International Women’s Day (Winemaker) Margo Van Staaveren

2005 Chateau St Jean Cuvee 8555

March 8, 2011, is the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day. This is a day for women to come together, recognize achievements, and look toward the future. The overriding theme for 2011 International Women’s Day is “Equal access to education, training, and science and technology: Pathway to decent work for women.”

In celebration, lets take a look at an exceptional female winemaker  Margo Van Staaveren.  Margo was Wine Enthusiast’s 2008 Winemaker of the Year.  2012 marked Margo’s 33rd harvest at Chateau St. Jean.  She plays a pivotal role in every facet of the winemaking process. As winemaker, she makes the final decisions involving blend and style to produce consistently high quality wines in the super premium and luxury category.

The art of blending is the cornerstone of Margo’s winemaking philosophy. To her, one of the greatest accomplishments is to create a wine style or signature blend capturing the uniqueness of that particular growing year.Try her 2005 Chateau St Jean Cuvee 8555, Red Blend, Sonoma. Engaging blend of 40% Malbec, 19% Cabernet Franc, 18% Petit Verdot, 13% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 3% Syrah. It showcases  a deep ruby/purple hue, aromas of red and black fruits,  smoke, pepper, and spice, in a softer style. Expect juicy as this wine  explodes  with yummy raspberries, blueberries, blackberries and a café au lait flair. Impressive tannins, hints of toasty oak bring a long finish. A big, flavorful wine. $ 40.  Learn more about Margo in her own words through this short video.