Women’s History Month: Wine Country Roots
“The most difficult thing is the decision to act; the rest is merely tenacity.” – Amelia Earhart
Are you ready? March has rolled in and we’re prepared to honor Women’s History Month in true Wine Sisterhood-style. This month, we’re paying special attention to all of the fantastic women in our lives, past and present.
Wine Country Roots
Fun fact: Women’s History Month can trace its roots back to Sonoma County. The National Women’s History Project, now known as the National Women’s History Alliance, was founded in Sonoma County 40 years ago. At the time, the topic of women’s history was unknown in the public consciousness and in school curricula.
So, in 1978, the Education Task Force of the Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women initiated the first-ever “Women’s History Week” celebration. After its success, several prominent women’s groups began lobbying for a national celebration—and in 1980, President Carter issued a Presidential Proclamation declaring the first-ever “Women’s History Week” in early March of that year. In 1987, Congress declared March as National Women’s History Month! (Read the full story from the Sonoma County Library.)
March 8th is International Women’s Day, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Women have a long history in the wine business, first documented with the famous champagne widows. Today, women across the world and within the Wine Sisterhood family play vital roles in the industry. When it comes to winemaking, we’d like to say a special thank you to a couple of female winemakers who create the wines we share with you every day.
A California native, Nancy has had the luxury of working as a winemaker in California for years. Based in Mendocino County, Nancy has traveled throughout the region visiting growers from Temecula to Portland and from the Shenandoah Valley of the Sierra Nevada Mountains to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Through her travels, Nancy has developed an appreciation for the regional and local differences that each unique vineyard produces. Nancy creates all of your Wine Sisterhood family favorites, including Middle Sister Wines, Bar Dog Wines, Girl & Dragon Wines and more. Learn more about Nancy.
Amy is head winemaker for the Viansa Sonoma brand, a friend of the Wine Sisterhood. From her early days, her connection to wine was quite unique as she started to make wine with her parents, in their basement, in Iowa! This early, memorable alignment eventually led her to wine-making through the study of enology. Amy devoted herself to exploring winemaking abroad in New Zealand in 2009 before returning to California. Today, as head winemaker for Viansa Sonoma, Amy is committed to showcasing the very best that Sonoma has to offer.
Rock Your Vote
While March is a very special month, we’re going to continue the celebration all year long in honor of women’s right to vote. This year, 2020, is the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment giving U.S. women the right to vote.
In honor of all the women before us who fought for the voting rights we have today, we’re making sure everyone in the Wine Sisterhood family hears the message loud and clear: Rock the Vote. You can do your part by talking to friends and family about registering to vote, then ensuring they make it to the polls. Get started at RocktheVote.org.
Middle Sister wines is sharing the message to #toastthevote right on the Middle Sister Sweet & Sassy Moscato label. Find this special color change label on a shelf at a store near you. Or shop and save with penny shipping when you order a case to share with your friends.
These days, we like to think March rolls in like a lion and out like a lioness…