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What to Drink Now: Perfect Pairings for Mom

D Magazine
May 2, 2016
By Hayley Hamilton Cogill

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This Mother’s Day, celebrate mom by treating her to breakfast in bed, lunch on a terrace, and a dinner she doesn’t have to cook. Then give her a bottle or two of special wine. Consider one of these delicious selections from incredible female winemakers in the business. Each of these women crafts elegant, delicate wines with character, and embodies the passion that makes winemaking so much fun. (A few selections were sent for editorial consideration.)

You would think that in 2016 highlighting women in the wine world wouldn’t still be something we need to mention, as women have always had a strong presence in the winery and vineyards of the world. However, both throughout the United States and internationally there is still quite a discrepancy between the number of female verses male winemakers, with the men dominating in some regions three to one. Thankfully, regions like Napa, Sonoma and Willamette have long embraced strong female winemakers. Female winemakers do more than bring a delicate touch on the wines they produce, they also have the ability to develop a true sense of place and varietal character. And, as any mom and woman will know, they have the unique ability to multi-task.

Thankfully, winemakers like winery owners Amy Aiken producing luscious, dusty and refined Rutherford dominant Cabernet Sauvignon in her Meander Wines in Napa; Kathleen Inman of Inman Family Vineyards crafting stellar cool climate Russian River Pinot Noir; Cécile Mallié-Verdier making Old World Cabernet Sauvignon dominant wines for Chateau Brethous in Bordeaux; Mia Klein of Selene Wines, whose Napa Valley Cabernet Franc based Chesler Red Wine blend continues to be one of my favorite wines of all time; dynamic Susana Balbo who proved in the very masculine world of Argentina that a woman could succeed in producing bold, spicy, black cherry filled Malbec in the winery baring her name, rising to become one of the most respected winemakers in the country; Elena Walch of Elena Walch Winery in Alto Adige, Italy who had a chance to work with her husband, Werner Walch, at his traditional family winery, and instead broke off on her own to create her winery in the foothills of the Dolomite Mountains; Pascale Peyronie, owner and winemaker of the famed Château Fonbadet in Bordeaux’s Pauillac appellation; to Cecila Welch, Heidi Barret, Helen Turley, Merry Edwards and many more who put their names on wines they make every day, are standing out as leaders in the field producing rich, balanced and refined wines.