International Women’s Day falls on March 8 and to honor the women who bring their own zest and zeal to luxury hotels, the Dorchester Collection launched a “Women in Wine Road Trip” hosted by a trio of female sommeliers at various Dorchester Collection properties.
All this week, Vanessa Cinti of London’s 45 Park Lane (March 6) and Estelle Touzet of Paris’ Le Meurice (March 7) have taken travelers on a wine journey that compared two wine selections from American, French and Italian wines, while inspiring lively discussions on hot topics, trends and what it’s like being a woman in an industry typically dominated by men. Alessandra Veronesi of Milan’s Hotel Principe di Savoia will be spotlighted tonight.
I caught up with Cinti before the event kicked off to discuss the road trip. Cinti, a native of northern Italy, is 45 Park Lane’s head sommelier and an advanced sommelier by The American Chapter of the Court of Master Sommeliers. Cinti has been instrumental in creating a wine list that features one of the largest selections of American wines in London. For her Women in Wine trip that took place on March 6, Cinti poured an Antica Terra 2010 Pinot Noir from Oregon’s Willamette Valley and the Viader 2007 Cabernet sauvignon-Cabernet Franc from Napa Valley.
“I chose these two wines as they are great expressions of what a good American wine should taste like,” Cinti said. “They are two very different types of wines, from two different American wine regions, California and Oregon. I focused much of my wine studies in these areas so they are dear to me, and the fact that they are produced by two female winemakers further inspired me to include them within Dorchester Collection’s Women in Wine road trip.”
Price for tonight’s Milan event is approximately $156 and it includes wine and canapés.