February 2019 -

We’re so excited to present Sommelier Rania Zayyat, Founder of the Wonder Women of Wine Conference coming to Austin in March 2019!

Rania has hand-selected our February selections featuring female winemakers from all over the globe!

Here’s the line-up-


Marques des Caceres Bio, Rioja, Spain -

(From the winery website) In 1970, Enrique Forner founded Marqués de Cáceres, Unión Vitivinícola, S.A., a historic Alliance between a region (Cenicero, La Rioja Alta), an enterprising family that has been devoted to the wine trade for five generations, the best vine growers and vineyards in La Rioja and a Bordeaux concept which revolutionized the production and business model with a single objective: the quality to obtain the best wines, an obsession that today continues to be the motive of Cristina Forner, the fourth generation of this wine family. Find all the wine details here.

Tami Frappato, Sicily -  

(From the winery website) Arianna Occhipinti has built a stellar reputation and following around the world with her eponymously named winery; her Occhipinti wines are a celebration of the Vittoria region's terroir and indigneous varietals, farmed and vinified as naturally as possible, but they are not always easily accessible. Together with a few friends, Arianna got the bug to create something local and organic but more within reach for every-day. The first form of Tami' was and remains a quirky, artsy shop in Siracusa, where artisanally made goods, including wines, are featured; one of the founding friends had a nearby vineyard with which to further the mission of providing inexpensive, delicious, naturally made wines. Arianna had the vineyard converted to organic farming, and the Tami' wine label emerged in the 2009 vintage. Though the wines are not made in her Occhipinti cellar, she does oversee the winemaking, which is carried out with only indigenous yeasts, short macerations and aging only in stainless steel. They are approachable in every way, being more readily available, modestly priced and earlier-drinking, delicious versions of three classic Sicilian varieties: Grillo, Frappato and Nero d'Avola. The name " Tami' " is indicative of the communal nature of the project: it's a contraction of "tra amici", meaning "among friends".

100% Frappato. From organically farmed, hand-harvested vines on a flat, sandy site in the contrada of Bastonaca in the DOC of Vittoria. The grapes are destemmed and fermented with indigenous yeasts in large concrete and steel tanks. The wine is aged for approximately 6 months in tank and racked once before bottling. It is classified as IGT Terre Siciliane. *Note: production of Frappato was down about 50% in the 2017 vintage.

Crios de Susana Balbo Rosé of Malbec, Uco Valley, Medoza, Argentina -

(From the winery website) Crios is the cutting edge brand by Susana Balbo, Argentina’s leading and most innovative winemaker from Argentina. Crios wines express Susana's love and dedication to her children, José and Ana. Today, Susana's Crios have grown and matured, just like her children who now work with her at the family winery.

  • Crios’ inspiring “Vintage Modern” design combines the sensibility of Susana’s 30+ years of experience with her never-ending innovation.

  • Crios was born in Argentina, a large country with a wide range of climates, soils and altitudes.

  • Crios wines are harvested from specific areas in Mendoza and Salta where grapes are optimal for the fruit-forward style of Crios.

  • Crios connects with young, adventurous wine drinkers looking for unique varietals and regions, as well as with those seeking reliable, quality wines that fit their budget.

Find all the details & food pairings here.

Elio Altare Dolcetto, Piedmont, Italy -

(From the winery website) Through all these years the winery has maintained the original family run structure: since early 2000 Silvia, the eldest daughter is fully involved in the business, while Elena, the youngest daughter, moved to Germany where she is running now a small wine importing company.
Elio, his wife Lucia, Silvia and the entire staff follow every single aspect of the work: in the vineyards from pruning to harvest, in the cellar from winemaking to sales, logistic, office work and marketing.

Elio, energetic and bubbly as 40 years ago, supervises on all the activities, but lately he has been focusing on some new challenging projects like: winemaking in Liguria - Cinqueterre, restoring an old abandoned village in Castelmagno (in the mountains between Piemonte and France), cheese making in Castelmagno, growing medicinal herbs, managing a vineyard in the higher Langa hills planted with an old obscure indigenous variety called “Liseiret” in order to make some sparkling wine, growing organic vegetable and fruits…

…this family will never run out of ideas and work! Find all the details & food pairings here.

Sybille Kuntz Trocken Riesling, Mosel, Germany -

The Sybille Kuntz Estate is one of the very few wineries in Europe to have a woman Chairman and chief winemaker. Sybille has spearheaded herself to the top of Riesling production in the traditional male-dominated German wine industry. In 2016, Weingut Sybille Kuntz was Demeter certified biodynamic.

Find out all the details here.

Bobinet Hanami Cabernet Franc, Saumur, Loire Valley, France -

(From the winery website) Before making wine, Emeline was a professional dancer. After an injury she was forced to find a new career path and chose the world of wine. She trained as a sommelière in the famous University of Suze-la-Rousse, finishing first in her group. With her diploma in hand, she came back to Paris to work in the wine shop La Quincave.

It is here she discovered natural wine and the people who make it. After two years in the shop recommending these wines, she decided to go and meet the growers and their terroirs for a year-long wine trip around France. From pruning to bottling, she turned her hand to every job involved in the vineyard and the cellar.

After this life-changing experience, she decided to make a career in the wine trade, planning to open a wine shop/bar in Paris. But meeting Sebastien changed the course of her life and, once again, she changed career and became a wine maker with him.

About the wine:

Supple and delicious, Hanami was born in 2012 from the desire to make an aromatic early wine. From a blend of different plots of Cabernet Franc, the wine is fruity with an elegant and smooth texture and lively aromas.

The vinification is always a mix of pellicular and carbonic macération, so that we can keep the freshness and fluidity. A wine to drink as an aperitif, for snacking, barbecues, platters of meats or rustic meals. Direct and tasty, a proper wine for gatherings!