Women’s History Month: Cheers to Jenny Wagner, Emmolo Winemaker


I haunt wine sales, bin ends, mark downs, price changes — I’m not proud. I like a good deal.

So when I found Emmolo Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc on clearance at my local grocery store for around $10 instead of $30, I picked up a bottle, and gave it a swirl.

I liked it so much I went back and bought more. And then I went back and bought the rest of it.

And then when I broke my wrist at Thanksgiving and couldn’t open a bottle of wine with a corkscrew to save my life, I was really really grateful to have this reliable, delicious, flexible wine at my fingertips. Continue reading

Central Coast Women Who Wine: At Santa Barbara’s Nat Hist Museum


Throughout the year, the Santa Barbara Natural History Museum offers adult programs  to encourage understanding and appreciation of the many facets of our natural world. Lectures and films, classes, field trips, panel discussions, and workshops provide opportunities to experience new ideas, develop new skills, meet active adults with similar interests, and learn from experts. And three events coming up are all related to wine!

On Sunday March 20,  100 guests will celebrate spring and learn about women in wine at the A Symposium Hosted by the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History from 1:00–5:00 PM in the Fleischmann Auditorium from six significant women winemakers whose stellar wines play a significant role in the Central Coast: Continue reading

Women Who Wine: Millesime’s Brittany Rice-Claypool



In honor of Women’s History Month, this March Que Syrah Sue and I visited THE local Ventura County winemaker who is also a WOMAN: Brittany Jean Rice -Claypool of Millesime Cellars located at 425 Constitution Ave, Ste H Camarillo, California (805) 896-4049.

Palate over chemistry, says Brittany

Brittany comes from quite a wine making heritage: her great grandfather picked grapes at Inglenook, and her family started Sunstone in Santa Barbara. When she was 12, they planted their first merlot grapes at Sunstone; by the time she was 21, she was making their wine.

Now at 38, Brittany has her own winery where she is producing 1000 or so cases of  red, white, and dessert wines a year.


Millesime Cellars library wine photo by wine maker Brittany Rice-Claypool

But Brittany didn’t take the direct route to becoming a winemaker–she came to wine making via art, food, and travel which leads to her claim that she prefers palate over chemistry. Continue reading

Women Who Wine for Women’s History Month: Kimberly Smith, La Montagne


March is Women’s History Month in the United States, and yesterday, Tuesday March 8 was International Women’s Day,

front…so we thought March would be an appropriate time to take notice of not only some of the women wine makers we admire but also a few wine bloggers as well.

Starting with Kimberly Smith, wine maker at La Montagne, who says,
“May each sip bring your joy!”

We first tasted Kimberly’s wines as part of the February #WineStudio event “Santa Barbara Love,” hosted by Protocol Wine. Continue reading