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 photo credit:  Mikaela Sheldt

photo credit: Mikaela Sheldt

Cru Podcast is a weekly podcast released by Chappy Cottrell and is an in depth look at the people behind the scenes in the industry.  Jennifer was honored to meet with him in early December to discuss the history and philosophy of Raft Wines and her community involvement. 

Jennifer Reichardt is the founder and winemaker of Raft Wines, a small production wine label based in Santa Rosa, California with a heavy focus on Rhone Varietals.

Raft Wines reads the credits on Radio Cherry Bombe

While in New York, Jennifer from Raft Wines got the opportunity to read the credits to Radio Cherry Bombe, one of her FAVORITE podcasts. It just so happens that her credits were included on a podcast interviewing the designer of her favorite pants, Maxine Thompson from Polka Pants! 

If you're not listening to Radio Cherry Bombe weekly, we suggest you sign up HERE

 photo by Mikaela Sheldt

photo by Mikaela Sheldt

Raft Wines Featured on Women Owned Wineries

A new organization, their site catalogues woman-owned wineries of Sonoma County, California. Click, scroll, and explore the wide range of creations listed here. Women business owners are statistically more likely than men to face challenges in business endeavors. (Here’s why.) By putting your dollars toward their projects, you are  helping to level an unbalanced playing field.

Raft is honored to be their first profiled winery on the site. Please read HERE. 


On October 9th, 2017, Firestorms and Wildfires broke out across Lake, Mendocino, Napa, and Sonoma Counties. The loss has been indescribable, and our hearts are broken for our homes and communities. Luckily the Raft Wines' winery was spared by some miracle, and all the vineyards in affected counties are safe. Inspired by the incredible outpouring of support, I have gotten together to with a group of wine industry professionals to form REBUILD WINE COUNTRY. We're working directly with Habitat of Humanity of Sonoma County to raise funds for the rebuilding effort. 100% of your donation is going directly to the individuals who need financial assistance to rebuild, and is tax-deductible. 


Raft Wines to be featured at the Cherry Bombe San Francisco Jubilee

Cherry Bombe celebrates women and food through their biannual magazine,  weekly Radio Cherry Bombe podcast, and Jubilee conference. On October 14th, the Jubilee is coming to San Francisco for the first time! Jennifer is excited to be there pouring Raft Wines for the attendees after a day of insightful conversations, connections, and panels. 

Check out the other participants!

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Raft Wines mention in Jon Bonné article on PUNCHDRINK.COM "What Does the Future of California Wine Look Like?"

Jon Bonné's  book, The New California Winereleased in 2013, brought to life a narrative of the new, young, and innovative winemakers of the next generation. This article addresses the current state of the industry, just four short years, but many changes later. Raft Wines is honored to get a mention among personal winemaking heroes, past employers, and incredible peers. 

 photo by  Adam Decker

photo by Adam Decker

End Of Summer Reads For Labor Day Weekend featuring a recommendation from Jennifer on

Need a book that can take you through the long weekend and amp up your career? Well when panelists and attendees of the recent career-focused event School of Hustle were asked their fave books on business, they supplied a full list of amazing finds. 

Jennifer Reichardt, winemaker for Raft Wines, answered! Click on the link to find out her pick, and other great books for your reading list. 

 Photo by  Mikaela Sheldt

Jennifer Reichardt announced as one of the recipients for the Women of the Vine and Spirits   Leadership Development Scholarship.

Women of the Vine & Spirits, the world’s leading organization dedicated to the support and advancement of women in the alcohol beverage industry, launched the Women of the Vine & Spirits Foundation earlier this year and has awarded its first scholarship recipients for 2017.

Raft Wines winemaker, Jennifer, was awarded the scholarship for Leadership Development. With this award, Jennifer will be attending the Global Symposium held in March 2018, to learn from hundreds of other attendees in the Wine and Spirits sector. 

raft wines to school of hustle


Raft Wines is headed to the School of Hustle!

On Monday, August 14, the wonderful folks of Hedley & Bennett Aprons are hosting the School of Hustle with Instagram for Business. This one day conference is a hands on, energetic, crash course look into the world of an entrepreneur and small business owners. Jennifer, winemaker for Raft Wines, was chosen to be one of the 200 attendees to this first-of-its-kind conference. Find @duckdaughterjj on Instagram to follow the action!

Learn more about the School of Hustle

 Duck Daughter with the Wine Gal, Photo from Ziggy Eschilman 

Duck Daughter with the Wine Gal, Photo from Ziggy Eschilman 


Raft Wines on Wine Wednesday, with Ziggy the Wine Gal on KRSH 95.9

Ziggy Eschliman, known to most simply as The Wine Gal or The Contessa of Cocktails, is among America's most enthusiastic, authoritative and entertaining libation experts. On her weekly Wine Wednesday program on KRSH 95.9 in Sonoma County, she hosts winemakers and spirit crafters from around the world, to sip, swirl, and discover! Jennifer, winemaker of Raft Wines, was able to join her on July 19, 2017 for a fun-filled conversation on the beginnings of Raft Wines.