Sam Benrubi kicks off our Charleston Wine + Food 2019 coverage on Friday, March 8th. In celebration of International Women’s Day, he welcomes three inspiring women in wine: Gillian Sciaretta of Wine Spectator, Morgan Calcote of FIG, and Laura Brennan Bissell of INCONNU. They cover a wide range of topics – from writing and tasting, to service and hospitality, to winemaking and viticulture.

Morgan Calcote is general manager and director of wine at FIG. She started as a server, and was promoted to GM in 2014.

Gillian Sciaretta joined Wine Spectator's Tasting Department in January of 2012. Since 2014 she has been the lead taster for the wine regions of Languedoc-Roussillon, Beaujolais, and Southwest France, and in 2016, she became the lead taster for the table wines of Portugal.

INCONNU, by Laura Brennan Bissell, is a one-woman project making low intervention wines from ethically farmed grapes that are delicious, accessible, and focused.

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