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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1812, 2020

Wine Women – Rachel Van Til & Laura Pauli, Pt2

Would men have the same courage women have shown (coming forward and speaking about sexual harassment) if they believed their jobs and careers might be ended by going public?

That is one of the lingering questions the hosts and guests discuss in part 2 of our conversation with Rachel Van Til and Laura Pauli. For decades, women have “kept mum” about bad behavior on the part of male colleagues, boss and business owners. In Hollywood, it took the outing of Harvey Weinstein’s behavior to gain momentum for the #MeToo movement. Is the wine industry ready for the same?

Will women have to continue for umpteenth more years with hostile work environments, such as those that led to the New York Times’ explosive expose, “The Wine World’s Most Elite Circle Has a Sexual Harassment Problem,” by Julia Moskin, published on October 29th. In her detailed story, not one, not two, but 21 women reported to the Times being sexually harassed, manipulated or assaulted by male master sommeliers.

In this show, hear from Laura Pauli, Chef and Sommelier here in San Francisco with Cucina Testa Rosa, and Rachel Van Til, Wine Club Manager and Lead Sommelier at The Clubs at Houston Oaks in Houston, Texas, on their recommendations for a safe and productive work environment and what they’d like to see change in the industry. [EP60]

1112, 2020

Wine Women – Rachel van Til & Laura Pauli pt1

“Do they even know their behavior is wholly unacceptable, unprofessional, and often threatening?”

This topic became the underlying theme to our lengthy discussion with sommeliers Laura Pauli and Rachel Van Til on this week’s show, a two-parter that will conclude next week. It’s a reference to the hostile work environment (for women) that led to the New York Times’ explosive expose, “The Wine World’s Most Elite Circle Has a Sexual Harassment Problem,” by Julia Moskin, published on October 29th.

In her detailed story, not one, not two, but 21 women reported to the Times being sexually harassed, manipulated or assaulted by male master sommeliers. As the hosts read the story several weeks ago, we were struck by its similarity to the equally explosive allegations leveled at Hollywood’s Harvey Weinstein just two years earlier by some of Hollywood’s most high profile actresses.

In this episode, we depart from our usually fun and upbeat topics to tackle this serious, ongoing problem. Why do some men in the wine industry demand sexual favors from women in the industry in exchange for advancement in some form? Why have women put up with it for so long? Our guests, each of whom have dealt with inappropriate behavior from male colleagues (as have all the hosts), recount these experiences as well as offer insights on what measures could be taken to reduce the bad behavior and ensure more minorities, women and persons of color, have equal opportunities to […]