First National Women's Wine Competition March 13-15 2007

With Margrit Biever Mondavi of Robert Mondavi Winery and Ambassador Kathryn Hall of Hall Wines as honorary co-chairs, an all-star cast of all-women judging panels including leading women winemakers, wine educators, journalists, and restauranteurs will judge wines from any licensed, bonded U.S. winery at the first ever National Women's Wine Competition to be held in Santa Rosa, CA March 13-15, 2007. Call 707-568-3900 for full details or visit

Santa Rosa, CA, November 03, 2006 --( The inaugural National Women’s Wine Competition (NWWC), a first of its kind event, will be held March 13-15, 2007 in Santa Rosa, California. As the first national wine competition judged solely by women, the event is designed to provide a unique perspective on the Wine Women Want™. Proceeds from the competition, which is being produced by Five Star Events, will be donated to Women for WineSense, a national non-profit organization focused on wine education. Any licensed, bonded winery may enter their wines in the general competition. 

The wine competition features honorary co-chairs Margrit Biever Mondavi, the “first lady of Napa Valley,” and Kathryn Hall, a former U.S. Ambassador to Austria and co-founder of HALL Winery located in the Napa Valley. 

“I’m personally excited to be involved in this unique competition that will help to shine light on wines that are especially appreciated by women,” stated Mrs. Mondavi. “The power of women wine consumers continues to grow from year to year and many of these women are looking for new wines to add to their shopping lists. With the broad spectrum of wines that we’re hoping to attract to the competition, we expect to uncover some new gems.” 

“The Women Winemaker’s Challenge will enable us to place the spotlight on some of the rising stars within the wine industry,” added Mrs. Hall. “Women winemakers is another fast growing group and we hope that this competition can provide an opportunity to recognize their fine work on an annual basis.”

Public Tasting Hosted by Women for WineSense
As follow-on to the competition, Women for WineSense will host a public tasting, featuring medal winning wines. The tasting event will also include panel discussions on a range of wine-related topics, with a focus on issues of importance to women consumers, as well as women in the wine industry. Women for WineSense will announce the date and location of the tasting event in the near future.

“As a premier organization focused on wine education, we are always looking for new ways to arm our members with useful information on the wine options that are available to them,” stated Gabrielle Leonhard, national president of Women for WineSense. “There has been a lot of discussion lately on the differences of the male and female palette. We are very excited to see the results of the competition and plan to provide an educational forum at our tasting event that will help to break down if and why there are differences in the wines that men and women appreciate.” 

Competition Overview
Gold, Silver and Bronze medals will be presented in the following categories: sparkling wines; white wines; red wines; pink, blush and Rose wines; and dessert and fruit wines. Sweepstakes winners will also be announced in the red and white wine categories. The Women Winemaker’s Challenge allows women winemakers working in bonded, licensed U.S. wineries to compete against each other in the five categories. 

Judges will be taken from the ranks of leading women Masters of Wine, sommeliers, winemakers, educators, broadcasters and journalists who focus on wine. There will also be a “consumer” judge on each panel – a woman chosen to judge because of her involvement in the wine industry on a non-professional basis. 

Entry fees are set at $55 per wine. An entry consists of the $55 fee plus four non-returnable bottles of wine. Entry forms are available now by emailing or by visiting 

About Women for WineSense
Women for WineSense is a non-profit organization committed to ensuring that all women and men, worldwide, have unbiased information about the cultural heritage, social and health effects of moderate wine consumption as part of a healthy lifestyle. The organization is committed to offering outstanding educational programs and mentoring and networking opportunities to wine enthusiasts and industry professionals. For more information, please visit 

About Five Star Events
Five Star Events is a women-owned production company that was founded by former and current national board members of Women for WineSense as well as other women wine industry professionals. The organization was founded for the express purpose of launching the National Women's Wine Competition and other events that highlight women’s contributions to the wine industry and provide consumers with relevant information to enhance their enjoyment of the incredibly diverse world of wine. The group is based in Santa Rosa, CA and can be reached at 707-568-3900.


Wine Women Want is a trademark of Women for WineSense.

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