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.
Amy Troutmiller, founder and CEO of Common Fuel Consulting, is a career beverage professional with experience spanning 25 years and multiple facets of the wine industry. She began her career in hotels and restaurants, working up to operations management and senior director roles with chef Eric Ripert, Kimpton Hotels and The Ritz Carlton. She then transitioned to import and distribution, founding a mid-Atlantic regional wholesale company and acting as sole-executive for a National importer and distributor.
Nowadays she works full time in her consultancy, specializes in business development for the wine trade; helping wineries, distributors and brands with everything from early-phase guidance to market expansion and revenue growth.
What made this show particularly intriguing to the hosts was that Amy resides in Washington, D.C., with her husband, young son, a small fluffy dog and her wine collection. And we rarely get to have someone from the East Coast wine industry on the show. We talked with Amy about the differences between the East Coast and West Coast wine scenes.
What are the attitudes towards supporting local wine businesses on each coast? How does the availability of various wines differ on each coast? How do state-by-state regulation affect what she can offer her own clients across the country? She also had a lot of insights about vintage sensitivity and how it is shifting, due in part to the pandemic and tariffs having an impact on availability, supply and demand.
Early in her career, Amy was a […]
Cyndee Nelson had a lengthy career in radio production, which made us feel so lucky when she consented to be our wine news reporter on WWRH when we first began as a local radio show. She put together the most polished wine news reports, all the while serving as Gracianna Winery’s Wine Club & Hospitality Manager at their “Miracle Mile” Westside Road location in Healdsburg on the Russian River.
Eventually, the challenge of reporting wine news on live radio while simultaneously serving guests at Gracianna’s tasting room became a bit too much of a stretch, even for someone as talented as Cyndee.
While we sorely miss her weekly contribution to the show, we’ve had it in the back of our minds to visit Gracianna ever since this show began. At long last, we found an opportunity, as the pandemic began to recede in Northern California.
Gracianna Winery has been producing award-winning Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Chardonnay and other varieties since 2009. Being an expert storyteller, Cyndee filled us in during show about the winery’s fascinating family history, beginning with the Amador Family’s maternal grandmother, Gracianna Lasaga, for whom the winery is named, as the story began decades earlier.
Born on the French side of the Basque Pyrenees, Gracianna emigrated to the United States as a young woman after World War II. The hardworking and beautiful Gracianna and her beloved husband John raised thousands of sheep in Santa Barbara County then settling in Santa Maria, […]