Let’s Talk Wine: LaBelle Winery a N.H. success story

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By JoAnne Actis-Grande, Posted Oct 27, 2016 at 2:01 AM.  Seacoastonline.com

Last week, I attended the fifth annual Women in Wine Leadership Symposium (WWLS) in New York City. Their mission is to empower and educate women in the wine industry through a series of panel discussions and wine tastings. The WWLS, hosted by The Winebow Group, is the first event of its kind with winemakers from around the world, sommeliers, retailers, educators and journalists.   (www.thewinebowgroup.com)

The keynote address was by the Honorable Analisa Torres, a United States District Judge, and wine enthusiast with a long law career in New York. Here in New Hampshire, Amy LaBelle, also with a long law career, created LaBelle Winery, in Amherst, over ten years ago.

Amy’s love for wine began during a winery tour while traveling through Nova Scotia. She instantly became intrigued with the concept of winemaking and made her first batch of wine in her Boston apartment. Amy learned about winemaking by spending hours upon hours educating herself through books on wine while practicing winemaking. She then took four years of classes at UC Davis, one of the finest viticulture programs in the world.

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JoAnn Actis-Grande travels to many great wine regions all over the world writing about wine, travel, and curious lifestyles. She lives in Portsmouth and can be reached by email at j.actisgrande@gmail.com. Find more of her Let’s Talk Wine columns online.

Let’s Talk Wine: LaBelle Winery a N.H. success story

Thursday Posted Oct 27, 2016 at 2:01 AM

By JoAnn Actis-Grande