Wine Enthusiast Podcast: California’s Women in Wine—Part 1

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Illustration by Ellen Surrey

The first in a two-part series to honor Women’s History Month, this episode of the Wine Enthusiast Podcast features some of the leading ladies of the California wine scene who are driving the industry forward today.

There are plenty of multigenerational wine families throughout the world, but in the U.S., the country’s oldest continually operated family-owned winery is Wente Vineyards, based in Livermore, CA.

Carolyn Wente, Chairman of the Board, and her niece, Aly Wente, VP of Marketing and Customer Experience, represent the fourth and fifth generations in the family business. Here, they talk with Contributing Editor Virginie Boone about how their relationships and openness to innovation have helped maintain the winery’s standing and ensure its continued success for generations to come.

Also in this episode is Remi Cohen, the new CEO of Domaine Carneros. After holding numerous management positions at various wine businesses, in 2020, Cohen succeeded Domaine Carneros’ founding winemaker and CEO Eileen Crane after her 33-year tenure at the estate.

As the second CEO of this iconic California brand founded by the family behind Champagne Taittinger, Cohen shares how her decades of experience have helped shape her role and perspectives today, which include making sure a company works for you as opposed to you working for a company.

For more articles surrounding women’s history month, check out this piece on female empowerment in the drinks industry, how these entrepreneurs built digital communities with wine, and the leaders behind some of Champagne’s premier houses.

Published on March 17, 2021
Topics: Podcast