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Nederburg Auction Breaks Tradition...

Founder of African American women's wine group to speak at 2006 Nederburg Auction

03 February 2006
by De Kock Communications

Breaking with tradition, the organisers of the Nederburg Auction have invited a representative of a US wine consumer organisation to make the keynote address at this year's event on Saturday, April 8.
She is Stephanie Browne, co-founder and president of Divas Uncorked, a Boston-based group established to make wine more accessible, particularly amongst professional African-American women and other minority groups in the US.

Apart from the early years, most speakers throughout the 31-year history of the auction have been wine producers, invited from traditional and New World countries. However, several years ago, Alan Cheesman, formerly director of wine for leading UK chain Sainsbury, opened the auction.

Browne, an IT specialist who works in the medical insurance industry, is to make her presentation with three of her co-founders, Karen Holmes Ward, a television host and producer; Paula Wright, an owner/operator of several McDonald's franchises; and Carolyn Golden Hebsgaard, who heads her own consulting group representing some top law firms in the US. The four established Divas Uncorked in 1998 in Boston with six other women and have since gone on to establish a collaborative consortium that works with wine producers to promote wines amongst women and minorities.


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