About the Wine Uncensored episode
Jenn Pelka of Une Femme Wines joined John Sporing, founder of A Life Well Drunk, for a WineUncensored virtual tasting on March 25, 2021. This was the fourth and final virtual tasting in celebration of Women’s History Month!
Did you miss the live tasting? No worries, watch it here:
In our conversation with Jen, we were guided through three wines:
- The Callie – Sparkling California Rosé
- The Juliette – French Champagne
- The Piquette – Still California Pinot Meunier Rosé
A portion of proceeds from all sales of Une Femme Champagne is donated to Dress for Success, the non-profit benefiting women on their journey to financial independence.
Meet the Maker
For this episode, we are welcoming Jen Pelka.
Jen is the Co-Founder of Une Femme Wines, a new line of Champagne & sparkling wines made by female winemakers and supporting women-focused charitable organizations.
Jen was formerly the Founder of The Riddler, the popular all-women funded champagne bar with locations in San Francisco and New York, named “Wine Bar of the Year” by Eater. Jen’s career in restaurants began at Chef Daniel Boulud’s iconic New York Restaurant DANIEL, where she served for 5 years across a broad range of roles – kitchen stagier, Boulud’s Research Assistant, and eventually as the US Competition Director for the Bocuse d’Or under Daniel Boulud and Thomas Keller.
She went on to lead influencer marketing, content strategy, and media relations in-house at OpenTable, Gilt Taste, and Tumblr. Jen has been named Forbes “30 Under 30” for Food & Wine, Details “Digital Maverick”, and a Cherry Bombe “It Girl.” She was a recurring guest as a secret diner on Season 1 of Bravo TV’s “Best New Restaurant”, and a guest on Season 6 of “Top Chef.”
Jen won an IACP Award Winner for Best Culinary or Brand Site in 2012 and was a James Beard Award nominee for Best Food Coverage in a Food Publication. She is an alumna of Stanford University and the London School of Economics.