Women In Wine Part 5 Ft. The Co-Founders of Vinome

Welcome back!

I feel like it’s been forever since I was able to chat with some more women for this series. Thankfully I found two perfect women to join in on the Women in Wine fun! Today I’m bringing you interviews from the co-founders of Vinome, Shannon Kieran and Sara Riordan.

Vinome is a wine club that uses your DNA to tell you what kind of wine you like! I tried it, I loved it and I reviewed it here incase you want to check it out. If not, keep reading to hear how Sara and Shannon got involved in wine and their advice for you!

Co-Founder of Vinome – Shannon Kieran

How did you get started in the wine industry?

Vinome is my first venture in the wine industry. I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to merge two things I love- genetics and wine!

What gave you the idea start Vinome or why did you join the company?

The idea for Vinome came when a few friends and I were out enjoying some local wineries in the San Francisco Bay Area. We then spent a few years talking about the idea, and planning the research that would need to be done to build the product, before finally starting the company in 2015 with the help of our angel investor.

What advice would you give to a woman wanting to break into the world of wine?

My advice in general is, work where you feel your passions. This is not gender-oriented advice. However, in an industry that has been predominantly male-dominated, I would encourage women to be fearless, resilient, and focused in their pursuit of a wine career.

What’s your go-to wine at the moment?

My personal wine preferences are a bit backwards. I like reds in hot weather, and whites in cold weather. (I am also known for preferring ice cream in the winter). That being said, my go-to pleasure at this moment is the Hawley Sonoma County 2015 Viognier. It’s like biting into a ripe pear!

 

Co-Founder of Vinome – Sara Riordan

How did you get started in the wine industry?

See my answer to the next question 🙂

What gave you the idea start Vinome or why did you join the company?

I was hiking with two of my colleagues, who, like me, are genetic counselors. We all love wine (in fact, we were hiking to a winery that day). We were talking about how our DNA can influence our taste, and we thought, hey, if there is a genetic factor that affects whether people like Brussels sprouts or not, there must be genetic factors that affect wine preference! And just like that, the idea for Vinome was born. We and the rest of the Vinome team have since put  a lot of research and hard work into making Vinome a reality, but I consider that winery hike to be the birth of Vinome.

What advice would you give to a woman wanting to break into the world of wine?

The same advice I would give to anyone wanting to break into the world of wine. Wine making is an age-old art with many time honored traditions, but that doesn’t mean the industry can’t benefit from new concepts and innovation. So don’t be afraid to take the wine world by storm and bring your exciting ideas and inventive spirit to the (tasting) table.

What’s your go-to wine at the moment?

Vinome is fortunate enough to partner with Terry Hoage, one of the most renowned winemakers from the Paso Robles region. I can’t get enough of TH Estate’s lush, fruit forward GSM blends, which fit right into my Jam Dunk Vinome profile.

 

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