Women in Wine
Women in Wine is the name for my signature events series, developed specifically with women’s networks and groups in mind. For my Women in Wine events, we taste six wines made by female producers – from Laura Catena’s Argentinian Malbec’s to Rianie Strydom’s stunning Chenin Blanc from Stellenbosch, South Africa through to Huia vineyards headed up by fantastic Claire Allen, with her on-point Sauvignon Blanc’s and Pinot Noir from New Zealand all of which is organic, vegan, vegetarian and minimal intervention.
The women’s movement is gaining impetus with every passing year and Women in Wine is my contribution to this vital effort. We ask whether women have a different relationship to wine than men, how women buy, consume, share and taste wine – as well as looking at the different styles and techniques that female producers use to produce their wines as they smash through the glass ceiling and make wines that are among the world’s very best. We also explore how the next generation of young female wine producers and entrepreneurs will evolve their wine-making styles and what female-produced wines we can expect to be hitting the shelves over the next few years.
Society expects men to ‘know about wine’. Many sommeliers (80% of whom are male) naturally give the wine list to the man, and pre-pour first to the man when a couple are dining together in a restaurant. The gender divide should play no part in wine tasting – indeed, studies show that women have superior tasting abilities to men, and perform better in blind tastings. Of the 56,000 who took the Master of Wine exam this year, the top eight performers were all female.
The US is the largest market for wine consumption and 59% of all regular wine purchases (50% of occasional purchasers) are women. Here in the UK, seven in every ten bottles purchased in a supermarket are bought by women.
When women make wine, they tend towards fresh, natural, low-intervention wines whose style is reflective of the terroir (the area in which the grapes are grown). In other words, the wines being made by today’s female producers are bang on-trend for what today’s millennial consumers are asking in restaurants and wine shops.
Women in Wine is a fantastic experience for your woman’s network or group – or just for a group of girlfriends who want to get together and enjoy exploring a female perspective on the wine world.
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