- Promote women in wine to other women
- Empower women to feel confident in ordering wine
- Live every day to its fullest and laugh a lot
10 Things About Me:
1. You can invite 10 people to dinner to discuss a topic important to you, who do you invite, what do you talk about and what wine do you serve? Ever since I was a little girl, I have been fascinated with the oceans and more than anything I wanted to invite Phillipe Cousteau to dinner to meet and talk with him. Sadly Phillipe and his son, Michel, are gone from this earth, but whoever from the family continues the work of the Cousteau Society I would love to entertain to talk about climate change and global warming. And to spice things up, include friends and others with challenging views to keep conversation lively! I would serve a simple dinner like salmon (of course!) in papillote accompanied by a lovely pinot noir.
2. Best advice you received in your career you wish every woman knew? Relationships and follow through are key to success. Keep moving forward or you will fall back.
3. One thing you would really like to know about wine but were afraid to admit you didn’t know? There is so much I don’t know about wine and I don’t think any of us should ever be afraid to ask anything about it!
4. What is the one secret weapon you have in the kitchen? Finishing oils (lemon and white truffle are faves) and salts..they can make an average dish spectacular!
5. What woman inspires you ... What would you most like to say to her? What would you most like to ask her? There are so many women who inspire me, it’s almost impossible to think of one. I would love to meet Meryl Streep. I think she is the most talented actress of our time and has done a magnificent job working and raising her family and keeping her privacy. How has she balanced all of that out? which of her roles did she enjoy the most? She also is one of the founders of the National Women’s History Museum which is only virtual now but a cause I would like AWP to support. How marvelous would it be for our women winemakers and producers to support their opening gala and to pour their wines for all to enjoy?
6. One chef, one restaurant, one meal.... name your favorites? This is really impossible so let's break it apart. I admire anything Thomas Keller has done and believe he is truly a game changer in the culinary world. I love going to Restaurant Gary Danko in San Francisco. It is such an elegant cozy place, the food is fantastic, and the service is phenomenal, yet I always feel at home there. Lastly, one night many years ago a dear friend and I were having dinner at La Folie in San Francisco and were unexpectedly joined by chef Michel Richard (Citrus) and chef Michel Blanchet( l’Ermitage). The company was so exceptional (and hilarious) that it slightly overshadowed the meal chef Roland Passot made for us, but I remember it was incredible! What an experience....
7. What makes a wine special to you? Many things make a wine special, but especially who you enjoy it with, and sometimes memories its aroma and flavors evoke.
8. Which talent would you most like to have? To be able to sing really well.
9. What is your favorite wine and where did you drink it? I really don’t have a favorite wine; there are too many wonderful ones that I love and more to discover.
10. When do you open a fine wine? As often as I can and for no reason at all or any reason imaginable. We only live once so live the best that you can. Enjoy life to the fullest.