The owners began with a piece of land in the Napa Valley, where they planted their first Chardonnay vineyard in the Oak Knoll district, north of Napa. Taking the next step a few years later, they acquired a much larger vineyard about a mile from the first one. After substantial improvements to drainage and vine care, they were rewarded with excellent Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Pinot Noir. In 2007, the owners found their dream property on Atlas Peak, 42 acres on the eastern ridge of the Napa Valley. In addition to indescribable views, the 1350 foot elevation along with rocky, volcanic soil and southwestern sun exposure, make ideal conditions for superlative Cabernet Sauvignon. And the hypnotic eyes on the labels? Listen in to hear all about the evolution of the “Lobo” (“wolf”) labels, named for owners, whose last name is Wulff. For more on Lobo Wines, visit: https://www.lobowines.com/ The post Wine Women – Victoria Coleman, Lobo Wines appeared first on Radio Misfits.
56 minutes | 6 months ago
Wine Women – The Amazing Women Behind the Petaluma Gap AVA
Who knew it was primarily a team of women that were the driving force behind creation of Sonoma County’s newest American Viticultural Area (AVA) sub-appellation?! Could this be another first in the wine industry for women? We searched them out to learn why they felt the Petaluma Gap, a vast plain area coming off the Pacific Ocean, perpendicularly to the coastal range, deserved its own AVA designation. [EP45] Eager to tell the story of this unique geographic area and the wine it produces, we enlisted the women behind the Petaluma Gap AVA’s inception, application and formation, as well as those who’ve worked the land and made the wine from grapes grown in this windy area. Meet our guests, members of the Petaluma Gap Winegrowers Alliance: Bruliam Wines’ Kerith Overstreet, Keller Estate’s Ana Keller, Trombetta Family Wines’ Rickey Trombetta and Dr. Liz Thach, MW, Distinguished Professor of Wine & Management at Sonoma State, joined us to discuss the terroir, climate, wind and wine of the Petaluma Gap. First, Ana Keller took us through a typical summer day in the Gap: Mornings are cool, crisp and accompanied by a layer of fog. The sun’s heat disperses and chases away the fog blanket. The grapes and vines soak up the warm air and bright sun’s rays. By mid-afternoon, this weather pattern reverses: the temps cool and the fog seeps back through the gap across the Petaluma Plain down toward Richardson Bay and the Carneros. In fact the temperature change and shift is so speedy that the wind regularly rushes at top speed through the Gap in mid-afternoon. The wind influence reduces crop yields, keeps sugar levels lower and slows the speed of ripening. All of these conditions contribute to ideal levels of acidity, intense flavors, and unique, highly desirable properties in their wines. Next, we dug in (or rather sipped in) on “verifying” their touted, exemplary results and weren’t disappointed. Rickey Trombetta’s Gap’s Crown Vineyard Chardonnay was crisp, refreshing and carried notes of green apple. Kerith Overstreet’s Bruliam Sangiacomo Roberts Road Pinot Noir showed smooth integration of cherry, cranberry and hints of black fruit in this delicate red wine. Megan Cline (who couldn’t join us at the last moment) shared the Cline Cellars’ Estate Pinot Noir, demonstrating how the terroir closer to the Carneros District reveals nuances in the flavor profile distinctly different from vineyards further north and west from Cline’s. While the bulk of the Gap’s vineyards produce Pinot Noir, a grape that growers originally thought unsuitable for the land a century ago, we finished off our virtual Gap tasting with Keller Estate’s Rotie, a Syrah-based proprietary blend, developed in homage to the wines of the Rhone in France. Ana Keller’s story about how her family planted Syrah and found it did surprisingly well in the specific vineyard sites of the estate is worth listening to… All in all since the AVA was formally recognized, and producers began adding “Petaluma Gap” proudly to their labels in early 2018, they’ve garnered 93 wines with 90+ ratings. This, after ushering the region from informal “hidden gem” status to a highly respected, formal viticultural area, with distinctive and desirable properties. In fact, it is the only AVA with boundaries defined by the wind! Tune in to learn the details. For more on the Petaluma Gap, the wines and guests, visit: Petaluma Gap Winegrowers Alliance Petaluma Gap AVA Facts Bruliam Wines Cline Family Cellars Keller Estate Trombetta Family Wines The post Wine Women – The Amazing Women Behind the Petaluma Gap AVA appeared first on Radio Misfits.
66 minutes | 6 months ago
Wine Women – The Women Behind Lorenza True Rosé
This dynamic mother-daughter duo was exciting to talk with on this week’s show. First, they have a very unique winery model: Lorenza Wine focuses solely upon producing amazing rosé. No whites. No reds. Just rosé. Second, they recently branched out into canned Spritz Rosé, which we got to taste. Packaged in an elegant 4-pack with a shimmering finish, their wine is likely the most elegant thing we’ve ever drank from a can! But we’re getting ahead of the story…. We wanted to hear all about their decision to go into business together. Melinda (Mindy) Kearney is a long-time veteran of the wine industry. And her daughter, Michele Lorenza Ouillet, is an international fashion model, with lengthy experience on the catwalks of Europe’s fashion houses. Lorenza Rosé was founded in 2008. Sharing a love of the beautiful Provençal Rosé, they set out to create in California a wine of intention that was vineyard driven, delicate, dry, low alcohol and full of light. In 2008 they hit the road, destination Lodi with a phone number of someone they hadn’t yet met. Old vines they believed would lend the wine complexity and authenticity and would feed their desire to create a wine of substance–something real. Strangers became friends and doors generously opened to the outstanding vineyards that have been the source of Lorenza True Rosé. Tune as the co-hosts hear about the sandy soil of the California Delta, home to the old vineyards that provide the grapes from which Lorenza is made. The Bechthold Vineyard Cinsault was planted in 1847. Spenker Ranch, the original source of Carignan in their blend, was planted in 1906. Head trained, own rooted vines, weathered and with stories to tell, these vines are central to the blend which was inspired by the Bandol icon, Domaine Tempier. Hand picked, direct to press with fermentation in separate stainless steel tanks allows the individual lots to develop and express their beauty fully before the final blending. Their first vintages caught the attention of sommeliers who were looking for an American-made, Provence-style Rosé. The wine continues to deliver a consistent flavor profile with a sun-kissed mineral driven palate, 11% alcohol and pale hue. Listen in as this energetic team discusses their excitement over launching their new wine club and first canned wine (which was delicious)! We found their ebullience so refreshing (just like their wine!) and infectious. You’ll be smiling and cheering on their latest endeavors. Learn more at: Lorenza Wine | Instagram @LorenzaRose The post Wine Women – The Women Behind Lorenza True Rosé appeared first on Radio Misfits.
54 minutes | 6 months ago
Wine Women – Alicia Maria Kidd, The Wine Noire
It’s been a year or more since we caught up with Alicia Maria Kidd, founder and CEO of The Wine Noire LLC, an import, export and wholesale distribution company based in Berkeley, CA. Launched in 2017, The Wine Noire specializes in helping winemakers who are women and people of color get their wines into the marketplace, as well as directly into the hands of consumers. Alicia caught us up on her diverse activities, and we were delighted to hear how much her business has grown since we last talked on the show. It was also valuable to hear how the current focus on #BlackLivesMatter and her work with the Association of African American Vintners has helped raise awareness of black vintners and winemakers have contributed to the wine industry. Born and raised in Oakland, Alicia earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s in public administration from California State University, East Bay. Her journey into the wine industry began with trips to Napa with friends, followed by an opportunity in 2016 to become a Boisset Ambassador for the St. Helena-based luxury wine company, Boisset Collection. She founded The Wine Noire a year later after taking notice that there was a lack of diversity and inclusion in the wine industry, with very little to no representation of women and people of color producers. Alicia’s mission is to remove barriers and open doors for these producers to be seen and enjoyed by local and global marketplaces so that they can focus on making incredible wines. Her current portfolio includes wines from California and South Africa. In addition, to working with producers, Alicia works with tech companies and corporate event planners of high-end events to curate wine experiences as well consults with restaurants looking to start or expand their wine lists. Through The Wine Noire, she also offers trainings to help hospitality teams become familiar with how to serve as well as sell wines offered in their establishments. We were excited to hear about the “Diversity Wine Route” 8th Annual Wine Festival, featuring brands by people of color, an upcoming online wine festival, Sunday, July 26th from 1pm -3pm PST, which The Wine Noire will be participating in. Featuring 12 wine brands, each winemaker will showcase one varietal and host a 5 minute virtual tasting with the attendees. They’ll kick off the festival with a 10 minute wine lesson from Tuanni Price then have twelve 5 minute wine tasting with each wine brand. The last hour attendees can join their favorite winemakers in his/her private breakout rooms for more in depth chats about their products and services. Attendees can also purchase a case of the wines feature at the festival to enjoy in the comfort of their home while participating with the featured vintners and distributors online. Tune in to hear about The Wine Noire’s line of California and South African wines, her planned wine club and more. Connect with Alicia on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube The post Wine Women – Alicia Maria Kidd, The Wine Noire appeared first on Radio Misfits.
64 minutes | 7 months ago
Wine Women – Laura Barrett, Clif Family Winery
Laura Barrett had a vision of herself stuck in a window-less basement laboratory for many years to come when she was studying chemistry in college. That unappealing forecast drove her to seek out other alternatives to a life in science, in a basement. When someone mentioned enology, she dove into research and was delighted to find the science of fermentation, coupled with spending time outdoors in the vineyard, made for a perfect combination. Her new career path would ensure she wouldn’t be stuck in any windowless labs! Laura Barrett brings her passion for wine, a life-long love of science and attention to detail to winemaking at Clif Family. Inspired by her first harvest in New Zealand, Laura received a Master’s Degree in Viticulture and Enology from the University of California, Davis and trained under some of Napa Valley’s most celebrated winemakers. With a vineyard-driven approach and a focus on organic farming, Laura is enthusiastic about working to create balanced and elegant wines. Clif Family has 10 acres of certified organic Estate Vineyards on Howell Mountain, Napa Valley’s famed Cabernet Sauvignon growing region. In 2019, they planted a 40-acre organic vineyard with 8 varietals in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley, just north of the town of Napa on Highway 29. Their estate vineyards are farmed by Erik Dodd of Wight Vineyard Management. Clif Family also works with grower partners in the Napa Valley and Mendocino County to complete their wine portfolio. In fact, we got to taste through wines from multiple vineyards and counties from Laura’s Clif Family Winery portfolio, starting with the refreshing 2019 Rose of Grenache, Mendocino, a direct press wine, farmed specifically to make Rose. Next, we sampled the 2017 Grenache, North Coast from Sonoma County that was bursting with red fruit aromas and flavors from dark cherry to plum and raspberry – a perfect summer red, for its refreshing but rich red fruit profit. Last up was 2017 Kit’s Killer Cab from their Howell Mountain estate vineyard. The Clif Family Winery story began on a bike, where long days of cycling adventures would lead to leisurely evenings of good wine, food and hospitality. When Gary Erickson and Kit Crawford first started Clif Bar & Company, the focus was on making great tasting energy bars for any adventure. Clif Family was built on that same passion for creating delicious, small batch foods while caring for people, planet and communities. It was exciting to hear the evolution of the winery, particularly the acquisition and planting of their own organic vineyards this past year. Adding to their estate vineyard production will provide yet more choices for Laura in her winemaking while building a legacy for the estate. Visit their Napa Valley Tasting Room, enjoy lunch from their Bruschetteria Food Truck, join them on a cycling adventure or enjoy their wine and artisan food products from afar. Learn more at: https://www.cliffamily.com/ The post Wine Women – Laura Barrett, Clif Family Winery appeared first on Radio Misfits.
59 minutes | 7 months ago
Wine Women – Margaret Valenzuela, Rubia Wine Cellars
Margaret Valenzuela spent part of her formative years growing up in Mexico, where she was affectionately referred to, from time to time, as “Rubia.” She is, indeed, blonde — someone who stands out in a crowd in Mexico. She is also co-proprietor and vintner of Rubia Wine Cellars in Napa Valley. The winery name? Her husband’s idea – not hers. A term of endearment. But in speaking with Margaret during this show, it was clear she relishes her figurative (see the label design with her likeness) and demonstrative role in overseeing all aspects of Rubia Wine Cellars. Tune in to learn how they have joined unique terroir, choice grapes and global winemaking style to create distinctive wines. Rubia leaves a mark in your memory and heart. We started with a short discussion on the state of the wine industry and wineries’ re-opening efforts in Napa Valley and Sonoma. Co-host Misty Roudebush Cain shared some fascinating data analysis she’d gleaned from her research as St. Supéry’s Marketing Director: There’s been a 60% increase in searches for “easy___” in 2020 over 2019, and a 65% increase in watch time for videos with “step by step” or “for beginners” in how-to videos. How does that data knowledge inform marketers and winery owners on strategy? Easy! (Pun intended!) Make wine knowledge and food and wine pairing knowledge much easier to understand and learn. But we digress… With Margaret, Misty, Lisa Adams Walter and Marcia Macomber all in different places, we had the lovely opportunity to share a tasting of several of Rubia’s lovely wines together. Listen in as the ladies taste and discuss Rubia winemaker Julien Fayard’s 2019 Rubia Truchard Chardonnay (unoaked), 2017 Russian River Chardonnay (oaked), and 2017 Napa Valley Red Blend. We learned how Joe and Margaret dove into learning the wine business. (Joe even did a stint as a harvest intern!) Margaret has delved into all aspects of marketing, hospitality and winemaking (including studies at U.C. Davis’ famed winemaking program). Rubia offers visitors tasting by appointment at Julien Fayard’s production facility, giving guests a unique opportunity to view the day’s activities, which may include racking or bottling. He may even step into a tasting led by Joe or Margaret! The Rubia declaration on their wine label couldn’t be more prescient: “To stand out and make a mark in the world, embrace your differences and believe in who you are.” Amen! We couldn’t imagine a more fitting motto. Learn more at: https://www.rubiawinecellars.com/ The post Wine Women – Margaret Valenzuela, Rubia Wine Cellars appeared first on Radio Misfits.
52 minutes | 7 months ago
Wine Women – Mallory McEligot, BANG Napa Valley
Mallory McEligot guests on the show this week, fresh back from a brief vacation and, like many, juggling duties of work and parenting simultaneously while Zooming! As co-host Lisa Adams Walter put it: “Mallory McEligot is a real go-getter!” Not only is our guest Director of Membership & Events at Silver Trident Winery, but she’s also a busy influencer on Facebook and Instagram, social media consultant and founder and executive director of BANG Napa Valley. BANG Napa Valley (By Appointment Networking Group) has a mission is to work in partnership with like-minded, highly-selective by-appointment wineries and other comparable businesses (including concierge, chauffeurs, and caterers), allowing them to provide elevated services to their clientele. It was founded in April 2014 by Mallory, with the objective to create a network of individuals who solely work at by-appointment wineries. Over time, membership has expanded to include local drivers, concierge, and caterers who have expressed interest in participating in our specific and targeted networking events. The By-Appointment Networking Group hosts private events at wineries, hotels, and restaurants. They invite a selection of businesses to showcase their offerings to a focused group of industry professionals. This model has proved successful in fostering inter-winery relationships, as well as lasting connections with trade partners. Their vast network works together to generate new business and revenue for all participating members by referring qualified clientele. On the show, Mallory discussed how wineries are shifting their hospitality to virtual wine tastings, whether that be with Facebook or Instagram Lives, private Zoom tastings or other virtual meeting methods. As a result, members of BANG have been learning what is and isn’t working with visitors: On the show we discuss the ideal length of time for an online tasting appointment; when or if to send wine samples to attendees; and the magic of including order forms, winery logo’d pens and corkscrews with virtual tastings. Most importantly, Mallory and her members have learned how invaluable developing deep connections with other wineries’ staff members is to providing top-notch service to winery guests – virtually or in-person. Tune in to learn how this Sonoma State University graduate (with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications Studies, PR, Marketing & Branding) found her career path in hospitality and wine, and her advice for women working in the wine industry. BANG Napa Valley BANG Napa Valley on Instagram The post Wine Women – Mallory McEligot, BANG Napa Valley appeared first on Radio Misfits.
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