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Honor Margrit Mondavi and women at wine event

By Jessica Yadegaran
Wednesday, June 13th, 2007 at 11:31 am in Uncategorized.

You know Robert Mondavi’s contributions to the industry. But the woman at his side is a ground-breaking pioneer as well. Essentially, Mrs. Mondavi introduced the concept of hospitality to the winemakers of America. Furthermore, whatever artistic collaborations you see in wineries today, be they exhibits, concerts, cooking classes or literary events, you have her to thank.

I had the honor of sitting next to Mrs. Mondavi at the Judgment of Paris reenactment last year at Copia. She’s delightful, not to mention stunning. I felt more star-quality and radiance from her than any entertainment celebrity I’ve ever interviewed. I’m pretty sure my palms were sweating. She told us stories taken straight from her diary about those early days, four decades ago, in Napa. They will no doubt resurface in the Judgment movie, which begins production this fall, I believe.

Women for WineSense, a 17-year organization dedicated to supporting women in wine, is honoring Mrs. Mondavi as its first inductee into the Women for WineSense Hall of Fame, which will have its physical home at Copia. She will be inducted on Saturday, June 23, at the San Francisco Four Seasons Hotel, as part of the Wines Women Want Grand Tasting event.

Definitely check it out. You’ll be able to taste the winning wines from the first National Women’s Wine Competition back in March. In addition, there will be a day-long series of educational programs and opportunities for women in the wine industry.

The program begins at 8:30 in the morning and includes seminars and panel discussions on wine appreciation, sensory analysis, careers in the wine industry and women icons in the wine industry. Afterwards, a walkabout lunch limited to 200 participants and prepared by the Four Seasons chef follows an award ceremony, and features stations offering food and wine pairings.

A Grand Tasting, featuring the winners of the National Women’s Wine Competition, begins at 2 p.m. About 100 wineries will be showcasing their award-winning wines. Want to attend it all? Full admission, including the Education Programs, Award Ceremony, Luncheon and Grand Tasting, is $125 ($100 for WWS members). That’s quite a deal, I think. Tickets for the Walkabout Lunch and Grand Tasting are $95 ($85 for WWS members). Just want to hit the Grand Tasting Event? It’s only $50 ($40 for WWS members).

Tickets are available online at Wines Women Want. Proceeds from the event will underwrite the educational programs and activities of WWS and fund two scholarships for women in viticulture/winemaking and women wine educators. See you there!

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