Toasting Women In Wine

Today we celebrate International Women’s Day, in the midst of International Women’s Month. Yes, we women have been given not only a day but a whole month to be recognized for everything that we do. However, as grateful as I am to have this whole day, and month, wouldn’t it make more sense to have a whole year? We, women, do exist, maneuvering, managing, and multi-tasking every single day, every month, every year.

But, I won’t be greedy. I will gladly take this day and this month, and raise a glass to the impressive women who thrive in this former “man’s world” industry, showcasing their passion and talents in the wine world.

For the past 26 generations, Italy’s Antinori family has been dedicated to the wine business, today led by Albiera Antinori, president of Marchesi Antinori, with her two sisters, Allegra and Alessia, working close by in the highly acclaimed business. From the Bolgheri region within Antinori Tuscany Tenuta Guado al Tasso Il Bruciato ($25) blends Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah to create a powerful wine filled with density and structure. Black cherry, licorice, and leather meld with toasted cedar and vanilla notes with an earthiness that makes it ideal for pairing with roasted pork belly, braised beef, or stews.

Founded in 2005 by legendary California Pinot Noir producer, Richard Sanford and his wife, Thekla, Alma Rosa Winery is dedicated to crafting premium cool-climate Pinot Noir with a focus on organic farming and sustainable business practices, traits that current owners Bob and Barb Zorich, General Manager, Debra Eagle, and Winemaker, Samra Morris, follow whole-heartedly today throughout the winery and estate vineyards. A native of Bosnia, and the first Bosnian American winemaker in California, Samra has just released her first vine-to-bottle wines from their Sta. Rita Hills vineyards. Alma Rosa Rancho Radian Pinot Noir ($68) showcases the maritime influence of the Pacific on the vineyards, revealing bright acidity and freshness throughout the earthy, rugged, and wonderfully appealing wine. Wild blackberry, woody herb, forest floor, and dried leaves mingle harmoniously together, with structure and concentration. A perfect pairing with truffle risotto or grilled mushrooms.

The oldest continuously family-owned and operated winery in the United States, Wente Vineyards began in Livermore, California in 1883. Today the 4th and 5th generations carry on the family legacy, with 4th generation winegrower, Carolyn Wente, acting as Chairman of the Board. Underscoring the quality found in the Livermore with affordability, Wente Southern Hills Cabernet Sauvignon ($20) opens with notes of fig preserves, warm spice, and ripe plum, followed by juicy black and red cherry, vanilla, and anise. An easy go-to wine for any evening, pairing with anything from hard cheese to braised lamb.

For over 140 years Greek winery, Boutari, has been showcasing its heritage, producing quality wines from indigenous varieties that tell the story of the land, with the great-great-granddaughter of founder John Boutari, Christina Boutari serving as the face of the company as Marketing Director and Exports Manager. From the sun-drenched Mantinia region on the eastern side of the Peloponnese Peninsula, the Moscofilero variety shines, Boutari Moscofilero ($20) leaps from the glass with aromatic lemon blossom, wild rose, and wildflower notes, followed by a palate of green apple, lemon-lime, and thyme with bright acidity carrying through the finish.

In Southwest France, near the village of Cannet, Domaine du Moulié has existed since the mid-1700s crafting regal red wines with robust character and charm. In 2002 sisters Michèle and Lucie felt their calling to the land, their attachment to the terror, and followed in their mother’s footsteps (who took over the reins of the winery in 1958,) to usher the historic winery into the modern age. Domaine du Moulié Madrian Tannat ($16) celebrates the family’s tie to the region, as they are as much a part of the land as the fruit they grow, blending predominantly Tannat with 20% Cabernet Franc creating a dense yet approachable wine with layers of warm spice, black fruit, toasted vanilla, and savory herb. A perfect pairing with Indian flavors or slow-roasted game. 


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