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  • J. Lohr Gesture RVG Selected For James Beard Foundation Women Chefs Rule Dinner

    Crafted by acclaimed winemaker Kristen Barnhisel, the Gesture RVG spotlights J. Lohr’s leadership in sustainability and empowering women in the wine industry.

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    San Jose, Calif. – March 6, 2018 – J. Lohr Vine­yards & Wines is excit­ed to announce that its 2016
    J. Lohr Ges­ture RVG (Rous­sanne, Viog­nier and Grenache Blanc) has been select­ed for inclu­sion in the Women Chefs Rule: The Veg­an Edi­tion Din­ner, which will be held on Thurs­day, March 8 at The James Beard House in New York City. A cel­e­bra­tion of Inter­na­tion­al Women’s Day, the sea­son­al­ly inspired din­ner will spot­light veg­an dish­es pre­pared by top women chefs, includ­ing Nina Cur­tis, the pres­i­dent of Women Chefs and Restau­ra­teurs. Each course will fea­ture expert­ly paired sus­tain­able wines made by women wine­mak­ers and vint­ners. The wines select­ed, includ­ing the J. Lohr Ges­ture RVG, were cho­sen by Nina Cur­tis in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Women of the Vine & Spir­its, the lead­ing trade orga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cat­ed to the advance­ment and empow­er­ment of women in the alco­hol bev­er­age industry.

    With J. Lohr’s lead­er­ship in sus­tain­abil­i­ty and key exec­u­tive roles held by Co-own­er Cyn­thia Lohr and Wine­mak­er, White Wines Kris­ten Barn­his­el, select­ing J. Lohr’s RVG was a nat­ur­al fit for this din­ner,” said Women of the Vine & Spir­its Founder & CEO Deb­o­rah Bren­ner. To fill a table with excep­tion­al wines made by female wine­mak­ers and vint­ners is an impor­tant way to acknowl­edge the impact of women across the globe for Inter­na­tion­al Women’s Day, while rais­ing aware­ness for our mis­sion of advanc­ing women in the alco­hol bev­er­age indus­try.”

    The 2016 J. Lohr Ges­ture RVG was craft­ed by Kris­ten Barn­his­el, with grapes har­vest­ed from J. Lohr’s sus­tain­ably cer­ti­fied estate vine­yards in Paso Rob­les, Cal­i­for­nia. In Jan­u­ary 2010, J. Lohr became one of the first vine­yards and winer­ies in Cal­i­for­nia to earn the Cer­ti­fied Cal­i­for­nia Sus­tain­able Wine­grow­ing dis­tinc­tion from the Cal­i­for­nia Sus­tain­able Wine­grow­ing Alliance. In addi­tion, J. Lohr’s 3‑acre solar pho­to­volta­ic track­ing sys­tem in Paso Rob­les is the largest solar-track­ing array in the North Amer­i­can wine industry.

    This spe­cial James Beard Foun­da­tion Din­ner high­lights two issues we hold dear at J. Lohr: sus­tain­abil­i­ty and empow­er­ing women in our indus­try,” said Kris­ten Barn­his­el. In every depart­ment of our com­pa­ny, women occu­py many of our most impor­tant posi­tions. This hon­or is a win for all the women and men in the extend­ed J. Lohr fam­i­ly who work tire­less­ly for our success.”

    To rec­og­nize their tal­ents and invalu­able con­tri­bu­tions, through­out March J. Lohr is pro­fil­ing sev­er­al dynam­ic women using the hash­tag #jlohrwomen. J. Lohr invites peo­ple to join the #jlohrwomen con­ver­sa­tion dur­ing Nation­al Women’s His­to­ry Month on Face­book, Twit­ter, and Instagram.

    About J. Lohr Vine­yards & Wines
    Found­ed more than four decades ago by Jer­ry Lohr and still fam­i­ly owned and oper­at­ed today, J. Lohr Vine­yards & Wines crafts a full line of inter­na­tion­al­ly rec­og­nized wines from its 3,700 acres of sus­tain­ably cer­ti­fied estate vine­yards in Paso Rob­les, Mon­terey County’s Arroyo Seco and San­ta Lucia High­lands appel­la­tions, and St. Hele­na in the Napa Val­ley. Offer­ing an expres­sive range of styles, J. Lohr pro­duces five tiers of award-win­ning wines show­cas­ing its estate fruit – J. Lohr Estates, J. Lohr Vine­yard Series, J. Lohr Cuvée Series, J. Lohr Ges­ture, and J. Lohr Sig­na­ture Caber­net Sauvignon.

    About Women of the Vine & Spir­its®
    Women of the Vine & Spir­its is the world’s lead­ing mem­ber­ship orga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cat­ed to the empow­er­ment and advance­ment of women in the alco­hol bev­er­age indus­try, fos­ter­ing gen­der diver­si­ty and tal­ent devel­op­ment across the indus­try at large. Guid­ed by an advi­so­ry board of top exec­u­tives in the alco­hol bev­er­age indus­try, Women of the Vine & Spir­its offers exten­sive edu­ca­tion, advo­ca­cy, train­ing, men­tor­ship, net­work­ing and stead­fast sup­port for women at every posi­tion in the field, par­tic­u­lar­ly through the annu­al Women of the Vine & Spir­its Glob­al Sym­po­sium, March 12 – 14, 2018 in Napa, Cal­i­for­nia. For more infor­ma­tion, please vis­it womenofthevine​.com.

    About the James Beard Foun­da­tion
    Found­ed in 1986, the James Beard Foun­da­tion cel­e­brates, nur­tures, and hon­ors chefs and oth­er lead­ers mak­ing America’s food cul­ture more deli­cious, diverse, and sus­tain­able for every­one. A cook­book author and teacher with an ency­clo­pe­dic knowl­edge about food, the late James Beard was a cham­pi­on of Amer­i­can cui­sine. He helped edu­cate and men­tor gen­er­a­tions of pro­fes­sion­al chefs and food enthu­si­asts, instill­ing in them the val­ue of whole­some, health­ful, and deli­cious food. Today JBF con­tin­ues in the same spir­it by admin­is­ter­ing a num­ber of diverse pro­grams that include edu­ca­tion­al ini­tia­tives, food indus­try awards, schol­ar­ships for culi­nary stu­dents, pub­li­ca­tions, chef advo­ca­cy train­ing, and thought-leader con­ven­ing. The Foun­da­tion also main­tains the his­toric James Beard House in New York City’s Green­wich Vil­lage as a per­for­mance space” for vis­it­ing chefs. For more infor­ma­tion, please vis­it james​beard​.org.

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