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Women in Wine

March is Women's History Month and it offers an opportunity to reflect upon the vast contributions women have made and continue to make across history, industry, and culture. It officially began in 1982 with a presidential proclamation deeming the week of March 7th as Women's History week. This date was chosen in alignment with International Women's day, traditionally observed on March 8th to commemorate when over 1 million men and women rallied in support of Women's rights in 1911. The proclamation was renewed until 1987 when a petition from the National Women's History project designated the whole month as Women's History Month and this petition has been continually endorsed by presidents Clinton, Bush, Obama and Trump.

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The wine industry is one of the many facets of American culture where women have made lasting contributions. Some of the earliest acknowledged female contributions include:

  • Barbe-Nicole Clicquot- transformed the renown Veuve Clicquot into one of the greatest champagne houses in the early 19th century when the business fell to her after her husbands death.

  • Hannah Weinberger- first female winemaker in Napa Valley in the 1880's. She too inherited not only her husband's winery upon his untimely death but also his title as director of bank of St. Helena. Not only did she succeed at these positions, but her wines won silver at the World's Fair in Paris.

  • Mary Ann Graf- first modern female wine maker after prohibition who served as head wine maker for Simi Winery from 1973-79.


Today, there are 138 female masters of wine, 28 female master sommeliers , and a plethora more in all areas of the wine industry. This number is sure to grow in the coming years, and is sure to improve not only the industry, but the wonderful product we all enjoy.

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You can enjoy women-made wines from our wine list at your next visit:

Alamos Malbec- Lucia Vaieretti

Beringer- Laurie Hook (Winemaker Emeritus)

Cupcake Moscato d'Asti- Jessica Tomei

Duckhorn Merlot- Renee Ary

Bogle Old Vine Zinfandel- Dana Stemmler

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