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??
This is wonderful, Stevie! I am so sad to miss it, as it is the same weekend as the International Pinot Noir Celebration. Otherwise, I would definitely fly down. Can't wait to see what it can be. My wine ladies and I here in Portland frequently have get togethers and always ask how we can turn our informal wine sessions into something productive for women in the industry. Let me know if there's any way we can support from afar!
Thanks Stacey! Yes, it was a challenge scheduling a date with our industry having so many existing events... it's like we're a social industry, or something ;) And I'm really sad to miss so many folks who will be at IPNC; I know that event is incredible. If you know folks (any gender!) in the area who would be interested in attending, send them along to batonnageforum.com!
Further, we are looking for partners to sell t-shirts (and maybe tote bags) with our awesome logo on it to help spread the word about the cause in general. If you know folks in Portland that would be interested, let's connect!