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Women's Wine Collective to host 'Cabernet Soirée' at the Bankhead

Newly formed group aims to celebrate female industry leaders in Livermore Valley
Clinking glasses (Stock photo).

Variations of the red wine grape varietal Cabernet Sauvignon will be flowing at the Bankhead Theater on Thursday (May 4) as part of the Women's Wine Collective's "Cabernet Soirée" celebration.

The Women’s Wine Collective of Livermore Valley is a newly formed organization that brings together women in the wine industry to help promote their leadership and provide support to each other.

At the event, guests will be offered a one-of-a-kind tasting experience featuring Cabernet Sauvignon made by 12 female-driven Livermore Valley wineries. Upon entry, guests will also be served a taste of sparkling flower wine produced by Aaliyah Nitoto of Free Range Flower Winery.

Organizers said the Cabernet Soirée will serve as an opportunity to meet the women behind the wines and learn how each winemaker adds their own unique touch to their version of the varietal. 

"I think it's just going to be a fantastic event really celebrating the women behind the wine in Livermore Valley," said Alexandra Henkelman, one of the event organizers and the co-owner and co-winemaker at Omega Road Winery. "As a valley, we are nearly double the California average of women in leadership in wineries and so it's cool just to be able to celebrate that and support each other."  

Henkelman told Livermore Vine that the Women's Wine Collective kicked off earlier this year and they've hosted one previous event at McGrail Vineyards and Winery. Thursday's festivities will mark their second gathering since the formation of the group. 

The Women's Wine Collective includes a network of women in various roles within the wine industry, including winemakers, owners and tasting room managers.

Cabernet Soirée is set for Thursday, May 4, from 6-8 p.m. Tickets are available online for $35 and will be sold at the door for $40. For more information and tickets, visit


Cierra Bailey

About the Author: Cierra Bailey

Cierra started as an editorial intern with the Pleasanton Weekly in 2014. After pursuing opportunities in digital and broadcast media and attending graduate school at Syracuse University, she’s back as the editor of the Vine.
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