Join us as we take a tour throughout the world of wine. We'll hear from some of the wine world's leading women winemakers and estate owners and be inspired by discussions on collective contributions and experiences from pioneers of the wine industry.
Time: 10:00AM to 11:30AM
Location: Michael's On East Ballroom
Veronique Dausse, Directeur Général
Château Phélan Ségur, Saint-Estèphe, France
Château Phélan Ségur, Saint-Estèphe, Bordeaux, France, 2012
Château Phélan Ségur, Saint-Estèphe, Bordeaux, France, 2015
While she has kept a love of the land and of terroirs from her Piedmontese and Gascon origins, Véronique Dausse has enjoyed a global wine career. With an MBA under her belt, she started her career at Clos du Val in Napa Valley. Here, she established the four pillars of her wine know-how: knowledge of the product, a commercial spirit, an Anglo-Saxon approach to marketing refined through contact with distributors and consumers around the world, and insatiable curiosity. In becoming Managing Director of Château Phélan Ségur in 2010,she brought her energy, her determination and her obsession with quality to one of St Estèphe’s most brilliant wine estates. In 2018, Château Phélan Ségur came under the ownership of the Flemish Van de Vyvere family. In love with the property and its terroir, Véronique accompanies Philippe Van de Vyvere in realizing his dream, for which he puts his entrepreneurial values to work in search of aesthetic and technical excellence, with respect for environmental and social balance. The mother of 3 children, she divides her time between her family, her oenological and culinary travels, and opera.
Elizabeth Cooper, Eastern Sales Director
Fess Parker Winery and Vineyards, Santa Barbara, California
Fess Parker Winery & Vineyards, Riesling, Santa Barbara, CA, 2017
Fess Parker Winery & Vineyards, Red Blend "The Big Easy," Santa Barbara, CA, 2017
With over 30 years in the food and beverage industry, Liz hasWith over 30 years in the food and beverage industry, Liz hasworked in just about every facet of the business. She receivedthe Advanced Sommelier certification from the Court of MasterSommeliers in 2008 and sat for the Master exam in 2010, 2011and 2012. Liz now enjoys traveling the country sharing Fess ParkerWinery and Vineyards’ wines and story. Liz’s tenure with the Parkershas been divided over 7+ years. Fess Parker Winery and Vineyardsis a small, family owned and operated winery, farm, ranch, restaurantand brewery that has been evolving into an incredible, sustainable, food and beverage“ecosystem” over the last 30 years.
Kim Bolander, Director of Sales
L'Ecole N° 41, Walla Walla, Washington
L'Ecole N° 41, Chenin Blanc "Old Vines," Yakima Valley, WA, 2018
L'Ecole N° 41, Merlot, Columbia Valley, WA, 2016
Kim oversees the L’Ecole N° 41’s day-to-day business relationships with over 60 distributors – covering 48 states and more than 20 countries across the globe. Kim was hired in 1998 when the winery produced just a few thousand cases. As L’Ecole has grown, she has played an integral role in building the winery’s brand and managing growth and sales. Kim is a graduate of Whitman College and began her career in the wine industry in 1996 working for the Chalone Wine Group. Kim currently sits on the marketing committee for the Washington Wine Commission and, when not pursuing her interest in food and wine, enjoys golf and spending time with her family.
Joan Szkutak, Proprietor
SAMsARA Wine Company, Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara County, California
SAMsARA Wine Co., Chardonnay "Santa Rita Hills,"SAMsARA Wine Co., Chardonnay "Santa Rita Hills,"Santa Barbara, CA, 2018
SAMsARA Wine Co., Pinot Noir "Rancho La Viña Vineyard,”SAMsARA Wine Co., Pinot Noir "Rancho La Viña Vineyard,”Santa Barbara, CA, 2014
Joan owns SAMsARA with her husband, Dave. She developed a fundamental love of all things enological during her career at Procter & Gamble, which involved extensive international travel. Having had the good fortune of visiting some of the world’s greatest winegrowing regions, she found herself returning time and again to Santa Barbara, where a combination of diverse, site-specific wines, friendly people and a close proximity to the Pacific, sparked her imagination. Today, Joan and her husband help guide SAMsARA as vintners working closely with Winemaker Matt Brady, supporting his creative decisions in both the vineyard and the cellar. SAMsARA produces Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah and Grenache from carefully selected micro-sites within Santa Rita Hill’s most distinctive vineyards. The resulting wines are built on balance, harmony with nature and listening to the needs of both our vineyards and wines in the cellar; a commitment to making “vineyard-driven wines.” SAMsARA’s old-world wine making techniques produce winesthat are distinctive, with a powerful finish and rich mid-palate texture. When Joan is notpalate texture. When Joan is not at the winery she resides in St. Augustine, Florida.
Susie Selby, Proprietor & Winemaker
Selby Winery, Russian River Valley, California
Selby Winery, Sauvignon Blanc, Russian River Valley, CA, 2018
Selby Winery, Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, CA, 2018
Selby Winery was founded by Susie Selby, Winemaker, and her father, David K. Selby, M.D. After receiving her BA in Economics from Vanderbilt and her MBA from George Washington University, Susie learned to make wine in a hands-on apprenticeship environment, starting as a Tasting Room Manager, Cellar Master and eventually becoming the Assistant Winemaker at a large winery, while still making Selby wines. After Dr. Selby passed away suddenly in 1997, Susie decided to continue the dream of Selby Winery and managed to do it on her own through a lot of hard work and challenges. Today she still has no partners or investors. Selby Winery produces over sixteen different varietals and has won numerous awards and accolades. “Enjoy wine; enjoy life,” will continue to be Susie’s approach to being a winemaker. That expression, like the wines, is a reflection of the passion and the enjoyment she shared with her father and co-founder.
Julie Johnson, Proprietor & Winemaker
Tres Sabores, Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
Tres Sabores, Sauvignon Blanc "Farina Vineyard,"Tres Sabores, Sauvignon Blanc "Farina Vineyard,"Sonoma Mountain, CA, 2018
Tres Sabores, Red Blend "¿Por Qué No?," Napa Valley, CA, 2015
Julie Johnson is the Winemaker and Owner of Tres Sabores, a winery nestled into the western Rutherford bench land of the Napa Valley. Passionate about food, wine, and the land, for the last 33 years Julie has lived on Napa’s first certified organic farm, growing winegrapes (Cabernet, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah) pomegranates, lemons andolives while raising her children (not to mention Golden Retrievers, Guinea Hens, and sheep.) A native of California, Julie graduated from Columbia as a P.H.N. after receiving a B.A. from Bowdoin College. Relocating to the Napa Valley in 1980, she practiced nursing even as she founded Frog’s Leap Winery (with her first husband, John Williams and partner, Larry Turley) in 1981. In 1990 she joined with Michaela Rodeno, past CEO at St. Supery Winery, and founded “Women for Wine Sense, a vital national organization whose “vision is to support theappreciation for and responsible consumption of wine.” Julie started Tres Sabores in 1999 as a single vineyard estate and soon began making her own wine.
Mary Joli, National Brand Manager
Willamette Valley Vineyards, Willamette Valley, Oregon
Willamette Valley Vineyards, Chardonnay "Estate,"Willamette Valley Vineyards, Chardonnay "Estate,"Willamette Valley, OR, 2017
Willamette Valley Vineyards, Pinot Noir "Estate,"Willamette Valley Vineyards, Pinot Noir "Estate,"Willamette Valley, OR, 2017
Mary Joli is the South East Regional Sales Manager with Willamette Valley Vineyards in Oregon’s verdant Willamette Valley. Mary brings with her a wealth of wine knowledge and experience from 20 years in the Oregon wine industry, starting in wine shops specializing in Oregon Pinots, and later with several small production Oregon wineries. Mary has managed tasting rooms, formed and structured wine clubs, hosted special events and vineyard weddings, and has even worked in harvest and wine production. As a TWA international flight attendant Mary traveled extensively throughout Europe where she first discovered the joy of drinking elegant old world wines. Working with Willamette Valley Vineyards has enabled her to live her dreams. At home in Oregon, Mary enjoys hiking, organic gardening and kayaking on the Willamette River. She actively enjoys Oregon’s endless forests, snowy mountains, rugged coastline and, of course, its elegant wines!