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Recorded weekly at The Panel Wine Lounge in Sonoma, California, WINE WOMEN Radio features members of the nonprofit, professional organization that’s focused on providing the tools, guidance and creativity for its members to attain wine industry prominence.

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Recorded weekly at The Panel Wine Lounge in Sonoma, California, WINE WOMEN Radio features members of the nonprofit, professional organization that’s focused on providing the tools, guidance and creativity for its members to attain wine industry prominence.

    Wine Women – Victoria Coleman, Lobo Wines

    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/

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    Wine Women – The Amazing Women Behind the Petaluma Gap AVA

    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

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    • 56 min
    Wine Women – The Women Behind Lorenza True Rosé

    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

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Wine Women – Alicia Maria Kidd, The Wine Noire

    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

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    Wine Women – Laura Barrett, Clif Family Winery

    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/

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Wine Women – Margaret Valenzuela, Rubia Wine Cellars

    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/

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