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May 2 2021

Women Who Make Us Wine
Learn why Alison Doran, one of America's first female winemakers, believes: "If you want to dream in color, drink wine"

A Note from the Wine Guy Jim Morris and Hope Katz Gibbs, co-hosts, Women Who Make Us Wine Show — Hello and welcome to our bi-monthly podcast and video series that shines a light on the ladies who put the magic into our glasses.

We are thrilled to introduce you to today’s guest Alison Doran, a veteran of the wine industry and one of the first female winemakers in California.

Alison has decades of winemaking experience that started in 1973 when she began studying under “the dean of American winemakers,” André Tchelistcheff, who helped define the style of California‘s best wines, especially Cabernet Sauvignon.

“I was a harvest intern and cellar rat in Alsace and learned about all of the stages of the winemaking process under André,” shares Alison, who had been studying animal husbandry at the University of California, Davis before switching to fermentation science after working with her mentor.

In 1976, she landed a job as a lab technician at Firestone Vineyard and worked her way up to becoming a winemaker in 1981.

After marrying her husband Mark and having two sons, Alison moved to her family’s ranch in Alexander Valley in 2000. For the last two decades, she has consulted for many wineries in Sonoma and Napa Valley — including Romeo Vineyards and Cellars. And, she also started her own family label, Hoot Owl Creek Vineyards.

In today’s interview, you’ll learn:

  • About Alison’s wine journey
  • Her time spent training under one of the wine industry’s most popular winemakers, Andre Tchelistcheff.
  • The moment she knew: “I must be in the wine business.”
  • Her coolest memory as a winemaker
  • The challenges of getting into the wine business—and being successful in it
  • The best wine she has tasted
  • The one project that’s still on her bucket list
  • And, of course, her experience being a woman in a traditionally male-dominated business and advice she’d give to other women hoping to work in the wine industry.

Click here to check out all of our interviews on the Women Who Make Us Wine Radio Show and WomenWhoMakeUsWine.tv.

Your Hosts: Jim Morris, VP, Charles Krug Winery and Hope Katz Gibbs, publisher, Inkandescent Women magazine

About the show: From winemakers and sommeliers to winery owners and master chefs, tune in to meet the truly amazing women who have long made an impact in the wine industry. This show co-hosted by long-time winery exec Jim Morris not only educates and stimulates your taste buds — it offers insight into what’s behind every perfect sip.

Pour yourself a glass and tune in every Friday at 8 pm, California time, for another episode of the “Women Who Make Us Wine Radio Show.”

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Sunday, February 28th, 2021

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Sunday, February 14th, 2021

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Sunday, January 31st, 2021

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Tuesday, January 5th, 2021

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