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5 Women Winemakers to Know -- You Should Drink Their Wines!

Raise a glass and toast your sisters.

Martha Stewart
March 2, 2017
By Sarah Tracey of the Lush Life

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March is Women's History Month and March 8th is International Women's Day, a worldwide celebration of women's social, economic and political achievements. Now, more than ever, it's
important to toast the progress that women have made -- and why not do that with a female produced wine?

According to the Wine Institute, 57% of wine purchases made in the U.S. are made by women. Only an estimated 10 percent of California's winemakers are female, as reported in a study from Santa Clara University -- and as for the rest of the world, that figure may be even lower. As any woman who has tried to progress in a male-dominated industry knows, closing the gender gap is no small challenge and we applaud the women who are at the forefront of winemaking today. We asked 5 of our favorites to tell us the wine that is most expressive of their winemaking philosophy and style. These wines are beautifully crafted and full of elegance and finesse ... and tasting them leaves no doubt that the future (of wine) is female.

Kathleen Inman, Inman Family Wines

A Napa native, Kathleen started her eponymous winery in 2000, planting the Olivet Grange Vineyard in Sonoma's Russian River Valley. One one of things that defines Kathleen's winemaking is her dedication to environmental issues and 'natural' winemaking: sensitive farming combined with noninterventionist winemaking practices. The result is subtle and nuanced wines, a far cry from the overripe, rich, and -- dare we say it -- more masculine style prevalent in the Russian River. A lovely example of her elegant style is her OGV Estate Pinot Noir 2013.

"The Olivet Grange Vineyard Estate Pinot Noir is the a baby that I give birth to every year. I labor over this wine in the vineyard and in the cellar and I believe it is the epitome of my winemaking style and philosophy." Kathleen crafts all of her wines without any additions of water, acid, enzymes or tannins and ferments with the native yeast on the grapes and the naturally available bacteria -- and the results are indeed spectacular. With only 390 cases of this signature wine produced, get some while you can!