"There's a fantastic sense of supporting each other, an underlying network," says Redwine. "We're all really proud of each other and of what we've accomplished in our professional lives. But sometimes, because you don't have a whole lot of time, it's hard to keep up with your learning. The members really enjoy meeting once a month for a couple of hours, being able to focus."
And that focus is bearing fruit, helping to expand and diversify the market. "When you look at the people in the group and the impact they have on the wine community...This might be a gross overgeneralization, but I do find that women are a little bit more adventurous when it comes to trying different varietals. If I have a table full of women at my restaurant who enjoy wine, they will try anything. They're really open to experiencing new things." That's why she offers a class called "Weird Wines" at least twice a year. "I put a smattering of German wines on my list to see if it could withstand being a global wine list. I sold out of almost everything. I sold out a case of Grüner Veltliner in maybe two weeks. I'm seeing a tremendous interest in value-centered imports -- things in the $40--$60 range that have an interesting story and that you can't find just anywhere."