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The invitation from JoAnn LoGiurato announced a wine tasting to celebrate women in wine. Scheduled for International Women's Day at Stew Leonard’s Wines in Norwalk earlier this month, the event included wineries from the U.S., New Zealand and Italy. It got me thinking about the role of women at Connecticut wineries.
Marsha and I set out to discover women leading local wineries and meet as many of them as we could. On the first stop on our quest, rows of vines peeked over the ridge on the curving, uphill lane to Aquilla’s Nest Vineyards, just like wineries around the world. Owner Neviana Zhgaba walked us through the winery with its gleaming stainless steel tanks to the spacious tasting room. Every corner showcased the winery's commitment to the influence of women. The displays are all about women: in art, in history and of course in wine.