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REBECCA HOPKINS - FOUNDER & CONTRIBUTOR

Rebecca Hopkins is an experienced wine communications strategist, speaker, moderator, host, and writer. With a 25-year career in the wine business in Australia and the US, in March 2018,  founded and launched “A Balanced Glass” - on online platform providing education and resources to industry colleagues to help support and maintain health and wellbeing while working in the beverage alcohol industry.

Raised in the premium wine region of McLaren Vale, South Australia, and a graduate of Wine Business from University of Adelaide, Hopkins spent 15 years in the Australian wine industry in various sales, marketing, distribution and communication roles before joining Hardy Wine Company (now Constellation Brands) in 2001 and relocating to San Francisco in 2007.

At Constellation Wines she helped develop and lead the largest in-house brand communications and event marketing team in the US wine business, overseeing the US wine portfolio> Here she led brand publicity programming and event marketing, leveraging strategic relationships across wine, culinary, luxury and lifestyle media.

Five years later Rebecca returned to family winemaking, joining national importer Folio Fine Wine Partners – a full-service sales, marketing and communications agency owned by the Michael Mondavi Family as Vice President Communications & Partner. In 2017 Hopkins joined Colangelo & Partners – a fine wine and spirits communications agency – supporting strategy for the agency and its key clients before establishing A Balanced Glass in March 2018.

The inaugural Australian Student Winner of the "Vin de Champagne Award" – given by the Champagne region's governing body, Hopkins has moderated and presented panels at VinItaly International (2015 – 2017), Wine2Wine IT in 2016 and 2017, and her work has been published in Meininger’s Wine Business International magazine and Wine Business Monthly (AU).

Rebecca is a 10+ year student of yoga and meditation, with a focus on breath work as a means to manage anxiety, stress, and as a tool to aid  clearer communication. She resides in San Francisco  and can often be found with yoga mat in hand. 

 
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CATHY HUYGHE - CONTRIBUTOR 

Cathy Huyghe is the co-founder and CEO of Enolytics LLC, which provides big data services to the wine industry. She is a journalist by training and writes for Forbes online about the business and politics of the wine industry, and for Inc.com about entrepreneurs. She is also the founder of Harvard Alumni in Wine and Food, a non-profit interest group within the Harvard Alumni Association.

Huyghe is the author of the award-winning book, Hungry for Wine: Seeing the World through the Lens of a Wine Glass, which has received positive reviews from publications ranging from the Wall Street Journal to NPR to the Village Voice.

In January 2017, Huyghe received the Diaz Communications Innovator of the Year award, and she was also a finalist in 2016 for the IWSC Wine Communicator of the Year award. She has received two graduate degrees from Harvard, in Design and Journalism, and a Master’s degree in Comparative Literature from the City University of New York.

Huyghe’s writing has appeared in print and online for both general-interest and wine industry publications including the Harvard Business Review network, The Atlantic, Decanter, DailyBeast, The Boston Globe, the Washington Post, Wine Enthusiast, GlobalPost, Grist.org, and Daily Candy. She has also been featured on the BBC, WNYC, WGBH, and Nevada Public Radio.

Huyghe has been practicing yoga for more than 20 years and completed her 200-hour Classical Yoga Teacher Training certification in 2013 at Kashi Urban Yoga Ashram. She has a keen interest in meditation.

Find her online at CathyHuyghe.com, Enolytics.com, and WritingForSeva.com

 

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