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April Recap: Women of the Vine Global Symposium and CABs of Distinction

April 27, 2016

It has been a busy month here at the Parker Sanpei office. We produced not one, but two successful events for our clients, back to back! While it was long hours and all hands on deck, we couldn’t be happier to execute memorable events that our clients can be proud of.





The first was the Women of the Vine Global Symposium held April 4-6 which brought 650 women in the alcohol beverage industry to the Meritage Resort & Spa in Napa, California for three days of fabulous evening events and inspirational seminars and panels. While only in its second year, the event sold out in less than three weeks. This year’s turnout proved that the women dedicated to growing and innovating the wine, beer and spirit industries are hungry for a platform to openly exchange ideas, share experiences and empower each other. Keynote speakers included high-powered professionals Stephanie Gallo, Vice President of Marketing, E. & J. Gallo Winery; Lynda Spillane, Public Speaking Coach & Speechwriter for Heads of State, Presidents, CEOs and Executives, The Persuasive Word Inc.; and Maggie Henriquez, President and CEO, House of Krug. It was an empowering, inspirational and tremendously impactful symposium and Parker Sanpei was proud to be a part of it.

The dates for next year will be March 13-15, held again at the Meritage Resort & Spa. If you’re a woman in the alcohol beverage industry looking to grow your career and make connections, look into joining the Women of the Vine Alliance, created by Founder & President, Deborah Brenner. Not only does the Alliance hold this annual Global Symposium, but also hosts regional networking events in cities near you and boasts a bevy of membership benefits. Check it out at

The following week, April 12-14, over 200 media and trade attended educational events and tastings during CABs of Distinction Media & Trade Events, hosted by our friends at the Paso Robles CAB Collective and held at the beautiful Allegretto Vineyard Resort. The events provided a glimpse of the true caliber of Cabernet Sauvignon and red Bordeaux varietals from the Paso Robles AVA. Highlights included En Primeur barrel tastings from the as-yet-unreleased 2015 vintage; a tasting of all current vintages; “The Other Cabernet” vintner panel session hosted by Bob Bath, MS, CHE, Instructor of Wine & Beverage Studies at The Culinary Institute of America; “Know Your Cab Clones” vintner panel session hosted by Matt Kettmann, contributing editor of Wine Enthusiast and senior editor of Santa Barbara Independent; and “Judgment of Paso” panel session.


In collaboration with The SOMM Journal, the 21 leading sommeliers and key wine buyers participated in a three-day, comprehensive, educationally-focused tour of the Paso Robles AVA that explored Cabernet and red Bordeaux varietals. The somms participated in hands-on, instructional experiences with area winemakers and vineyard managers including: component tastings; analysis of clonal selections; vineyard tours; winemaker dinners and an optional zip-line over vineyards, in addition to the tastings and panel sessions mentioned above.


Wish you could have tasted the lineup of amazing Cabs? Check out the list of members on the Paso Robles CAB Collective website and plan your wine tasting trip in Paso! 


Needless to say, I know a few spa appointments were booked by our team the weekend of the 15th.


But, we’re not getting too comfortable just yet. The annual International Chardonnay Symposium is next month, May 12-14! Tickets are still available for many of the events held in Avila, Edna Valley, and Pismo Beach!

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