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Wine Women Launches 2018 Events Schedule

Submitted By: Marcia Macomber, February 15, 2018
Wine Women to hold “Italy: North to South” and “From Employee to Entrepreneur” events

WINE WOMEN launches its 2018 events schedule with two new series and three new events. The "Advanced Wine Exploration" event series kicks off February 22nd with “Italy, North to South,” hosted by Windee Smith at The Panel in Sonoma. The series will offer wine tastings focused on niche topics of interest to industry professionals. Beyond the February event, two events of the series will offer “The Inside Story of Buying for a Wine Shop,” focused on the decision-making process of a wine shop manager, and “Wine Faults,” a tasting workshop introducing attendees to the olfactory and taste profiles of TCA, VA, brettanomyces and other wine faults.

“From Employee to Entrepreneur,” featuring guest speaker and business coach Jay Rooke, at Buena Vista Winery in Sonoma, on March 6th, kicks off the new Career Series. This second new series will focus upon education and skills for women in the wine industry to accelerate their careers. These workshops will include training on topics such as gaining the skills to become a successful entrepreneur, skills assessment and identification, and negotiation strategy and tactics. All series events are open to members and guests.

WINE WOMEN’s third event is scheduled for April 17th at Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards. Turning the tables from more typical guest speakers, the event will feature an all-male panel discussion on the gender pay gap, “These Men Want to See You Succeed,” moderated by the former president and CEO of the Network of Executive Women, Joan Toth.

Attendees at this February 22nd event will enjoy classic Italian wines: Barolo, Amarone, Brunello, along with equally wonderful whites. The evening’s guided tasting will be led by The Panel ( co-owner Windee Smith. Tickets include wine education tasting along with cheese and charcuterie.

Ticket prices range from $44 to $64 for “Italy: North to South.” For details and to reserve a seat, go to:

Thinking about going out on your own? “From Employee to Entrepreneur,” on March 6th, helps attendees with the transition to business owner. Business Coach Jay Rooke advises guests on how to avoid the pitfalls of entrepreneurship. Learn how to focus your energy and resources on the avenues that move the business forward; manage stress and explore additional perspectives to your business success; and make cleaner decisions and identify your optimal leadership style.

Jay Rooke ( is a member of the Forbes’ Coaches Council, is the Chapter Director for Startup Grind Sonoma, and sits on the Boards of Directors of Rotary and the Boys and Girls Club of Sonoma Valley. As a former attorney who spent most of his career in business development, his business and executive coaching practice provides real-world solutions for growth-oriented businesses.

This event is sponsored by the Boisset Collection, a family-owned collection of historic and unique wineries in France and California bound together by a common cause: authentic, terroir-driven wines in harmony with their history, their future and the land and people essential to their existence. With more than twenty historical and prestigious wineries in the world’s preeminent terroirs, including the Côte d’Or, Beaujolais, Rhône Valley, California’s Russian River Valley and the Napa Valley, each house retains its unique history, identity, and style, and all are united in the pursuit of fine wines expressive of their terroir. To learn more about the Boisset Collection, please visit

Ticket prices range from $27 to $54 for “From Employee to Entrepreneur.” For details and to reserve a seat, go to:

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 707.721.1095. Visit WINE WOMEN’s website at, or their Facebook page, WineWomenOrg, or find them on Twitter @WineWomenOrg. For complete details on their events calendar, visit: