FLIGHT NIGHT: Celebrating Women Winemakers - Expired Event
Join us for our expression of Galentine’s day with luxurious wines that have been made by women and/or are from wineries owned by women. These beautiful expressions feature three distinctively different sparkling wines, followed by two silky and supple reds.
You will want to take a few minutes and read the stories of each of these women and their wines below.
NV Une Femme, "The Betty", Sparkling White, California - Retail $26
NV Jean Vesselle, "Oeil de Perdrix" Blanc de Noirs, Brut, Champagne, France – Retail $62
NV Laurent-Perrier, Cuvee Rose Brut, Champagne, France – Retail $85
2021 Blue Farm, Pinot Noir, King Ridge Vineyard, Fort Ross-Seaview, Sonoma County – Retail $95
2020 Patrizia Cencioni, Rosso di Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy - Retail $29
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NV Une Femme "The Betty" Sparkling, California
Jen Pelka, the founder of The Riddler, the all-women-funded Champagne bars in San Francisco and New York, served tens of thousands of bottles of Champagne to the most stylish women on both coasts. While there, she realized that every time we put a woman-made wine on the list, it would outsell all others. Therefore, she created a modern sparkling wine brand for "women like us": made by women winemakers, giving back to women-centered charities, digitally native, contemporary in style, and available everywhere we ate, drank, shopped, and traveled.
N.V. Jean Vesselle "Oeil de Perdrix" Blanc de Noirs, Champagne, France2
The "eye of the partridge" is Vesselle's very special Blanc de Noirs, a 100% Pinot Noir cuvée with a beautiful pink hue. Our regulars know we love finding tiny producers who hand craft small lots of wine. Nowhere in the shop is that more evident than in our Champagne selection, where we choose to focus on small growers who produce just a few precious drops of bubbly. This 'Farmer Fizz' represents outstanding value, but there is one risk: they make so little, that if you fall in love with them, you may not see them again for another year. This is the case with this beautiful wine made by the young Delphine Vesselle. Her father Jean passed away in 1996, and today she says her goal is to make wines that honor him and their more than three-hundred-year family winegrowing heritage.
N.V. Laurent-Perrier Cuvee Rose, Champagne, France
Laurent- Perrier is an all-woman owned Champagne house. Even the national sales manager, and one of our favorite women in the wine business Naomi Smith runs the show stateside. Laurent-Perrier first introduced a non-vintage rosé in 1968, at a time when no one else dared to do anything but a vintage dated rosé. This Cuvée Rosé is the Champagne for which the house is most known and admired. It is 100% Pinot Noir from 12 different crus, including Grand Cru vineyards in Ambonnay, Bouzy, Louvois and Tours-sur-Marne. The final blended wine is bottled and aged on the lees for a minimum of four years before disgorgement with a dosage of 9 grams per liter. It is a truly fine Rose Champagne with great finesse and excellent balancing acidity.
2021 Blue Farm "King Ridge" Pinot Noir, Fort Ross-Seaview, Sonoma, California
Calera & Bacigalupi clones. Spicy, layered and complex Pinot Noir from Anne Moller-Racke's Blue Farm label. Producer notes - "King Ridge vineyard is tucked away on the northwestern reach of the Sonoma Coast. The AVA is Fort Ross-Seaview. At 1100 ft elevation and 5 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean, King Ridge Vineyard is worth a journey. We are excited to be working with 2 acres of this spectacular vineyard. Tightly spaced vines on Goldridge soils, superbly farmed, create wines that have tension, richness, balance and edginess. Only 250 cases were made.
2020 Patrizia Cencioni Rosso di Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
While Patrizia’s family roots reach back decades in Montalcino, hers is not a typical tale of wine-stained generations, each planting vines and learning from the next. Patrizia wanted to make Brunello wines (but her extended family felt it wasn’t “women’s work”); thus, she bought a crumbling property on the northeast flanks of Montalcino in 1989 and set to doing things her way. With a woman’s touch her wines are soulful and sultry. Crushed raspberries mix with peppery herbs, tobacco all show up on the nose. It's soft, with a salty flourish that gives way to ripe strawberry and cherry fruits. Energy remains high through the saline-tinged finale, as a hint of sour citrus tugs at the cheeks. The 2020 is a pleasure to taste, impressing with its vibrancy and purity of fruit.