Recorded weekly at The Panel Wine Lounge in Sonoma, California, WINE WOMEN Radio features members of the nonprofit, professional organization that’s focused on providing the tools, guidance and creativity for its members to attain wine industry prominence.

The show’s hosts include Marcia Macomber, Wine Women co-founder and marketing specialist; Lisa Adams Walter, publicist in wine, food and the arts; Misty Roudebush Cain, director of DTC and marketing, St. Supery Estate Vineyards & Winery, and other guest hosts. Honing in on current wine industry activities.


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2310, 2020

Wine Women – Sylvie Tannhauser, CS CHT WSET III

Sylvie Tannhauser’s enthusiasm for champagne is infectious (a very good thing)! With a Champagne Master Designation from the French Wine Society (among many wine certifications), Sylvie introduced us to her first “adult” champagne she ever tasted, the Pommery Royal Brut NV. We thought it most fitting that she chose to feature a champagne house headed by a woman in the 1800s (Louise Pommery), a rarity in that era. And also that it was Madame Pommery who created the first brut champagne to meet with commercial success in 1874, thereby breaking with the tradition of very sweet wine. Women have always been great innovators!

While we were enjoying the delightfully creamy Pommery, Sylvie regaled us with tales of her travels from the Caribbean to Paris and beyond, finally landing in Napa Valley. She is a bilingual wine and hospitality professional hailing from the French Caribbean with more than ten years’ experience creating memorable wine experiences around the world. She began her career at the French Tourist Office which led her to an adventurous career path organizing high-end wine tastings, designing wine tours and providing sommelier services to wine enthusiasts and collectors in Europe, the Caribbean and the United States.

Sylvie held several positions in the luxury, hospitality and wine industries before relocating to Napa Valley, CA where she had the opportunity to work for prestigious wineries such as Dalla Valle Vineyards, Charles Krug Winery, Vintners Collective, John Anthony, Peju Province Winery and Domaine […]

1710, 2020

Wine Women – Kirk Venge, Venge Vineyards

Kirk Venge has lived in Napa’s wine country his entire life. He’s seen his share of wildfires threaten valley wineries, businesses and homes. But when the Glass Fire broke out the last weekend of September, it was far too close. Tune in to hear Kirk tell of racing from his home to Venge Vineyards with embers flying all around him. He considers himself very lucky to have the fire bypass his winery in Calistoga. Some of his neighbors were not as lucky. He himself spent a fair amount of time putting out spot fires at his winery.

We were lucky enough to get an hour with Kirk to talk about his life in wine and taste through a few of his current releases. Born and raised in Rutherford, Napa Valley, surrounded by fabled vineyards and wineries, Kirk Venge was instilled with his father’s vision of excellence. He learned the rhythm of winemaking as a young man, helping in the family vineyard throughout the growing season, experiencing the labor of harvest and the love of crush, and working alongside his father, Nils Venge, in the winery. Some of his earliest memories are of riding on the tractor with his father cultivating the Oakville Estate vineyard and dragging hoses across the cellar floor.

Kirk earned his degree in Viticulture and Enology at the prestigious University of California, Davis, graduating in 1998. He worked diligently during summer internships as the experimental winemaker for Mumm, […]