On this March 8th, International Women’s Day, we celebrate the fine Women of Wine. In a male dominated wine industry, Cellar Angels often features women-owned wineries and female winemakers, elevating their career accomplishments and premium Napa and Sonoma artisan wines.
While this is not a full list, below are five women winemakers to support with your wine purchase in 2022. These women are not afraid of getting dirt under their nails, purple-stains on their hands and grape guts on their clothes. And they just happen to make exceptional limited production wines.
We admire their passion, dedication and hard work. So, today we celebrate them.
1. Winemaker Stephanie Trotter Zacharia - Trotter 1/16 Winery
One of 16 children (and the only one making wine!), Stephanie has worked in all areas of the wine industry, from the vineyards to the sales room, for almost 25 years. In 2011, her creative passion found its home in winemaking and she started her own label, Trotter 1/16. With a Double Gold for her inaugural release, followed by many other award-winning wines, Stephanie is a winemaker to follow!
Learn more about her small, woman-owned Napa Valley winery, Trotter 1/16 Winery.
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2. Winemaker/Viticulturist Lise Asimont - Dot Wine
With over 20 years in the wine industry, Lise Asimont is a force to be reckoned with in the world of ultra-premium winegrowing. She’s worked for several of the biggest and best wine brands in California, meticulously managing every acre of their vineyards to optimize wine quality while promoting sustainability and responsible land stewardship. She makes wine like a viticulturist: represent the vineyard in the bottle and let the grapes speak.
Learn more about her boutique woman-owned winery Dot Wine.
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3. Winemaker Cindy Cosco - Passaggio Wines
Following a 15-year career in Law Enforcement in Northern Virginia, Cindy Cosco moved to California to pursue her deep-rooted passion for winemaking in 2004. For the following three years, Cindy studied enology at Napa Valley College while she gained industry experience working wine retail, which led her to a full time position as Wine Chemist at Chateau St Jean. She decided it was time to make her own wine in 2007, where she partnered with custom crush facility, Crushpad. It was here she first launched Passaggio Wines with a mere 50 cases of Unoaked Chardonnay. Hired on as Winemaker at Crushpad in 2010, Cindy ran their white wine program through 2012, then parted ways to focus solely on building Passaggio Wines. You can now experience her very boutique collection – she makes only 1,700 cases each year – in beautiful downtown Sonoma.
Learn more about her small, woman-owned Napa Valley winery, Passaggio Wines.
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4. Winemaker Shaina Harding & Vintner Natalie Coughlin - Gaderian Wines
Vintner Natalie Coughlin Hall (left) and Winemaker Shaina Harding have been long time friends who met through their husbands. Natalie is a retired Olympic medalist in USA Swimming turned cookbook author. Shaina has been making wine in Napa Valley since 2008.
Even though Shaina already has about 15 other winemaking gigs going for herself, having a label of her own meant she could express her own winemaking style. So when Shaina asked Natalie to join in on Gaderian Wines, there was no hesitation. Their partnership is a perfect balance of hard work and connections. Natalie’s swimmer arms come in handy during punch down, and Shaina’s first hand knowledge of vineyard sources gives the duo access to top quality fruit.
Learn more about the woman-owned winery, Gaderian Wines.
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5. Winemaker Tami Collins & Proprietress Allie Ketcham - Ketcham Estate
Proprietress Allie Ketcham (right) is very proud to run Ketcham Estate with the help of women, including Winemaker Tami Collins and Director of Happiness Renne Graves (left).
Tami has a B.S. degree in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and she has completed the coursework at the University of California, Davis in Wine Chemistry, Winegrape Production, and Sensory Evaluation. She has more than 10 years of experience making wine in Sonoma and Mendocino counties using super- and ultra-premium grapes. She was assistant winemaker for six years at Blackstone Winery where she learned the art of blending from award-winning winemaker Dennis Hill. Other experiences include working at Leasingham Winery in Australia and Dunnewood in Ukiah, CA.
Learn more about the woman-owned winery, Ketcham Estate where Tami is a winemaker now.