I researched stats of how many female winemakers there were and didn’t unearth anything specific. The number has historically been very low but by all counts is now rising. Anecdotally, people say that female winemakers tend to produce more elegant and perhaps even more balanced wines. On March 6-8, see what you think with these:
- Las Moradas de San Martin Senda 2016: Winemaker Isabel Galindo’s nickname is La Reina de Garnacha (i.e., Queen of Garnacha). With vines from the 12th century, she creates this fresh, herbal Garnacha with notes of canned black olives and milk chocolate over wild black cherry. A steal at only $12.
- Elena Walch Pinot Bianco: I love whites from Alto Adige and Elena Walch and her daughters do them so well. A fantastic light apertivo from this winery entirely owned and operated by women.
- Le Macchiole Bolgeri Rosso 2018: Cinzia Merli and her husband transformed a small vineyard into one that made high quality Tuscan wines. After he passed away, Cinzia continued the evolution and her Bolgheri wines are excellent, like this peppery black currant Rosso blend (Merlot 40%, Cabernet Franc 20%, Cabernet Sauvignon 20%, Syrah 20%). $30
- Cambria Estate Winery, Julia’s Vineyard Pinot Noir: Cambria is owned by women and the wines are made by women. They’re having virtual events this month to seek out nominations for inspiring women leaders, donating $1 to environmental non-profit SeaTrees for every nomination. This Pinot has lots of dried sage and tarragon over bright black cherry. $25
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