Join us on this week’s Audio Podcast, International Women’s Day 2018.
We have a fantastic show for you today all in celebration of International Women’s Day 2018 coming up on March 8th. International Women’s Day was officially launched in 1911. Therefore, as a result, 100 years later IWD is celebrated around the world hence 1000’s of events take place honouring women everywhere for their various achievements.
We are proud to celebrate the accomplishments of three extraordinary women, two of which are in one of the most exciting and delicious businesses in the world. Yes, it’s true, we may be a little bias due to this world of wine being ours. And one other in the traditionally male dominated world of politics. You will want to meet THIS Mayor, she is a definite force!
Our 1st guest… Margo Van Staaveren Winemaker and General Manager of Chateau St. Jean.
Chateau St. Jean is located in Sonoma Valley. This year will be Margo’s 38th harvest at Chateau St Jean. Margo was named Winemaker of the year by Wine Enthusiast Magazine in 2008 and we’re looking forward to learning more about Chateau St. Jean, Margo’s wines and Margo’s story on getting in the biz as a woman. How was her journey to achieving such success, including challenges perhaps and some great advice for upcoming female winemakers.
Please listen to Margo Van Staaveren at 4:42 minutes into the show.
Breaking through the proverbial glass ceiling!
There has definitely seen a shift in the wine business over the last 10-15 years with a greater presence of women. We attend may events from the weekly wine tastings, the winemakers we meets and to the Export Directors and the various media we would say at least half are women, if not more. And just a side note women been proven to be superior tasters? Or is the jury still out on that?
In our second segment of the show, we shift our gears to women in politics!
This Mayor is one of the most charismatic, loved and respected Mayors of today in our fair province of Ontario The Mayor of the 6th largest city in all of Canada, the Mayor of Mississauga, Bonnie Crombie. Mayor Crombie was elected in 2014 and will share with us a little about her experience as a female politician, her ascent and what she stands for. Great story ahead from Mayor Crombie.
Please listen to Mayor Bonnie Crombie at 17:28 minutes into the show.
To close off the show its back to vino with Marilisa Allegrini, owner of Italy’s 2016 Winery of the Year.
Marilisa is a global ambassador for the iconic wine region of Veneto. A voice for the women today in this business traditionally dominated by men, the “voice of Amarone”. Marilisa will join us and share her story of this historic winery going back six generations. We will explore her philosophy, her challenges and her greatest accomplishments.
Please listen to Marilisa Allegrini at 26:56 minutes into the show.
Three amazing women, three perfect candidates to celebrate and honour International Women’s Day!
For tickets to The Dinner Party, International Women’s Day 2018.
We enjoyed the Chateau St.Jean Sonoma County Pinot Noir 2009 with our mixed grilled and mushroom risotto. It’s lush flavours of cherry and plum with the hint of leather and notes of toasty oak and long lingering finish was a great match for our Chef’s Table a la Georgia’s backyard.
Grapes are sourced from the Russian River Valley and the Carneros district, two cooler wine growing areas ideal for Pinot Noir. At Chateau St. Jean the grapes, thin skinned and finicky, as Pinot Noir is known to be, are treated with kid gloves, handcrafted gently, cold soaked before fermentation for optimal colour and flavour, while during fermentation the skins are pushed back down manually into the fermenting juice.
On a Pinot Noir kick these days, Chateau St. Jean Sonoma County Pinot Noir 2009 is a homerun!
Margo Van Staaveren, is the winemaker at Chateau St. Jean, and the harvest of 2011 marked her 32nd harvest. She started out as a lab technician, then moved on to assistant winemaker, working with her husband as the head winemaker. After moving through the ranks, in 2003 Margo became the head winemaker. “Each vintage is a challenge, each wine is a challenge, I thoroughly love it!” This 2009 Pinot Noir is widely available in Canada including BC, AB, QC, NS and in Ontario for $29.95
Chateau St. Jean, one of the beautiful wineries in this glorious wine growing region.