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Wine Women\’s Winemakersí Forum to be held at Chimne

Submitted By: Marcia Macomber, January 07, 2017
WINE WOMEN, a nonprofit professional trade organization focused on advancing women’s careers in the wine industry by fostering and nurturing talent, providing networking and training opportunities, as well as advocating for better opportunities for women in this industry, will host its women Winemakers’ Forum ( on Thursday, January 12th, at Chimney Rock Winery in Napa at 4 p.m., with guest speaker Jackie Egidio, Finance Director of Ram’s Gate Winery. The meeting is open to women winemakers, assistant and associate winemakers and enologists in the wine industry.

Attendees will have an opportunity to network with other women in their profession in the wine industry and explore ways in which they can expand their collective knowledge and leverage their relationships to enhance their careers.

Chimney Rock winemaker Elizabeth Vianna will conduct a brief tour of the winemaking facilities for guests before Jackie Egidio presents on winery finance and accounting. “Understanding winery financials and accounting are critical skills for success,” stated Ms. Egidio. “Wine makers are called upon to make key recommendations and decisions on capital purchases and investments for wineries. My presentation will focus on understanding how to comprehend financial statements as well as affect future decisions.”

Linda Trotta, chair of the Winemakers’ Forum, added, “Jackie has a wealth of knowledge in winery finance. We’re looking forward to her putting a spotlight on this vital aspect to career success in the industry.”

The meeting is open to women members and non-members alike. Advance registration is required. Details and registration:

Jackie has been the Finance Director for Ram’s Gate Winery in Sonoma for more than three years. Prior to her tenure at Ram’s Gate, she also oversaw finances at Robert Craig Winery and served as Accounting Manager at Edna Valley Vineyard. Jackie also serves as Wine Women’s Forums Director and Acting Treasurer. In the past, she served as CFO for Women for WineSense’s National Board of Directors in addition to participating on two of the Napa-Sonoma chapter’s roundtables, Human Resources and Finance & Accounting. For the Napa-Sonoma Women for WineSense chapter’s Board of Directors, she served as Secretary, then Treasurer, and finally, Professional Development Director. Between these many duties, Jackie has squeezed in studies at the introductory level of the Guild of Sommeliers.

The estate was established in 1980 by Hack and Stella Wilson, who brought their love of wine and South African winery architecture to the Napa Valley. Since the Terlato acquisition and involvement, they have built on that foundation and advanced the quality of every aspect of the estate and its wines. They focus on intelligent and sustainable farming and grape growing led by V.P. of Winemaking, Doug Fletcher, along with a soft-handed and thoughtful approach to winemaking led by Winemaker, Elizabeth Vianna. They strive to allow the unique and magnificent Stags Leap District soil and fruit to show themselves in their best light. Through this thoughtful and sustainable approach, the estate has a reputation for consistently crafting unique wines of exceptional quality that show a true sense of place.

WINE WOMEN Forums ( are career development tools for women (and men) in the wine industry. Each forum is profession- or topic-driven, such as finance and accounting, human resources, winemaking, marketing, and other facets of the business. Additional forums will be launching in 2017, such as management and operations. Eligibility to join a forum is established by each forum’s membership. Forums are open to both women and men (unless otherwise stated). Advance registration is required.

WINE WOMEN’s mission is “To champion the advancement of women’s careers in the wine industry by building strong relationships, essential business skills and leadership among members.” At the core of the new 501(c)(3) nonprofit professional organization’s activities are programs focused on providing the tools, guidance and creativity for members to attain industry prominence.

For more information about WINE WOMEN, visit: or call 707.996.8740. Visit WINE WOMEN’s website at, or their Facebook page, WineWomenOrg, or find them on Twitter @WineWomenOrg. For membership information, email Ellen Reich Luchtel, Membership Director, at For complete details on their events calendar, visit: