Leading Ladies of Wine

Saturday, March 11, 2023

Louis M. Martini Winery — St. Helena, California
$1,500 per person

  • Winetasting, talk and dinner with four of Napa Valley’s most influential female winemakers
  • Cathy Corison, Gina Gallo, Helen Keplinger and Françoise Peschon
  • Discussion moderated by Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson
  • Reception and dinner featuring Napa Valley favorites

Wine? Women? Maybe song, but certainly inspirational stories and a sprinkling of education at this fascinating time with four of Napa Valley’s most notable female winemakers. Learn what sparked their passion for winemaking, what sets their styles apart, and what they foresee for Napa Valley’s wine industry.

This lively discussion will be moderated by well-known wine educator and TV host Andrea Robinson, one of only 25 women Master Sommeliers in the world. A reception and dinner will follow, featuring some of Napa Valley’s celebrated female chefs.

Trailblazer Cathy Corison was the first woman winemaker/proprietor in Napa Valley, starting Corison in 1987. San Francisco Chronicle’s 2011 Winemaker of the Year, Cathy produces artisanal Cabernet Sauvignon that speaks of place. This year, her winery was named one of the Top 100 Wineries in the World by Wine & Spirits Magazine.

Gina Gallo, Julio Gallo’s granddaughter, found her calling working for Gallo Family Vineyards Sonoma Reserve. She applies her bold, sensual style as the Gallo Signature Series winemaker, and is head of vineyard operations for the Gallo of Sonoma estates and for the winery itself.

For nearly 20 years, Helen Keplinger has been crafting amazing wines for Arrow&Branch, Bryant Estate, Carte Blanche, Grace Family Vineyards, Kenzo Estate, Paradigm, and her own label, Keplinger. With experience also gained in France and Australia, she respects that each wine is a reflection of its origin as well as of each vintage’s characteristics.

San Francisco Chronicle’s 2019 Winemaker of the Year Françoise Peschon, the long-time winemaker for Araujo Winery, is now the consulting winemaker for Accendo Cellars, Cornell, Heimark, Matt Morris, Almacerro and Vine Hill Ranch. She also owns her own label, Drinkward Peschon. Her attitude toward winemaking is “terroir-first, ego-second.”

Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind event with some of Napa Valley’s powerful women in wine!