Divas Conference

“Wine, Women and…Grape Expectations” kicked off on Friday evening at the Westin Hotel with an opening reception and silent auction.

Divas and Divos were escorted into the Westin Grand Ballroom for our Vintner Dinner, an elegant night in black and white! Serpentine tables accented by black and white tabletop, set the mood for a festive evening.  Dinner speaker Alpana Singh, the youngest woman to have earned the title of Master Sommelier walked us through a multi-course meal featuring exquisite reserve wines from Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines.

Saturdays are for women only! We began the morning with a Make Your Own Mimosa reception featuring Martini & Rossi Prosecco. Doug Cohn from Riedel: the Glass Company, led informal talks on the history of Riedel glassware and explained why the glass does matter when tasting wine.

Our annual “Women in the Wine Industry” luncheon transported us to California wine country! Hot air balloons floated above the tables while we ‘sipped and swirled’.  The Boston Globe’s Bella English moderated a talk with luncheon panelists Deborah Brenner, author of ‘Women of The Vine’, Ann Matasar, author of ‘Women and Wine’ and Lauren Bias, COO of Virginia’s Sugarleaf Vineyards. Wines served at lunch included two selections from Wente’s Tamas Vineyards, Sugarleaf Vineyards Cabernet Franc and of course our own Divas Uncorked Chardonnay!

After lunch, we headed off to an afternoon of classes on a number of topics including: Wines of Argentina/Chile, Wines of South Africa, Wines of New Zealand. Sessions sampling U.S. wines from Virginia, Washington State and Connecticut. Culinary classes from matching wine with food, and pairing with herbs and spices were offered as well as our annual favorite–Wine 101.

Our fabulous wine weekend ended with ‘Let’s Chill’, an opportunity for up close conversation with authors, book signings and a chance to revisit white wines from the day’s offerings including a New Haven Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand.

Thanks to all of you for joining us again this year!