Celebrating 10 Talented Women in Wine: Sommelier and Ripe Life Wines Founder, Mary McAuley

There may be a large gender divide in many workplaces, but in the realm of wine, women have been steadily rising to the top. Not only do female consumers outweigh that of men, the number of female winemakers and sommeliers continue to rise every year. There are probably countless reasons as to why women are reigning supreme on the vineyard, but we’ll leave reasoning to the 10 talented ladies we recently spoke with. From California to Italy, from winemakers to sommeliers, these women’s stories are funny, touching, kismet, and inspirational. Plus, their favorite wines make a pretty amazing shopping list.

Don't miss the full Women in Wine series where you can catch up on all the talented women we've already chatted with. Next up is Mary McAuley, sommelier and founder of Ripe Life Wines.

Sommelier, wine producer and a culinary school graduate, Jersey-born Mary McAuley founded Ripe Life Wines after a clambake with friends. Not just a pairing source for wine lovers, RLW also released its signature Clambake Chardonnay in 2013, which led to their Clambake Limited Edition Rosé. Though they are popular along the East Coast, RLW has also been recognized by tons of famed epicurean outlets, like Wine Enthusiast and Fork + Plate.

Mila Pantovich

An avid traveler, Mila Pantovich splits her time between San Diego, CA and Banff, AB Canada. She has been working with JustLuxe as a writer and editor since 2012 and has been featured in several publications, including Huffington Post. Additionally, she works in content design at Intuit. Follow her travels on Instagram: @MilaPantovich ...(Read More)

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