It’s probably just a matter of time before we see the number of women vintners increase. It happened with chefs, so I’m fully confident that all it will take is time. Keep up to speed on all the latest at a new website, womenwinemakers.com. Created by two University of Santa Clara profs, it will feature a searchable database of 3,200 wineries in California. Less than 10 percent of those have a woman working as the primary winemaker.
Want to meet a lady who’s the real deal? Don’t miss a tasting from 5:30 to 8:30 Aug. 19 at the WineLab in Newport. Julie Johnson, right, of Tres Sabores—she was a founder at Frog’s Leap—will be pouring her latest releases. If you haven’t tried her sauv blanc or elegant zin, you should. She’s among my favorite female vintners in a long list that includes Merry Edwards and Carol Shelton.. Comment here and steer me to some of your favorite women in wine.—Anne Valdespino