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It's been one year since the wildfires in Sonoma and Napa counties – the heart of wine country and the birthplace of Williams Sonoma, where our founder, Chuck Williams, opened his first store in 1956. To honor the resilience of this community so close to our hearts, we brought together 15 women behind California’s food, wine, and cheese destinations for a great meal and inspiring conversation at our original Sonoma store.

“You may feel like you’re small and local, but I see you. I see you,” says Janet Hayes, Williams Sonoma Brand President. She raises her glass to an impressive gathering of female entrepreneurs – from the groundbreaking McBride sisters, who’ve taken the wine industry by storm, to iconic Northern California cheesemakers Peggy Smith and Sue Conley of Cowgirl Creamery, plus an all-star roster of the region’s leading artisanal bakers and vintners. As the one-year anniversary of the Sonoma County fires approaches, the group discusses overcoming adversity for their families, communities and love of their craft.

“For us, as a family business, what’s so special is to be able to continue to do things that we truly love and have family to be working with.”

Lynn Giacomini Stray, Point Reyes
Farmstead Cheese

“There's a really awesome analogy in wine, that goes: ‘The harder the vine struggles, the better the wine.’ And I think that can be a plight to last. We definitely have gone through the struggle.”

Andréa McBride, McBride Sisters Wines

“My end game here is not to be a giant producer, but really to provide a wine that is consistent
and beautiful every single time it hits my customer's table.”

Zoe Johns, Turnbull Wine Cellars

“Quality is important, of course, but it’s not our only motivation. My father told me, ‘You have to remember the reason we have a winery is not so much to make wine. It’s to be an engine to produce the resources to allow us to keep this land in the family, and to allow us to restore the ecological health of the place.”

Jasmine Hirsch, Hirsch Vineyards

The Guest List

Jasmine Hirsch

General Manager,
Hirsch Vineyards

Peggy Smith

Cowgirl Creamery

Lydia Mondavi

Michael Mondavi
Family Estate

Sue Conley

Cowgirl Creamery

Aubrey Bailey

Cadet Wine Bar

Janet Hayes

Brand President,
Williams Sonoma

Suzanne Phifer Pavitt

Phifer Pavitt Winery

Robin McBride

McBride Sisters Wines

Andréa McBride

McBride Sisters Wines

Carol Levalley

Rustic Bakery

Lynn Giacomini Stray

Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese

Jill Giacomini Basch

Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese

Diana Giacomini Hagan

Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese

Zoe Johns

Turnbull Wine Cellars

Amelia Ceja

Ceja Vineyards

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