The Somm Journal

Somm Journal Dec2018-Jan2019

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{ } 99 (Meridith May, Publisher and Editorial Director of The SOMM Journal, came in at #15.) I know that when many of the women on this list—including me—began their ca- reers, very few women had forged a path before them, meaning female mentors were in short supply. In an interview last year for Prestige magazine, Master of Wine and prominent wine critic Lisa Perrotti- Brown, who serves as the Editor-in-Chief of The Wine Advocate, revealed that during her 27 years in the wine industry—hav - ing worked for nine companies in four countries in more than seven fields from marketing to purchasing to publishing— she's never once worked for a woman. Of course, in every aspect of advance - ment, remuneration, recognition, and sup- port, women of color have it particularly hard. Not only are they not adequately represented, but when they do end up oc- cupying high-level positions, they're often treated with shocking dismissiveness. By way of example, Andréa McBride, a Black woman who owns the company McBride Sisters Wines with her sister Rob - in, recently told me this story after they both traveled to Cincinnati for a business meeting. "The night before, we went to a Leslie Sbrocco Lindsey Wallingford Maia Parish "In this one short year when women have seemingly achieved so much, we have simultaneously accomplished SO VERY LITTLE." —Karen MacNeil

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