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ROC: Join Us For WWS Rochester's 20th Anniversary

Tuesday, July 9, 2019, 6:30 PM until 9:00 PM
Casa Larga Winery
2287 Turk Hill Road
Fairport, NY  14450

Lynne Perry
Monthly Meeting
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Format:    Panel Discussion 

Our panel discussion will be comprised of Lorraine Hems, Lynn George and Mary Burden. They will share their stories on the founding of our Chapter and how WWS helped to change them personally and professionally. The discussion will be led by WWS Rochester's Vice President, Jen Spencer. 

Timeline:  6 pm            Registration opens
                      6:30 pm      Discussion Begins

                                                         A full dinner will be served
                     8 pm            Networking Hour  - Enjoy a taste of the favorite wines of our National                                                              President, Current Chapter President and Past Chapter President


Lorraine Hems 
Lorraine Hems has been involved in the wine and spirits industry for  over 35 years. She has experience in retail, wholesale and education. She is a  Lecturer of beverage courses in the Hospitality and Tourism Management Department at the Rochester Institute of Technology. She authored a  workbook, Passport to the World of Wines in 2012, and was involved in the opening in 2006 of the New York Kitchen (formally New York Wine & Culinary  Center). She continues to teach there.

Lorraine helped start the Rochester chapter of Women for WineSense in 1999, served as co-President, presented, and received their Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012

Mary Perrone Burden 

Mary coordinated the founding of WWS of Rochester, starting in 1997 with Andrea Colaruotolo O'Neill and Lorraine Hems. She is a huge wine enthusiast who made life-long friends in the process. 

Mary is the Facilities Manager/Study Club Coordinator/Events Planner & Marketing for Progressive Implantology & Periodontics for the last 14 years.       


Lynn George

Lynn’s love of wine started with the first sip of Annie Green Springs when she was about 17, but didn’t transform into a serious love affair until she was thrown into managing my parents tiny Liquor store in Churchville, NY. At that point our top selling wine was Carlo Rossi Chablis! Yea right Chablis. Lynn quickly learned from the parade of Liquor salesmen that came to sell wine to them, that there really was a Chablis, that came from France, and Carlo Rossi, did not resemble it at all. At this point she threw herself into learning anything and everything about the huge world of fermented grapes. 

Lynn now works for one of the most powerful woman in the California wine industry, Barbara Banke, Owner of Jackson Family Wines. It is amazing how things are so incestuous in  this business, she is again selling KJ as she did with her first street job with Italian and French, and  now managing NY and VT to continue to work with this prestigious brand. 


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