Every once in a while you come across a couple that are the perfect match. They seem ideally suited for each other, the whole greater than the sum of their parts. As Jerry McGuire would say, they “complete” one another. Female winemaker Kristin Belair and Honig Winery have one of those special symbiotic relationships.
Two of my three favorite things in the world, women and wine, came together one recent fateful evening at Fleming’s Steakhouse in Scottsdale, Arizona. Their “Women & Wine” dinner featured three of America’s top wines, all of which are produced by, you guessed it… women. Like my recent five part series focus on affordable California Cult Wines, I’ve opted to give each of these fabulous females their time in the spotlight.
A modest 3,200 cases were made of this wine. Also still available in magnum format for $240, this is the perfect bottle to buy for anyone looking for a long term cellaring, “cultish” California Cabernet.
Edited by Jon Troutman
I recently got a chance to spend a few minutes with Nicki Pruss, wine-maker at the world famous Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars.
We talked a little bit about her background and how she worked her way up into the wine-maker position at this prestigious vineyard. Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars was bought by a partnership of Marchese Piero Antinori and Chateau Ste Michelle wine estates in 2007 for a whopping $185,000,000. Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars is one of only two wines in the Smithsonian institute, based on its fantastic showing at the Judgment of Paris 1976.
Fleming’s prime steakhouse
and wine bar is recognizing breast cancer awareness month by hosting a “Women & Wine” dinner Tuesday October 19th, and on Friday October 22nd. The event is billed as “the ultimate girls night out” and features wines by Cathy Corison, Kirstin Belair and Janet Myers. These women are the wine makers at Corison, Honig and Franciscan respectively.
In addition to the premium Napa Valley wines guests will enjoy a 4 course meal created by Fleming’s executive chef Russell Skall. The price is $95 per person not including tax or gratuity, and reservations are required
I met Ann Roncone Winemaker and Vineyard Manager for Arizona’s Lightning Ridge Cellars. From very humble beginnings making wine in her garage to producing just under 1,000 cases of wine now, she has taken a hands on approach to all aspects of her wine business.
I recently met Louisa Sawyer Lindquist at a dual wine tasting at AZ Wine Company in Scottsdale Arizona. I say dual because along with her wine company, Verdad Wines, we were also tasting her husband’s wines, Qupe. A husband and wife dynamic wine duo, sounds like the perfect relationship right? Her husband is Bob Lindquist, one of the “Rhone Rangers”. Louisa really knows her stuff, she is not just a salesperson parroting the wine makers comments. At this tasting she was quizzed by some skeptical consumers and someone actually doubted her! She but it bluntly and something to the effect of “I know what I’m talking about, and I know how this wine was made, I MADE IT MYSELF”. I love it when wine snobs get put in their place.
Here is a short video of Louisa, enjoy!