CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire’s annual celebration of wine is focusing on women in the industry this year.
Wine tastings, dinners and talks highlight the event from Jan. 22-28, including a “Cellar Notes: Women in Wine” seminar on Wednesday, Jan. 24, at the Puritan Backroom in Manchester.
Featured speakers will include Gina Gallo, third-generation winegrower with E. & J. Gallo Winery; Laura Catena, a fourth-generation Argentine vintner with Bodega Catena Zapata and her own Luca Winery; Cristina Mariani-May, CEO of Banfi Vintners in Tuscany; and Cynthia Lohr, co-owner of J. Lohr Vineyards in California.
Each will talk about her own journey and the critical role women have played in the wine industry, while sharing some of their wines.
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In Danbury, New Hampshire, winemaker Erin Wiswall has been offering wine to the public at since 2009. Her work as a biochemist for companies specializing in the development and production of yeasts blended with her study of winemaking.
“It was a kind of a serendipitous way to incorporate my ‘work’ work and my ‘home’ work into one particular field, but it’s a really nice combination,” she said.
Wiswall said the wine industry is becoming a more popular field for women in the state.
Another highlight of the week is the annual Easterseals Winter Wine Spectacular, during which guests can sample wine from more than 60 nationally and internationally known winemakers and eat from New Hampshire’s top restaurants. Proceeds benefit Easterseals New Hampshire.
New Hampshire had $293 million in wine sales last year.