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REBECCA HOPKINS - FOUNDER & CEO

Rebecca Hopkins is an experienced wine communications strategist, speaker, moderator, host and writer. With a 25-year career in the wine business spanning Australia and the U.S., Rebecca founded and launched A Balanced Glass in March 2018 with a mission to provide education  and  resources  to  industry  colleagues  to  help  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 the University of Adelaide, Rebecca spent 15 years in the Australian wine industry in various sales, marketing, distribution and communication roles.  In 2007 she joined Hardy Wine Company (now Constellation Brands) as Group  Public  Relations  Manager  overseeing  global  corporate communications, public relations,  media  operations,  hospitality  and  events  before relocating to San Francisco in 2007 to lead Constellation’s U.S. wine communications.

At Constellation she lead the largest in-house brand communications and event marketing team in the U.S. wine business managing brand publicity programming and event marketing and leveraging strategic relationships across wine, culinary, luxury and lifestyle media.

In 2012 Rebecca returned to family winemaking, joining national importer Folio Fine Wine Partners, owned by the Michael Mondavi Family, as Vice President Communications & Partner. In this role Rebecca leads the communications strategy and programming for the 20+ family-owned producers who share a national marketing and sales presence in the US market.

The inaugural Australian Student Winner of the "Vin de Champagne Award" given by the Champagne region's governing body, Rebecca has moderated and presented panels at Women of the Vine & Spirits, VinItaly International,  and Wine2Wine IT, been a guest speaker at Sonoma State University, and University of Bologna, 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.

Contact Rebecca at: rebecca@abalancedglass.com 

 
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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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