As it turns out, I decided to make my "wish" for 2018 from the GuildSomm 2017 Year in Review podcast come true: I'm planning a day-long forum that opens up a conversation surrounding those who identify as women in the wine industry. The event is called Bâtonnage, and it's happening July 28 in Napa (SAVE THE DATE!).
Our intention is to educate wine professionals, as well as consumers and wine industry supporters, on the unique challenges and opportunities that women in the field – winemakers, vineyard workers, writers and marketers, salespeople, sommeliers, collectors, and drinkers – have faced both historically and present-day; we simultaneously seek to propose pragmatic solutions for charting a positive, inclusive course forward.
We're working on content and brainstorming panel topics right now. There is SO much to include, it will likely have to spill into an annual event ;) but we would love to hear from you about what topics you'd enjoy hearing discussed. Thoughts??
Stevie, I think this is great! Kosher shabbat people can't come on Saturdays. I do hope this continues and that we can do it on other days.
Thanks for the feedback, Alicia! It's SO hard finding a date that works for everyone :( but my hope is definitely that we can grow this into an annual event and maybe someday even have events on both coasts (and in between?!); we'll try to get everyone involved somehow. I'm also hoping I can find an organization to partner with that could record (visually or audibly) the event so we could post the conversations online for folks to experience after the event. Stay tuned.