After over 20 years in the male-dominated field of high-end technology and owning a marketing and public relations firm, Deborah Brenner discovered during a fortuitous trip to Napa that many women in the wine industry – like her own – were under-recognized. Compelled to tell their stories, she authored a bestselling book, Women of the Vine: Inside the World of Women Who Make, Taste and Enjoy Wine, which Wine Spectator named a Critical Read of 2007. Ms. Brenner became inspired to enter the wine business herself, releasing wine from a first-of-its-kind collective of seven artisan women winemakers. Ultimately, however, all the money, blood, sweat and tears could not foster women in the wine industry the way Brenner had hoped, which led her to shut down the Women of the Vine wine brand. One year later, Brenner organized the inaugural Women of the Vine & Spirits Global Symposium which quickly sold out to 500 women from five countries. Due to the overwhelming response, Brenner and the Women of the Vine & Spirits Advisory Board went to work developing Women of the Vine & Spirits, a consortium that supports professionals in the alcohol beverage industry year-round.
Women of the Vine & Spirits