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“I am a Frenchman,” said Seguin Moreau’s Francois Peltereau-Villeneuve. “I don’t mind being surrounded by women.”

 He and the Napa cooperage played host to the Napa-Sonoma chapter of Women for Winesense, who marked Bastille Day by gathering at Seguin Moreau for an evening of wine tasting, food pairings and an introduction to the fine art of barrel-making. They’d titled this meeting, “Let Them Drink Wine.”

  The organization, which has chapters across the country, is marking its 21st anniversary this year. It combines wine education and networking with camaraderie as was evidenced in the July meeting.

  Barbara Paige, a local corporate sommelier, had organized the evenings tasting program of wines served with a variety of crépes. 

  Her selections: 

  • A 2008 Spring Mountain Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc with a crab-filled crépe;

  • 2010 Vivier Sonoma Coast Rosé of Pinot Noir with a spinach and cheese crépe;

  • 2009 Valley of the Moon Sonoma County Pinot Blanc with a feta and sun-dried tomato crépe;

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  • 2009 Vin de Pays du Comté Tolosan chardonnay with an avocado and cilantro crépe.

 Paige led a casual discussion of the wines and pairings, which were interspersed with Peltereau-Villeneuve’s discussions of barrel making and the way barrels are crafted to fit the goals of individual winemakers. About 2 percent of the wine made world-wide is barrel fermented, he noted.  

Membership in Women for Winesense is open to wine industry professionals as well as those interested in joining the wine world, as well as people interested in learning more about wine. 

As part of its 21st birthday celebration, they are offering a multi-year, discounted membership. Aficionado membership is $70 for two years, and professional membership is $140 for two years for those who join before the end of 2011.

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