In this episode of IntoWineTV, host Lisa Kolenda and wine experts Bartholomew Broadbent and Pamela Busch convene at San Francisco's CAV Wine Bar and Kitchen for a blind tasting and discussion of 24 different wines made by women.
Theme: Wines by Women. In this tasting IntoWine is featuring wines from producers where either the winemaker or the owner/founder is a woman.
Wine: 2005 Sexto Bodega Tres Suenos $13.
Region: Terra Alta Region, Catalonia, Spain; Terra Alta is the southern-most DO in Catalonia and has the lowest rainfall and the highest summer temperatures.
Varietal: 33% Garnacha, 30% Carinena, 20% Tempranillo, 6% Lledoner Pelut, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Syrah
Alcohol %: 13.5%
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Spotlight on: Laely Heron, Winemaker, Founder
Point to any spot on the globe and chances are that Winemaker Laely Heron has been there. At last count, she has resided in or visited 6 of the 7 continents and all 50 US States. In addition to English, Laely speaks fluent French and Danish and can order dinner, drinks and a cab in Swedish Norweigen, Spanish and Italian.
After university, Laely moved to San Francisco and became the first American employee of the Australian wine giant Lindeman’s. Two years later, Laely moved to Europe - Denmark specifically - where she started an import company, opened a restaurant, taught wine classes and began studies to become a Master of Wine.
Laely moved back to San Francisco and launched Heron Wines in 1995. At the time it was rare to see a woman owning a business in an industry traditionally populated by men. Her first release, a Merlot from St. Chinian in southern France, debuted in the U.S. in 1995. Her portfolio soon expanded to include California Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah as well as a six-grape blend from the Terra Alta region of Spain’s Catalonia. Heron has become a “cult wine” among master sommeliers and chefs, a favorite “by the glass” pour in the nation’s top restaurants and a consistent “Best Buy” in the wine press.
In 2004 Heron started another venture, Bodega 3 Suenos in Spain. The first release is Sexto a six grape varietal blend from Terra Alta, Catalonia. Like her foray into France making wine ten years prior, she has identified another exciting wine frontier and has plunged in ahead of the pack. Heron’s philosophy and wines are direct reflections of Laely’s spirit – pioneering, adventurous, daring, smart, adaptable, thrill seeking, irreverent, non-traditional and international.
Bartholomew Broadbent, CEO of Broadbent Selections. Bartholomew was named as one of the "fifty most influential people in the wine world" by Decanter Magazine. He is also widely considered to be one of the world's foremost authorities on Port and Madeira. Learn more about Bartholomew Broadbent.