What Will Be In Your Glass To Celebrate International Women's Day?
International Women's Day is here, and we are celebrating by enjoying wines in our portfolio that are represented or made by women!
Estela Perinetti, Chief Winemaker for Luca and La Posta wines, has grown up in the vineyards. When she needs to refuel, she often finds peace by going back to where it all started for her, in La Posta’s Estela Armando’s vineyard. This is where she learned to care for the vines planted by her mother and grandfather. With winemaking in her blood—her family immigrated to Argentina from Piedmont, Italy to make wine in the late 1800s—she was destined to carry on the tradition of her prestigious lineage. And now, working hand-in-hand with Laura Catena, Perinetti can certainly hold her own with the Argentine wine society.
With visions of Perinetti frolicking as a child in the same vineyards she now oversees, it is hard not to develop a particular affection for the La Posta brand. And with Tinto, it’s fair to say we have a soft spot in our hearts for this wine.
Follow this link for our wine pick: La Posta Tinto Red Blend
Previously operating under the domaine Marcel Lapierre, the estate has since been passed down to the hands of brother-sister duo Mathieu and Camille Lapierre. After the sad passing of their father Marcel in 2010, a “true hero of Beaujolais,” Camille stepped in to help her brother continue the tradition of creating the beautiful, natural wines her family is known for. Whether it was a path she wanted to take or not, Camille’s dedication to carrying on the legacy of her father is a true testament to the deep rooted sense of family that exists within the wine industry; the fundamental reason we choose to represent Wines of People, Place and Time.
Follow this link for our wine pick: M&C Lapierre Morgon
Chiara Boschis is hands down one of the most badass women in wine. It is challenging not to fall in love with her wines, and her story. For starters, she was the youngest member and the only female member of the infamous Barolo Boys—a group that revolutionized winemaking in Barolo back in the 80’s. She bought the little estate of E. Pira in 1980 and since then has continuously turned out incredible wines that stand against the top producers in the region. Female winemakers are far from the norm in Barolo but that has never stopped Chiara. As a young winemaker, she would harvest at night to fly under her father’s radar and do as she pleased in the vineyards. With a little defiance and a lot of grit, she has proven something that has driven a lot of females since childhood: not only can she keep up with the boys, she can surpass them.
Follow this link for our wine pick: E. Pira & Figli - Chiara Boschis Barolo Mosconi
Following in her mother's footsteps, Alison Sokol Blosser is the second-generation female leader at the Sokol Blosser Winery. She currently holds the position of Co-President and CEO. Early on in her life, she was unsure of whether she wanted to join in on the family business. After getting her MBA at the University of Washington, her mother gave her an "official" offer to join the company. However, she she turned it down for a career in the corporate world. After three months of pursuing this dream, she decided that while winemaking wasn’t her thing, the family vineyard and winery were in her blood. She came home to join the family business in 2004 as the Director of Marketing.
Today, Alison is carrying on her mom's legacy of promoting Oregon wine, and she is a valued leader in the region. When she isn't accepting awards for her efforts or for running the business, you can find her working with the Women for Winesense, the Dundee Hills Winegrowers Association, or the Oregon Pinot Camp.
Follow this link for our wine pick: Sokol Blosser Dundee Hills Estate Pinot Noir
Making wine together for more than twenty years, Laura and her late husband Gianni Brunelli built a strong foundation and world renowned reputation. After the passing of Gianni in 2008, Laura Brunelli presses on and continues to produce utterly superb Montalcino wines. Her skills in winemaking are only matched by her infectious personality, generosity and big heart. On top of that, two of her most endearing qualities are her deep appreciation for nature and her insistence on stopping to admire all the beautiful things Mother Nature shows us.
Follow this link for our wine pick: Gianni Brunelli Brunello di Montalcino
A celebration of women in wine would not be complete without mention of Parés Baltà. The Spanish producer has not one but two women at the helm. The talented Maria Elena Jimenez and Marta Casas are the skilled oenologists who take care of the winemaking at Parés Baltà. Leading the charge as winemakers, and sisters in law (they are married to Joan and Josep Cusiné Carol, who manage the winery), they have worked together to create distinct personalities for each of their wines while respecting varietal character to preserve typicity. While the masses have surged towards modern winemaking, Jimenez and Casas have returned to more traditional methods, showing they aren’t afraid to break away from the pack. They are an impressive duo.
Follow this link for our wine pick: Parés Baltà Indigena Garnatxa