International Women’s Day is this Friday. All around New York there is reason to applaud the special moment.
Celebrations have been taking place up and down the island to honor women of now and yesterday who have brought forth incredible change. The power of female has been breaking glass ceilings and building strong bridges in various industries for years.
One of the markets that for decades has felt this momentous movement has been the world of wines and spirits.
On February 27th, the luxurious Moët Hennessy hosted a fabulous Pioneering Women Pop-Up Tasting Experience at La Mercerie. Delightful tastes of Veuve Clicquot, Krug, Chandon and Skyside were beautifully paired with delicious curated food selections.
“This evening, we raise our glasses in celebration of the extraordinary and trailblazing women of past, present, and future who have been instrumental to the wine and spirits industry,” stated Vanessa Kay, EVP of Brands & CMO at Moët Hennessy USA.
The moments were divine and the lessons taken away this special night were memorable. So many women under this umbrella are movers and shakers to be admired and appreciated. The seating over courses reflected on the groundbreaking females.
As guests enjoyed sips and bites they were gifted a review of the life of the infamous Madame Clicquot, the first woman to rise to power in Champagne. She is often regarded as the first businesswoman of the modern era. Barbe Ponsardin married François Clicquot, who worked in a small family wine business founded by his father in 1772. In 1805, François died unexpectedly, leaving Madame Clicquot a widow (Veuve in French) at the young age of 27.
From this young woman came a legacy that defined Champagne forever. Leading the way marked a path for other females in the industry to follow. Other such trailblazers in modern commerce include the bright, youthful Pauline Lhote, who is the official winemaker of Chandon California; as well as the savvy Margareth Henriquez, President and CEO, Krug Champagne and Estates & Wines at LVMH.
There is no denying that a sip is as sweet as the success of these ladies leading the industry.
Happy International Women’s Day