With our big event, Women in Wine, coming up in September, I thought it apropos to highlight some recent stories in the news about women in the industry.
First up is the good news: There are More Women at Acclaimed Wineries! Kate Lavin, of Wines & Vines, reports on the latest findings by Dr. Lucia Gilbert regarding how women are doing in the wine industry. In fact, in “Gilbert’s new paper, ‘Evidence of Women Winemakers’ Success in a Male Dominated Field,’ which she co-authored with John Carl Gilbert, also revealed a promising development for women currently striving for winemaking positions as well as those considering winemaking careers: Wines made by women who serve as lead winemakers are more likely to be highly acclaimed.’
Currently at the top of the wine industry glass (stemware) ceiling is the recent news of Claudia Schubert named Diageo wine president. Headquartered in Napa, Ms. Schubert will lead Diageo’s wine business, effective September 1st.
Complimenting Dr. Gilbert’s findings, you may enjoy this infographic showing Women in Small Business. Key reporting: “From 1997 to 2007 women-owned firms grew 44 percent, twice as fast as men-owned firms.” And from Mashable comes this report on 44 Female Founders Every Entrepreneur Should Know. Though not necessarily in the wine business, these women who are highlighted could all likely use a glass of wine with their busy work schedules!
Good signs that women are making inroads in the wine business across the globe, W. Blake Gray posted a story on Young female enologists prepare to take over Santorini, Greece. (As a side note, I just enjoyed some very fine wines from Santorini at a recent tasting at the Valley Wine Shack in Sonoma where we’ll have our next event on August 23rd.)
If you’re compelled to search out the best in wine crafted by women winemakers, then you should get in on the International Women’s Wine Competition. In this video, Monique Soltani interviews women winemakers and participants.
In this fascinating video interview on NatalieMacLean.com, Natalie speaks with Arlene Dickenson, an acclaimed businesswoman in Canada on the nuances of Persuasion for women in business. And if you’re in need of a good chuckle to lighten your day, check out Natalie’s Drinking and Wine Quotes Part 4: A Literary Laugh.
If you’re not yet familiar with Madeline Puckette’s Wine Folly blog and instructional site, you may want to subscribe to her fun and visually-oriented blog posts. This month she highlights Famous Winemakers in California, three of whom are women winemakers (and it’s a short list).
Finally, if all the wines highlight have whet your palate but you have allergic reactions to some wines, check out Mythbuster: Do Sulfites in Wine Cause Headaches? Many presume wine headaches are always caused by sulfites (but we know that isn’t necessarily true!)