As two women in this male-dominated business, Kristin and I began thinking about how our perspectives differ from many other wine merchant/enthusiasts in this industry, how different our focus is, and what we bring to the table and how. As we began ruminating about the winemaking process, our minds began to question if a female hand in winemaking could be discerned as noticeable, how it could be interpreted, and perhaps even preferred by some.
In searching out new and exciting portfolios, we came across one wine portfolio in particular which is new to Vermont that we have embraced! Bourgeois Family Selections, a predominately French import house headed by Jean-Philippe Bourgeois (and our new friend, and JP’s ex-wife) Stephanie Bourgeois who are not only still business partners, but the best of friends. Jean-Philippe has impeccable credentials as the former General Manager of Eric Solomon’s European Cellars (another portfolio we actively trumpet) for six years before striking out on his own with Stephanie. In fact, their offices are adjacent in North Carolina and we are looking forward to visiting both JP & Steph, as well as Eric next time we fly down to see my parents.
They specialize in sustainable, organic and/or biodynamic winemaking, and their portfolio includes a sizeable number of female winemakers at the helm (about 35%).
Well, the wines were stunningly pure examples of their French terroir, expertly-crafted, many which have NEVER been imported to this county until just now. From Burgundy, the Loire, Provence, the Rhone and Roussillon…once tasted, we (and our even husbands) were smitten.
These treasures are due to arrive this Friday, September 18, and we will launch the portfolio with some great special pricing! Look for an offering soon on these great wines.
Interestingly enough, the wines we selected to stock at our little Burlington wine shop, Church Street Wine Cellars, happened to be made by the female hand 75% of the time! Perhaps there is a difference? Come on in and see for yourself if you can discern the female hand! Visit us at 2 Church Street, Lower Level, at the top of the block in Burlington, Vermont (in the space formerly occupied by Tempo Furniture & North Country Books). We are open Thursdays & Fridays 4 – 7 pm, Saturdays noon to 5 pm, and always by appointment.