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Connect with the WWS Community

Women for WineSense ~ Napa | Sonoma Chapter

Thursday, August 15, 2013 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM (PDT)

Connect with the WWS Community

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Registration Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
WWS Member Ended $25.00 $0.00
WWS Student Member   more info Ended $20.00 $0.00
Open to the public. Please bring a friend!
Ended $40.00 $0.00
Scholarship Fund Donation
Funds are awarded annually to students in wine business degree programs at UC Davis, Sonoma State, Napa Valley College and Santa Rosa JC.

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Join us for professional networking

while we enjoy 

the elegant, small production wines

of VGS Chateau Potelle

at their new Tasting House & Garden in St. Helena,

paired with bites from La Toque Restaurant

on Thursday, August 15th, 2013

from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

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 ~ Bring a stack of business cards to network! ~

~ Buy VGS Chateau Potelle wines at 30% OFF 


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The Wine Campaigner defines VGS as: 

"I have tasted all the wines of the world and VGS wines are at the pinnacle of their industry. Quite honestly, in my most un-humble (and subsequently Latin opinion) VGS can only mean one thing, Vitis Grandus Selectus!"

The wines of VGS Chateau Potelle are available exclusively to visiting guests and their club members, not in stores. We'll enjoy four, small production wines, including "The Illegitimate," a delicious blend of Cabernet, Merlot, Zinfandel and Syrah.

Wine and food pairing tastings at VGS Chateau Potelle are $45 per person. WWS members enjoy this unique experience for only $25 this evening and non-members for $40.

Jean-Noel Fourmeaux, a 3rd generation winemaker from Bordeaux, came to California to find out what the New World winemakers were doing. Upon arriving in Napa he said:

 "Looks good. We stay."

That was our message back to France in 1980 after we spied on California.

Au revoir France.

Hello Napa Valley!

Say "Bonjour" to VGS Chateau Potelle!

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Big Firm Know How, Small Firm Know You

This event is generously sponsored in part by Burr Pilger Mayer. They deliver the resources, experience and know-how of a Big 4 with the responsiveness and accessibility of a local firm.

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WWS events always include a raffle or silent auction as a fundraiser for our scholarship fund. Donating to our raffle or silent auction is a great way to get your products or services seen. Great donations may include:

Wine ∙ Gift Certificates ∙ Spa Packages

Dinner for Two ∙ Complimentary Wine Tasting

Wine Accessories ∙ Travel ∙ Lodging ∙ Magazine Subscription

Gift Baskets ∙ Gourmet Foods ∙ Golf Package

Wine & Food Pairing ∙ Winemaker Dinner

Stemware ∙ Books & Music ∙ Art

If you are interested in donating for our raffle at this event, please contact Christine Mueller at to make a contribution.

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100% of proceeds from our raffle or silent auction go to our WWS scholarship fund. There are many ways you can contribute to our scholarship fund to help deserving students meet their wine and viticultural education goals with us:

  • Make a cash donation when you purchase your ticket here on Eventbrite.
  • Purchase Raffle Tickets for some fine goodies.
  • Donate an item to be featured at the auction, from gift certificates to dinners for two or a massage. Perhaps you'd like to contribute a special bottle of wine or a vineyard tour...

Last year Women for WineSense allocated $5,000 in scholarship funds to four grateful students enrolled in wine/viticulture studies at U.C. Davis, Sonoma State University, Napa Valley College and Santa Rosa Junior College.

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Not a WWS Member? Join or find out more at our event. Questions about WWS membership and its benefits? Contact Membership Director, Ellen Reich Luchtel, for assistance. So join now and save $$ on future events!

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Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

Alcohol will be served at this event. No one under 21 will be served.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Take the Vine! Hwy. 29 runs next to VGS Chateau Potelle. Driving? Parking is available ONLY on Dowdell Lane next to the venue. Please plan accordingly.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions? If you don't hear from us within a few hours, we're likely consulting to get an answer to your question! Please be patient.

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

You may switch your registration to another member or guest. You may open your order on Eventbrite from the confirmation emailed to you to edit the name information. (And if this is unavailable, please send us an email of the changes.)

Can I update my registration information?

Yes. Follow the instructions on your confirmation email on the steps to do so.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

It does make things go faster when you do!

What is the refund policy?

Women for WineSense has a no-refund policy. However, we maintain a waitlist for tickets to our events. In the event you cannot attend and there are interested parties on the waitlist who purchase a ticket, we will refund your ticket purchase.

The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?

Follow the instructions from EventBrite's confirmation email. You can return to edit the name on display for the registration.

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When & Where

VGS Chateau Potelle
1200 Dowdell Ln
St Helena, CA 94574

Thursday, August 15, 2013 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM (PDT)

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Women for WineSense ~ Napa | Sonoma Chapter

Founded in 1990 by some of the top women in the wine industry, Women for WineSense offers wine education and networking opportunities for wine industry professionals and wine enthusiasts.

Our events, held in beautiful wine country locations, provide a fun and relaxed atmosphere for men and women to enjoy learning about new wines and food pairings, as well as making new friends and acquaintenances.

Women for WineSense is a not-for-profit organization 501(c)6 formed in 1990 as a way to promote women working in the wine industry. WWS is committed to being the premiere wine organization offering outstanding education programs, member benefits, and networking opportunities to industry professionals and wine enthusiasts. The Napa/Sonoma Chapter currently has more than 325 members of which approximately 70% are professionals in the wine industry. For information about becoming a member, please email our Membership Director, Ellen Reich Luchtel.


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What is the fastest and easiest way to learn about the wines of VGS Chateau Potelle? Start with "Bonjour" VGS Chateau Potelle!, a guest blog post by member Denise Delaney, about our next event's host winery in St. Helena.

Read Bonjour Chateau Potelle

And if your eyes need a break from reading, simply watch this fun video of Chateau Potelle's Jean-Noël Formeaux on CellarPass TV made July 15th. (Also viewable from within the blog post.)

Screenshot from CellarPass TV


Networking at a wine country event can be challenging--even intimidating. Why? The goal is to meet lots of strangers...which makes many nervous or uncomfortable.

How many people do you need to meet and exchange cards with to make it a success?

Will they remember you as well as you remember them?

The best way to ensure success is to map out a little networking plan, prepare a dazzling elevator speech, practice it and then put it into motion! Oh, yeah--you'll need to do all that and carry a wine glass around with you too.

Need help with a sure-fire, guaranteed-success plan? Read How to Network Like a Seasoned Pro on our blog, the first of four posts on networking skills.

Read How to Network like a Pro

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