Written by Jill Osur, Founder and CEO
When I look back at many of the strong women who have inspired me both personally and professionally, I think Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is among the most influential. In a world where womxn were expected to comply, she famously said “I dissent.” As we count down to Womxn’s History Month, we are proud to celebrate her life with the Notorious Collection, our first themed limited-edition release.
Despite her diminutive size, the Notorious RBG, as she became known, was a jurist of historic stature, a tireless and resolute champion of justice. She believed the law was gender blind and argued landmark cases on gender equity before the Supreme Court. She became the Court’s second female justice and its first Jewish woman.
Driving progress towards gender equity is a moral and legal imperative. Until we accelerate gender justice for those left historically behind –womxn of color, LGBTQ+ and low income womxn – we cannot lift up all womxn.
At Teneral Cellars, our commitment to womxn’s empowerment extends past our glasses and into the SWARM, a membership movement with benefits and purpose #SIPWITHPURPOSE. Together we can enable change!
When SWARM members purchase the new RBG release, $10 will be donated to support the National Women’s Law Center, fighting for gender justice and working across issues central to the lives of womxn and girls. They use the law in all its forms to change culture and drive solutions to the gender inequity that shapes our society and to break down the barriers that harm all of us — especially those who face multiple forms of discrimination, including womxn of color, LGBTQ people, and low-income womxn and families.
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Each of the three wines in the Notorious release has its own story, from the one-of-a-kind label design to an RBG inspired companion recipe created by Food & Lifestyle Influencer Georgina Whalen.
Sauvignon Blanc - Pair with Speaking Out for Those Who Have No Voice.
Dissent Zinfandel - Pair with Equity & Fighting for What You Care About.
Notorious Cabernet Sauvignon - Pair with Womxn Who Control Their Own Destiny.
Georgina Whalen is the Food & Lifestyle Influencer creator behind A Noted Life, a blog started twelve years ago to help her document memorable culinary moments and partnerships. A passionate champion for racial equality and advocate for Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), the most common type of lupus, Georgina uses her platform to engage in meaningful discourse, sharing her own experiences of inequality to help drive connection and insight. Find her on Instagram @georgina.whalen.
My industry does not have a lot of equity and it’s one of my personal missions to change that. There are 0.1% Black wine makers – that’s men and womxn combined. There are only 10% female winemakers. That’s another issue for me that’s unacceptable. My company will be far more successful if I have diversity of experiences and voices. I want my business to be a model for other companies, to see how successful we will become, because we have that kind of diversity and equity.
By joining the SWARM, you become a member of a uniquely digital movement for women who love wine and want to create change in the world. You will receive discounted quarterly wine releases, access to limited release wines, invites to exclusive online events and powerful panel discussions. With each release, 10% of the profits will be donated to an organization focused on women’s issues -- including climate, justice, and social change. There is no fee to join. Sign up today to start receiving your benefits.
We will celebrate the first day of Spring (Saturday, March 20th) with a concert by singer/songwriter and activist Carsie Blanton. Learn more about Carsie on her website www.carsieblanton.com.
Everyone is looking forward to Georgina’s virtual cooking class in April. A series of virtual wine tasting and educational events with our Sommelier Vicki Tomiser is coming up. Stay tuned for details on all of these fun events.
Our Dragonfly icon symbolizes the power of self-realization, rooted in understanding a deeper meaning of life. Teneral Cellars is an entrepreneurial agent of change. In fact the brand essence of Teneral is about claiming the power within to transform the world with grit and grace. Always Being. Always becoming. Like the Dragonfly, we want all womxn to claim their power with grit and grace, just as RBG inspired us to do.
Women-owned and committed to the hard but necessary discussions, we are using exceptional wine to amplify the voices/representation of womxn in the wine industry, and around the country.
We honor Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the historic changes she helped create. As she said, “Fight for the things you care about, but do it in a way that others will join you.”
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*X in womxn is inclusive of trans womxn, womxn of color and non-binary people.
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