• Celebrating Women in Wine

    The 39th Annual l'Eté du Vin


Grand Cru

Thursday July 12, 2018

Vintners' Tasting

Thursday August 2, 2018

Patrons' Event

Friday August 3, 2018

l'Eté du Vin

Saturday August 4, 2018

A California winemaking expert and global wine consultant.
A business-minded marketing legacy from one of the most renowned Champagne dynasties.
President of one of Napa’s most highly respected wineries.
Owner, manager, and winemaker of a terroir-influenced St. Helena estate.
A Barcelona-born winemaker, author, and ambassador of Spanish wines in North America.
An eloquent ambassador with global marketing prowess.
A central coast award-winning top Pinot producer.

Oh, and they all happen to be women.

In 1998, NWA and Tom Black put together a women-centric l’Eté du Vin to celebrate the power and success of women in the wine industry.
It’s only fitting that on the twentieth anniversary of that empowered year, we do the same.
These women are talented, fierce, and deserving of our recognition for more than simply being women.


Zelma Long | International Winemaker

Zelma Long

Long, with a resume including key posts at Robert Mondavi, Simi, and Chandon Estates, has pioneered the way for women in the industry. She even became the first woman to assume senior leadership at a California winery and was the first president of the American Vineyard Foundation. She was part of the celebration in 1998, and we are honored to have her back in 2018.  Read more about Zelma here.

Vitalie Taittinger | Champagne Taittinger

Vitalie Taittinger

Vitalie Taittinger, head of marketing for her family’s Champagne house, is a business savvy professional in her own right. Her unique combination of business skills, arts education, and expertise in wine and gastronomy make her poised for unparalleled marketing and brand ambassador capabilities at Champagne Taittinger. Read more about Vitalie here.


Shannon Staglin | Staglin Family Vineyard

Shannon Staglin

Shannon Staglin, MBA in hand from UC Davis’s Graduate School of Management, oversees all aspects of Staglin Family Vineyards, serving as President and pushing the family-run estate to its full potential. Her educational and professional experiences provide a new perspective and a fresh outlook that will enhance the family business for many years to come. Read more about Shannon here.

Pam Starr | Crocker & Starr

Pam Starr

Pam Starr, with a penchant for translating terroir into wine, has made a name for herself by making distinctive Bordeaux-style blends that express a deep sense of place. With Carmenet and Spottswoode experience, she established Crocker & Starr in 1997 to major and continued success. Read more about Pam here.

Marimar Torres with her daughter Cristina Torres | Marimar Estate Vineyard & Winery

Marimar Torres

Torres, told by her family that the vineyard was no place for a girl, moved to the US from Barcelona. Fluent in six languages, owner of Marimar Estate Vineyards, author, and director of two Sonoma County vineyards, she is a symbol of overcoming gender stereotypes within the business world. And she became the best-known ambassador of Spanish wines in North America. Marimar is back again with us after 20 years, and we are lucky to have her! Read more about Marimar here.

Lindy Novak | Spottswoode Estate Vineyard

Lindy Novak

Novak, an eloquent ambassador for Spottswoode Estate, is dedicated to guiding the estate in her role as national director of marketing. Known for her warmth, humor, and thoughtfulness, her business acumen has provided the estate with multiple opportunities and continued growth. Her accolades have only grown since 1998 when she joined us at L’Ete du Vin. Read more about Lindy here.

Jenne Lee Bonaccorsi | Bonaccorsi Wine Company

Jenne Lee Bonaccorsi

Bonaccorsi, with a background in the restaurant industry, was among the top 30 Pinot producers by Wine Spectator. Her minimal intervention winemaking style captures the essence of both the grape variety and the terroir at Bonaccorsi Wine Company. Since her husband’s passing in 2004, she continues to make wine that is delicate and concentrated, remaining one of the more elegant producers of wine in the Central Coast. Read more about Jenne Lee here.

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