As a female business owner, Cheryl Sher keeps her eyes peeled for others she can support through her wine shop.
"This is my thing," said Sher, who owns Sher Bliss. "We often ... do a tasting of female-produced wines from around the world, and people really like that."
Female wine producers from all over the world are easy to find if you look, she said. She's met plenty of them and had several conduct their own wine tastings in her Gahanna shop.
Thanks to her awareness, Sher has picked up on a few points of interest among female-produced wines.
Many such wineries are named after the women who run them as are all of the examples below which perhaps helps shoppers looking to support a female-owned business find them easily.
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Patricia Green Cellars pinot noir (2007)
Region: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Flavors: light and elegant, with bing cherry notes
Pairs well with: simple grilled wild salmon; shellfish, chicken, or grilled pork with the right sauce
Cheryl Sher's advice: "It's a great example of a fine Willamette pinot. A lot of people blind-taste against hers. She's the benchmark."
Carol Shelton Rocky Reserve zinfandel (2005)
Region: Rockpile, California
Flavors: some black pepper, very dark chocolate, cocoa and vanilla with structured tannins
Pairs well with: red seedless grapes in dark Belgian chocolate ("Bunches of Bliss") at Sher Bliss
Cheryl Sher's advice: "Carol consults, has worked for many big names in the wine industry and has won more awards than any winemaker in America. She sources the finest grapes that represent the territory, works with her lovely husband Mitch and shares her recipes she created the best ahi tuna in ponzu sauce."
Jean Milan Brut Champagne (non-vintage)
Region: Champagne, France
Flavors: green apple and lemon, with a light minerality
Pairs well with: fish, roasted chicken, roasted meats, tart cheeses
Cheryl Sher's advice: "This is a family-run business. They don't make very much, and they don't source fruit or ready-made juice. Jean Milan is in the cellar, where she is involved with the blending and disgorgement and she does the marketing."