#femmeFriday 

Conversations about women in wine, with women in wine.  

 

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JULIA DIXON, 1.18.19

Julia Dixon has carved out a niche in the wine industry. She is the owner of ArtProWine, a luxury entertainment company focused on organizing upscale wine events, and with her newly founded company, Gravity Imports, Julia will be introducing the US to some phenomenal Georgian wines.

 
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EVELYN POOL, 1.11.19

Evelyn Pool is a wine industry vet, having been in the business for over four decades. She was one of the first women in wine sales in Texas, and today is the President of Crush Wine Marketing.

 
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JEANNE-MARIE DESCHAMPS, 1.4.19

Jeanne-Marie Deschamps is an anomaly. Born and raised in the France’s Loire Valley, she started her own brokerage in the 1980s, Domaine et Saveurs Collection, representing fine wine estates primarily from Burgundy. Her reputation reflects her stature, a strong, confident, and overarching presence in the wine world.

 
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CARA BERTONE, 12.28.18

Cara Bertone carries years of experience in hospitality and the wine industry. She is an Advanced Sommelier, a supplier for Folio Fine Wine Partners overseeing four states, and a mother of two. We are stoked to have her featured on #femmeFriday!

 
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DENISE CLARKE, 12.21.18

Denise Clarke is a force in the wine industry. A public relations consultant with over three decades experience, Denise works with a handful of high quality producers in Texas, is an avid cycler in her free time, and is a true wonder woman of wine .

 
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ADRIENNE BALLOU, 12.14.18

Adrienne Ballou is a rockstar in the Texas wine industry. She produced her first solo wine this year, a 100% Texas Mourvedre bottled under the label Lightsome Wine. A graduate of UC Davis, Adrienne has worked in cellars in France, Washington, and Australia, and is now assistant winemaker for Calais winery.

 
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CARENN MACKINNON, 12.7.18

Carenn Mackinnon boasts a well-rounded background in wine, holding previous positions in distribution, supplier, imports, retail, and now restaurants. Today, she is the assistant general manager and wine buyer for the newly opened Carpenter Hall in Austin.

 
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AME BREWSTER, 11.30.18

Ame Brewster is a treasure in our industry. She first cut her teeth in wine 20 years ago while working in NYC restaurants and today is creating positive change in the Texas wine industry as the Director of Operations for Fall Creek Vineyards. Yeah Ame!

 

MIKA JORDAN, 11.23.18

Mika Jordan is an inspiration in our industry. She has been in hospitality for over 10 years, and today she is the Wine & Spirits Buyer for Whole Foods Southwest Region.

 
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JESSICA DUPUY, 11.16.18

Jessica Dupuy started writing about the Texas wine industry over 10 years ago. Today her articles cover the greater world of wine, and she is a regular contributor to Texas Monthly, Texsom, and the Guild of Sommeliers.


 
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BETHANY JELKS, 11.9.18

This is Bethany Jelks! She is our wonder woman of wine and we are excited to feature her on this #femmeFriday ! Bethany has worked in hospitality since she was 15, has been in distribution for the past seven years, and today she's the Vanguard Sales Representative for RNDC in Austin.

 
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SONCY CHIN, 11.2.18

Soncy has been in hospitality since she was 15, and has been working in wine for the past 15 years! Today, she is the On Premise Sales Manager for Favorite Brands Distribution. Soncy's leadership in our industry, along with having a family, and showing that you can be successful at both, makes her a true wonder woman!

 
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ALI SCHMIDT, 10.26.18

Ali Schmidt has spent ten years in the industry fine tuning her wine knowledge at some of Austin's top restaurants including Uchiko and Jeffrey's, and is now the General Manager and wine buyer of Austin's beloved Emmer & Rye. Go Ali!

 
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LESLIE HIGGS, 10.19.18

Meet Leslie Higgs! She has played an influential role in the Austin wine scene for 13 years. Leslie's background includes work in some of the city's most treasured restaurants and in distribution. She is currently the Director of Operations for Aviary Wine & Kitchen, and is a true wonder woman of wine to us.

 
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VILMA MAZAITE DE FLORES, 10.12.18

Vilma Mazaite de Flores holds 20 years experience in the wine industry with a strong background in wine centric restaurants around the country. She is an Advanced Sommelier through the CMS and is now expanding her expertise to the supplier side as the Regional Manager for Domaine Select Wine & Spirits.
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CRISTIN MOXY CASTRO, 10.5.18

Cristin Moxy Castro holds a wealth of knowledge, having spent 20 years serving in the wine industry. Today she is the Regional Sales Director for D&E Central Texas and serves on the board of the Wine and Food Foundation of Texas. Her leadership, passion, and genuine hospitality make her a positive force in our community.

 
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MEGHAN CAIAZZO, 9.28.18

Meghan Caiazzo is an owner and founder of Victory Wine Group, a highly regarded and successful distribution company operating in four states including Texas, and a mother of two, making her a rarity in our industry with a ton of insight!

 
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LINDSAY DREW, 9.21.18

Meet Lindsay Drew, current sommelier and assistant manager of Guild Restaurant in Austin. Lindsay placed second in this year's annual TexSom Conference in Dallas, TX, an achievement that has been obtained by some of the most respected sommeliers in the industry. Go Lindsay!

 
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DANIELA DASUTA, 09.14.18

Daniela is owner of Sekt Wine Consulting in Austin, TX. She is a wine educator and has recently taken a role as the Wine Studies instructor with the Culinary Institute of America. She is finishing up her WSET Diploma and will soon be preparing for the rigorous MW Certification!

 
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KELLI FRIZZELL, 09.07.18

Kelli Frizzell is the Senior Director of Sales for Serendipity Wines in Texas. Kelli has traveled the world, is in love with people and culture, and is making an impact on female leadership and equality in the wine industry.

 
 
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PAULA RESTER SALINAS, 8.31.18

Paula Rester Salinas is a wine and hospitality vet in Austin, TX, having spent 28 years in the industry. She is currently the Wine Director for La Corsha Hospitality Group, including such Austin staples as Second Bar & Kitchen and Mattie’s.

 
 
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MANDI NELSON, 8.24.18

Mandi has spent over 20 years in the wine industry, sharpening her skills on both the distribution and restaurant side of the biz, is a Certified Sommelier, a Certified Sake Professional, a founding member of the ATX Somm Society, and is currently the Sales Manager of European Cellars.

 
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RAE WILSON, 8.17.18

Rae is founder of Wine for the People, owner and winemaker of Dandy Texas Rosé, and co-founder of The Grower Project, an initiative to bring more awareness to high quality, single vineyard sites in Texas and wines comprised of 100% Texas fruit.

 
 
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JOELLE COUSINS, 8.10.18

Joelle Cousins is a key account manager for RNDC, and an integral part of the local sommelier community in Austin. Joelle has spent countless hours volunteering her time to help coach sommeliers with blind tastings, theory, and service. She is also building the ATX Somm Society.

 
 
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ERIKA WIDMANN, 8.3.18

Erika is currently crushing it as the buyer for the original Whole Foods in downtown Austin. She selects refreshing, unique, and sustainably produced wines to mirror the health food store's overall concept. Look for her "treasure hunt" section in the wine department.

 
 
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ABIGAIL PERRY, 7.27.18

Meet Abigail Perry, an advocate for sustainably and minimally produced wines who spends her evenings charming patrons at east Austin's hip wine and pizza spot, Bufalina.