One Small Step for Womankind. Napa Pruning Competition Opens To Women

on 03/03/14 at 11:29 am

Wine

5306a2c601bdd.preview-620-350x350For the first time in its 12-year history women have been invited to take part in the Napa Valley Grapegrowers’ pruning competition.

Since its inception more than a decade ago women have been banned from taking part in the competition which ordinarily sees men slash at overgrown vines to prove their skill.

However this year, in what was the competition’s 13th year, women were invited to take part for the first time, according to a report by pennlive.com.

Jennifer Putnam, executive director of the group, told the paper: ”There’s been this perennial conversation about, ‘Do we include women in the competition?’ And the answer’s always been, ‘Not yet. This year we looked around the room and just thought, ‘Yes, it’s time.’ ”

Not only was it the first time that women had been included in the competition, but the winner of the competition was also a woman, Celia Perez of V. Sattui Winery, who went home with first place.

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