It may seem like the last thing the world needs is another holiday wine roundup. I get it. But when you realize how many of those lists exclude women, as well as limited-production wineries, you are left wanting more.
This fall, my startup endeavor Woman–Owned Wineries launched a wine club highlighting some of my very favorite female wine entrepreneurs. Our current feature spotlights winemaker and social entrepreneur Ashley Trout. Ashley’s most recent endeavor Vital Winery is based 100% on donations–-from the fruit to the bottles to the labels. All profits support a health clinic primarily serving winery workers. In light of my … Continue reading On Showing Up & Serving Others: An Interview with Ashley Trout
When I was in high school, I was involved in theater. I wasn't the star of the show--I wasn't in the spotlight at all. Instead, I worked as stage manager, making sure everything was in place so my wildly talented friends would shine. This earned me the ironic nickname "Famous Amos" (um, yeah, like the … Continue reading Startup: The Backstage Pass
Anyone who knows me, knows that lately, I've been scheming and dreaming more than usual. I've been mapping out business plans, researching licenses, and market testing. I've been asking folks with similar business plans how they succeeded (and how they failed). I've been gathering an army of collaborators to help me achieve my mission.
Over time, I've become familiar with certain steps in the winemaking process by working with my employer--sampling grapes, doing punchdowns, or cleaning tanks. Yet I had never experienced it in such detail until last week, when I harvested my own fruit and began my own winemaking project. In my mind, I'm on a journey. I've landed in a thick jungle and I've gotta make my … Continue reading 10 Reasons Why Making Your First Wine is Like Traveling to an Unfamiliar Country