Women who Changed the Wine Industry: Our Guests of Honor
A winemaker with a wide and diverse background, Nova Cadamatre is the first female winemaker in the U.S. to achieve the title of Master of Wine.She has worked at top Napa wineries, focused on Bordeaux and Burgundian varieties from some of the top vineyards in the area including To Kalon, Vine Hill Ranch, MacDonald, Detert, and Hyde Vineyard. She now teaches at Cornell University and is a bicoastal winemaker of her own brands in New York state and California.
Anita Oberholster completed her Ph.D. in Wine Sciences at the University of Adelaide, in Australia in 2008. She worked as a researcher Department of Viticulture and Oenology at Stellenbosch University in South Africa, moved to the Department of Viticulture and Enology at the University of California, Davis in 2011.At UC Davis, Anita brings research and developments from the Department of Viticulture and Enology to the wine industry and continually interacts with its vineyard and winery professionals on best practices. She has led research efforts on smoke taint and its mitigation in grapes and wine, on winery sanitation, Red Blotch Virus, the use of new technologies and ‘green’ chemicals in the winery, and the re-use of winery wastewater for the irrigation of vines.
With more than 20 years in the wine industry, Lise Asimont is a force to be reckoned with in the world of ultra-premium winegrowing. She’s worked for several of the biggest and best wine brands in California, meticulously managing every acre of their vineyards to optimize wine quality while promoting sustainability and responsible land stewardship. She makes wine like a viticulturist: represent the vineyard in the bottle and let the grapes speak.Lise was profiled as a 2021 Wine Industry Leader of the Year in Wine Business Monthly magazine. Her newest roles are Vice President of Grower Relations and Winery Operations for the Foley Family of Wines, and wearing every hat at the winery she owns in the Russian River Valley with her husband. He has dared her to make the perfect Pinot Noir she seeks.
Bettina Sichel is the fifth generation of the Sichel family to work in the wine business. In 2011, she became the steward of Laurel Glen Vineyard after purchasing the iconic estate from founder Patrick Campbell in partnership with a small group of wine lovers. Once considered one of the great Cabernets of California, Laurel Glen Vineyard became the next chapter of Bettina’s career when she turned her skills and dedication to rebuilding its quality and reputation.
Bettina has more than 30 years’ experience in sales and marketing in the wine business. She has launched, re-launched and built many brands. She helped launch Quintessa in 1998 and developed that Napa Cabernet’s reputation and profile distribution as Director of Sales & Marketing for its formative years. Bettina also served as Marketing Director for the Napa Valley Vintners trade association – during her time there she was responsible for both domestic and international marketing of brand Napa Valley.
Bettina is the daughter of Peter M.F. Sichel, the man responsible for making his family’s Blue Nun wine a household name around the world. The Sichel family wine history originated in Bordeaux with iconic brands Chateau Palmer and Chateau d’Angludet.
Listen as these accomplished professionals share their thoughts and advice on how to succeed in the wine industry and be a good mentor for other women along the way.
We’ll also be celebrating the increasing diversity of women in the wine industry with multi-media displays throughout the reception. Many of these women were chronicled in the recent Bay Area Bountiful Women in Wine specials shown on our two public TV stations throughout the Bay Area.