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June / July 2018

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{ } 97 Remi Cohen, Vice President and General Manager of Lede Family Wines After East Coast transplant Remi Cohen received her degree in molecular and cellular biology from U.C. Berkeley, her life took an unexpected turn. Rather than pursuing a career in the medical field, Cohen obtained her master's degree in the Viticulture and Enology pro - gram at U.C. Davis before earning her MBA at Golden Gate University in San Francisco. These degrees propelled her into working at various levels of winemaking in California, where she went from serving as the Vineyard Manager of Bouchaine Vineyards to taking a position at Merryvale Vineyards as Vice Presi - dent of Operations. Somewhere in between her time at Merryvale and her current role at Lede Family Wines, Cohen founded her own vinicultural and winemaking consulting company, Vines to Wine. According to Cohen, both Lede and Vines to Wine prioritize sustainable farming practices, and SOMM Camp guests will have the opportunity to attend a ses - sion dedicated to sustainability efforts in the SLD led by her, Jon-Mark Chappellet of Clos du Val, and Russ Weis of Silverado Vineyards. "At Cliff Lede Vineyards, Although we're calling it "stag camp" around the office, there will in fact be a lack of "stag somms" attending the Stags Leap District (SLD) SOMM Camp retreat this year. Inspired by the strong female wine - makers and principals leading the camp, The SOMM Journal has invited some of the best female sommeliers from around the country. Of course, a few lucky male somms will attend—five or six to be exact—but the remaining ten will be women. Hopefully the young bucks can keep up! To prime ourselves for camp at the end of June, we reached out to a few of these women for some personal insight into the SLD and the wines that define it. ALL PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE STAGS LEAP DISTRICT WINEGROWERS The corridor in the Stags Leap District helps funnel the cool air from the San Pablo Bay. v

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