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Magdalena Spirydowicz

Enjoyed this very much, looking forward to more!


Thanks, M! There will be more soon. Thanks for chiming in.


Alice -

Thank you for beginning this series, and commencing with the inspiring Katell Pleven, who I am equally delighted to call a friend and early mentor.

Looking forward to many returns to your blog this year.



Katell is not only a great person in the business with excellent wines, she is also a wonderful human being with a great heart. Thanks for the write up, Alice!

Judy Zander

I couldn't agree more with the comments above. Katell is a fierce, fabulous feminist, fellow female entrepreneur, I am proud to count her among my friends!


Hello Alice, very interesting article indeed. What is your opinion about Véronique Raskin, she is supposed to be the first woman importer of organic wine in the US? I would love to have your input on her story.
Thanks, Paul


Hi Paul,

I know Veronique was the first outspoken person in support of organic viticulture, (http://www.theorganicwinecompany.com/) but I know her more as an on-line retailer than an importer and I believe her influence is more felt locally in California. But I could be wrong about that.

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