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Spring In The Vineyard
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March News 
While much of the country still thaws out from a bear of a winter (sorry Boston!) - Northern California marks the turn of the season with bright green hills, cherry blossoms "snowing" petals and the promise of the 2015 vintage pushing out with tiny buds on the vines. With the fading winter giving way to warmer temps, CCA's Alex Fondren breaks down Tempranillo, a perfect transitional wine for the season. It's also Women's History Month and Beth Cotenoff from Cornerstone Communications, our affiliate in New York City, highlights their Women in Wine Leadership conference held every fall. Our team at CCA is also doing our version of spring training getting ready for the annual Dress for Success Powerwalk taking place May 9th in San Francisco and worldwide. Dress for Success provides interview suits, confidence boosts, and career development to low-income women in over 75 cities worldwide. Lastly, our monthly Must Reads reveals our reading passions satisfying our thirst for knowledge on all subjects vinuous and beyond.  

Here's to a wonderful and renewing spring! 

- Kimberly Noelle Charles, DWS 
Founder, Charles Communications Associates
by Alex Fondren

In honor of 2014’s annual International Tempranillo Day on November 12th, Charles Communications Associates hosted a popular Brandlive virtual tasting featuring top Tempranillo bottlings from the Lodi region. It was illuminating to experience a lineup like this, not only because the wines proved superlative for the category, but also because it made me realize how rare it is to experience a domestic Tempranillo horizontal at all.
Even within the wine industry, it’s just not a grape that gets a lot of ink (ironic, given its marked inky-black hue!). After brushing up on my WSET materials (and perhaps a little Jancis) it’s definitely back on my radar – such a versatile, food-friendly variety deserves to play a far more pivotal role in our weekly wine adventures. 

The principal grape in Rioja, Spain Tempranillo is so named because...

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Women In Wine Symposium
by Beth Cotenoff

The date has been set for the fourth annual Women in Wine Leadership Symposium (WWLS) on Monday, October 5th in New York City. The WWLS, a joint production of The Winebow Group and Cornerstone Communications, was created with the mission to empower and educate women in the wine industry through a series of provocative panel discussions and wine tastings. Launched in 2012, the WWLS has become an annual gathering for leading women wine professionals. Each year since its inception, over 100 attendees, both leaders and “up-and-coming” women in the field, participate in a half-day symposium which brings together winemakers from around the world, sommeliers, retailers, educators, and journalists. 

Through its panel discussions, the WWLS has explored topics such as...

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Dress For Success Annual Power Walk
by Jordan Carmack

As we celebrate Women’s History Month in March, what better way to honor women than with an empowering event?  On Saturday, May 9th the Charles Communications team will be participating in the Power Walk San Francisco benefiting Dress for Success. Each year this event takes place in more than 20 cities, in five countries throughout the world. We are very honored to be a part of this wonderful organization and we are also excited that we will be joining forces with longtime friends and former office mates Andrew & Freeman & Co to form a powerhouse team!  Both agencies principals Andrew Freeman and Kimberly Charles serve proudly on the San Francisco chapter board.

This 5k walk/run promotes the Health & Wellness Initiative of the Professional Women’s Group (PWG) and also raises funds and visibility for Dress for Success San Francisco.

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