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Roasting a halibut tail + best red wines to chill!
Always a delight to see what Bruce Cole of Edible San Francisco has cooking. And even more exciting to see Raft Wines to get a shout out! Watch the video for some great cooking tips and wine recommendations.
Weed Farms creating clean habitats for the endangered Coho Salmon in Dry Creek Valley
When the opportunity to make Raft Wines presented itself, it was the Weed Farms vineyard that really got the wheels in motion. Tucked into a small corner off West Dry Creek Road, approximately 70 miles north of San Francisco, the farm is home to another (more) important species. The vineyard shares a the space with Grape Creek, a tributary of the Dry Creek, which feeds into the Russian River. Several years ago, grape grower Sally Weed, was astonished to see endangered Coho Salmon in the creek, using it as safe space for spawning. Since then, all grape activities are secondary to the salmon, and we're proud to say the vineyard is "beyond organic" - no spraying of anything - ever. But as you can see (and taste!) the vineyard produces some gorgeous fruit and lovely wine, and we're thrilled to be a part of the greater story.
Sally was just interviewed by KALW, a San Francisco public radio station and it's worth a listen to hear all about her amazing project!
420 Flea Artisan Market and Meet the Winemaker at Oakland Yard
Food! Wine! Crafts! What more could you want. Jennifer will be there from 2-5 pouring a flight of Raft Wines for the attendees!
Women Owned Wineries has played a big part in Raft Wines beginning year, and we're honored to get a shout out in the article.
To quote Amy, " I offer this directory of woman-owned wineries to help put dollars in the pockets of women business leaders. The project is growing to include a wine club, which you can join here. When the effort is strong enough, I hope to set up a fund for other female wine entrepreneurs. None of these steps alone will solve the problem, but maybe it’s a start...".
Come to Bâtonnage on July 28th for a day-long forum opening up a conversation about women in wine.
Bâtonnage is the brainchild of all those who identify as women working in all the different facets of the wine industry... even (especially) those who have traditionally been overlooked or spoken over. We strive to educate wine professionals as well as wine industry supporters on the unique challenges and opportunities that women in the field--winemakers, vineyard workers, writers and marketers, salespeople, sommeliers, collectors, and drinkers--have faced both historically and present-day. We simultaneously seek to propose pragmatic solutions for charting a positive, inclusive course forward.
Learn more and buy tickets here, read the article from Eater here, and read organizer (and Bay Grape leader extraordinaire) Stevie Stacionis' essay "Why Is It So Hard to Be a Mom in the Wine Business?" in SevenFifty Daily here
On June 16th, Jennifer and Raft Wines are honored to pour wines at the Outstanding in the Field with acclaimed chef Nicolette Manescalchi, from A16, San Francisco, CA at the Paradise Valley Produce farm, farmed by Sandy & Dennis Dierks, in Bolinas, CA.
Founded in 1999 by artist and chef Jim Denevan, Outstanding in the Field was intended as a radical intervention to stale dining conventions. Guests dine at one long table set between earth and sky, where the farmer’s story would be recognized and celebrated.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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 Wine, released 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.
End Of Summer Reads For Labor Day Weekend featuring a recommendation from Jennifer on LONNY.com
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.
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 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
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.